Tex Mex Quinoa Bowl

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5 from 1 vote
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Total: 30 minutes
Tex Mex Quinoa Bowl - this easy salad recipe is loaded with flavor, texture and goodness

This Tex Mex Quinoa Bowl is an easy salad recipe that is loaded with flavor, texture and goodness.  Plus, it has an amazing dressing that brings it all together.

Tex Mex Quinoa Bowl - this easy salad recipe is loaded with flavor, texture and goodness

A few months ago, I was at a food blogging conference and had an amazing salad.  It’s funny because, of all of the decadent and crazy good food I ate during the conference (Peanut Butter Lava Cake anyone?!?!), this salad was the one thing that I couldn’t get off my mind.

Seriously, I thought about it the entire flight home.

Tex Mex Quinoa Bowl - this easy salad recipe is loaded with flavor, texture and goodness

At the conference, this quinoa bowl was set up like a salad bar.  We each took a bowl filled with greens and quinoa and then added our favorite toppings.

All of my toppings centered around Tex-Mex flavors like black beans and avocado and it was all topped off with the tart juice from a few lime wedges.

It was unbelievable!

When I recreated this recipe at home, it kicked it up a few notches.  I focused solely on Tex Mex flavors – like buttery avocado.

Tex Mex Quinoa Bowl - this easy salad recipe is loaded with flavor, texture and goodness

Then I topped it off with this amazing Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette.  That was just what this salad needed.  You could even add some of this homemade pico de gallo for extra flavor.

When you pile all of this deliciousness into a big bowl atop a bed of peppery arugula, something magical happens.  All of the flavors and textures become one.

It really is the perfect balance of flavor and texture.  And, I can’t think of a better lunch or light supper!

If you are looking for an easy way to make quinoa, check out how I make quinoa in my rice cooker!

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Tex Mex Quinoa Bowl - this easy salad recipe is loaded with flavor, texture and goodness

Tex Mex Quinoa Bowl

5 from 1 vote
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Servings: 1
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup arugula
  • 1/2 cup prepared quinoa
  • 1/4 cup avocado chopped
  • 1/4 cup black beans
  • 1/4 cup corn
  • 1/4 cup red onion chopped
  • 1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette to taste

Instructions

  • Prepare quinoa according to package directions.
  • When quinoa is done cooking, spread it on a rimmed baking sheet and place it in the refrigerator to cool.
  • Meanwhile, place arugula in bowl.
  • Top with avocado, cheese, beans, corn and onions.
  • Add cooled quinoa to bowl and top with vinaigrette.

Estimated Nutritional Information

Calories: 400kcal | Carbohydrates: 46g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 30mg | Sodium: 192mg | Potassium: 710mg | Fiber: 11g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 914IU | Vitamin C: 12mg | Calcium: 263mg | Iron: 3mg

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