Mexican Green Chile Quinoa Salad

 Mexican Green Chile Quinoa Salad. Colorful, crunchy, spicy and full of great whole ingrients, this can be served as a warm side dish or chilled salad. Gluten-free and Vegan. - BoulderLocavore.com

If you want a colorful, crunchy salad or side dish that’s full of flavor and great nutrition Mexican Green Chile Quinoa Salad is the ticket!  Quick and easy to make, it can be served as a chilled salad or warm side dish.

Mexican Green Chile Quinoa Salad. Colorful, crunchy, spicy and full of great whole ingrients, this can be served as a warm side dish or chilled salad. Gluten-free and Vegan. - BoulderLocavore.com

This weekend, Labor Day, signals the official close of summer.  Of course in many areas Mother Nature doesn’t flip the switch to fall but it has definitely felt cooler and heading that way here in Boulder.  My kids and I were just talking yesterday about the visible signs of fall; the softer warm tone of the light, trees beginning to turn, temperatures which aren’t so beastly hot.  We all agreed it’s a favorite season and we look forward to the cozy foods, warmer clothes and the hope that it will stay awhile.

Mexican Green Chile Quinoa Salad. Colorful, crunchy, spicy and full of great whole ingrients, this can be served as a warm side dish or chilled salad. Gluten-free and Vegan. - BoulderLocavore.com

Labor Day is usually full of grilling, outings and get togethers.  In thinking through my own weekend plans, I wanted to create a delicious salad that would go well with any meal or picnic.  I’ve been playing with this recipe for a while and felt it was time to share it: Mexican Green Chile Quinoa Salad.

Mexican Green Chile Quinoa Salad really can be a warm side dish or chilled salad.  It’s colorful, loaded with vegetables and high protein quinoa giving it a great texture and crunch.  It’s drizzled with a slightly spicy cumin lime adobo dressing to give a bit of a kick!  With some thinly sliced fresh jalapeno in the mix it has a great bite!

Mexican Green Chile Quinoa Salad. Colorful, crunchy, spicy and full of great whole ingrients, this can be served as a warm side dish or chilled salad. Gluten-free and Vegan. - BoulderLocavore.com

One thing I love about this salad is the opportunity to change up the look by using different colored quinoa.  It gives the salad a different feel all together.  The sweet peppers can be changed too to use yellow, orange, green or red.  I’ve made Black Quinoa with Brown-Butter Sage Butternut Squash and Pepitas into a healthy recipe perfect for Halloween.  Rainbow Quinoa is fun as it includes three colors of quinoa.  Any type you use will cook in about 15-20 minutes and have great bite!

Mexican Green Chile Quinoa Salad. Colorful, crunchy, spicy and full of great whole ingrients, this can be served as a warm side dish or chilled salad. Gluten-free and Vegan. - BoulderLocavore.com

We too will be grilling but I’m not sure what.  I love these Grill-Smoked Green Chile Burgers in a Bacon Weave (who doesn’t love anything with bacon?!).  Some Easy Grilled Shish Kabobs or a Grilled Chicken Cesar Salad might be great too.  The Mexican Green Chile Quinoa Salad would be a perfect partner with Smoky Grilled Chicken and Vegetable Quesadillas too.  Or, as I did last night, I might just eat it solo for dinner!  It’s that good.

Mexican Green Chile Quinoa Salad

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 9-10 cups salad

This tasty salad is great chilled or served warm as a side dish. Light and bright, it's easy to prepare and is chock full of great nutrition as well as spicy, full flavors.

Ingredients

  • 3 cups prepared Quinoa
  • 1 15-ounce can Black Beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 15-ounce can Corn, drained (frozen and thawed, or fresh parboiled corn kernels may also be used)
  • 1 7-ounce can Diced Mild Green Chilies, drained
  • ¾ cup chopped Red Onion
  • 1 cup chopped Sweet Bell Pepper
  • 1 Jalapeno Pepper, thinly sliced (note: to decrease the heat level, remove the seeds from the pepper and wash hands thoroughly after handling the pepper)
  • 1 medium ripe but firm Avocado, cut into small cubes
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh Cilantro leaves
  • ¼ cup Olive Oil
  • Juice of 2 Limes
  • ½ teaspoon ground Cumin
  • 1/8 teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
  • 1 large Garlic Clove, diced
  • 2 teaspoons Adobo Sauce
  • Kosher Salt to taste

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl combine the quinoa, black beans, corn, green chilies, onion, bell pepper, jalapeno slices, avocado and cilantro. Gently stir to combine.
  2. In a small mixing bowl, combine the olive oil, lime juice, cumin, cayenne, garlic and adobo sauce. Whisk to combine and drizzle onto the salad; toss to combine. Taste and as salt to taste. Maybe served warm or chilled before serving.
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Comments

  1. says

    I just made this for dinner and for the first time in my married life, my husband ate quinoa. And then he asked for seconds. And then thirds!
    Needless to say it was a big hit and I’ll definitely make it again!

    • says

      There is no better compliment that you could give me Brianna! I’m delighted he liked it so much. I will confess I’ve been eating it everyday, at any time of day, and think it keeps getting better without looking it’s great texture. Thank you so much for leaving your comment!

  2. says

    So, I need to practice my cooking skills with quinoa. I made it for the first time last month and was not a fan. I’m not sure if I did something wrong or it was just a bad recipe, but I’d totally be open to trying it again. Your recipe does look like a great way to restart!

  3. Jeanine says

    Big fan of quinoa here so this would be great to try! It looks super healthy and super delicious. Will have to try this!

  4. Ann Bacciaglia says

    This looks so delicious and easy to make . I love dishes that taste even better the next day. I can not wait to try this recipe.

  5. Susan says

    Would this work without the Adobo sauce? I ask because the one time I had adobo, I really didn’t like the flavor. Maybe add a little chipotle powder instead? Otherwise, the salad sounds wonderful.

    • says

      The adobo sauce (the sauce that chipotle chilies come in when canned) adds both spiciness and a smoky flavor. If you don’t care for it, just leave it out! There are enough other flavors that I’m sure it will still be delicious it just would miss the flavors mentioned.

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