This healthy Mexican Quinoa Salad is a quick, easy, and gloriously make-ahead dish! Tossed in a speedy homemade chili lime dressing, this fiesta quinoa bowl is full of flavor!
First rinse and drain your quinoa using a mesh strainer or sieve.
Bring a medium saucepan to medium heat and lightly toast the quinoa to remove any excess water. Stir as it toasts for just a few minutes. This step is optional but really adds to the nuttiness and fluff factor of the quinoa!
Next add water, set burner at high, and bring to a boil. Once boiling, reduce heat to low and simmer, covered with the lid slightly ajar, for 12-13 minutes or until quinoa is fluffy and the liquid has been absorbed.
While the quinoa cooks, chop and prep your veggies and cilantro. Drain and rinse beans if using canned. Whisk together your dressing ingredients.
Snag your now-fluffy quinoa from the pot and give it a little fluff with a fork. Add remaining ingredients and dressing and mix well. Refrigerate to cool quinoa and allow flavors to mingle and amplify, approx. 1-2 hours or more. Enjoy chilled and feel free to add any additional seasoning, veggies, or lime juice to taste!
Adjust dressing acidity to taste by adding more lime juice to the mix or mellow it down a bit by swapping some of the vinegar for additional lime juice. You can kind of mix and match and play around here to find your perfect combo.
Feel free to add as many veggies to this salad as you'd like! In addition to the veggies above, you can also add sliced black olives, avocado, jalapeños, and more!
Nutrition Facts below are estimated using an online recipe nutrition calculator. Adjust as needed and enjoy!
Recipe by Peas and Crayons - Mexican Quinoa Salad with Chili Lime Dressing https://peasandcrayons.com/2019/05/mexican-quinoa-salad-recipe.html