I made this new dish tonight that was very inspiring! You can enjoy this as an appetizer or main dish. Cinco de Mayo is around the corner, and this dish would be perfect for a party.
This dish was adapted and altered from the back of a Trader Joe’s Organic Red Quinoa box. Thank you Joe! The dressing recipe was altered from a Betty Crocker recipe I found. Thank you Betty! This could be served as a salad or as a main dish like I enjoyed it tonight. The warm red quinoa was amazing. This dish is beautiful, different and deliciously vegan!
Updated on 6/24/13 – to make life easier. I just made this dish again over the weekend and tweaked the measurements and rewrote the directions to make it simpler to follow. I am happy to report, this dish was a hit as usual!
Black Bean, Corn & Avocado Salad Over Red Quinoa with Cilantro Dressing
- 2 Cups Vegetable Broth
- 1 Cup Red Quinoa, cooked in vegetable broth (above)
- 1, 15 oz Can Black Beans, drained and rinsed
- 2 Cups Frozen Sweet Corn Kernels, thawed
- 1 Avocado, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
- 1 Cup Grape Tomatoes, halved
- 1/2 Cup Red Onion, finely diced
- Zest of 1 Lime
- 1/3 Cup Cilantro, chopped
- Cilantro Dressing (recipe below)
- Sea Salt
- Olive Oil
- Chopped Cilantro for garnish – optional
Cook quinoa with broth according to package directions.
While quinoa is cooking, combine beans, corn, avocado, tomatoes and onion, lime zest and cilantro. Add the Cilantro dressing (recipe below) and toss gently. Taste, and add sea salt as needed to bring out the flavors. It may not need much more. I added a little over 1 tsp more.
When quinoa is cooked, drizzle with olive oil, mix and spread evenly onto a large platter and top with the bean salad. Garnish with chopped cilantro if desired.
- 1/3 Cup plus 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
- 2 Tbs Finely Chopped Cilantro
- 3 Tbs White Wine Vinegar
- 1/2 tsp Salt
- 1/4 tsp Ground Cumin
- 1 – 3 tsp Agave Nectar
Place all the above ingredients into a container with tight fitting lid and shake. Taste and adjust.
Let the quinoa cool before topping it if serving as a salad, or top it and eat it warm right away! Mmmmm. Mmm