Tex Mex Quinoa Salad

So fresh and light, this is a really easy salad to throw together. It's awesome for multiple meals and keeps well in the fridge. Quinoa (Keen-wah) is a pseudo-cereal, which is a seed that is consumed like a grain. It is a complete protein, rich in fiber and it's a healthy carbohydrate that is low on the glycemic index so it won't cause a massive spike in blood sugar. Quinoa is full of vitamins and minerals that make up a healthy body such as manganese, copper, iron, folate, magnesium and zinc! Quinoa is relatively tasteless on it's own. My trick is to boil it in herbs and spices or low-sodium veggie stock, this gives it a great flavour and makes it a tasty component to any dish. I add turmeric and black pepper in this recipe for added ant-inflammatory benefits. This salad is loaded with veggies like tomatoes, peppers, sweet potato, avocado and cilantro. All together they make an awesome dish!

Salad ingredients:

1 Cup of quinoa

1 tsp Turmeric

1 Bell Pepper

1 Cup of tomatoes

1/2 Cooked sweet potato

1/2 Cup of cilantro 1 Can of black beans Dressing ingredients:

1/2 Cup of avocado oil Juice of 2 limes 2 tsp chili powder

2 tsp garlic powder

1 tsp cumin

1 tsp sea salt

To make the Tex Mex Quinoa Salad:

Bake half a sweet potato for 30-40 minutes in the over. Bring 2 cups of water to boil, and add in 1 cup of Quinoa, 1 tsp of turmeric and a pinch of black pepper. Let boil for 20 mins, covered on low heat. Rinse one can of black beans, add to a bowl with chopped up bell pepper, tomatoes, cilantro and sweet potato.

Prepare dressing, add all ingredients to a bowl of container, mix together. I like making my dressings in a separate container that I can keep in the fridge, that way the salad does not get mushy/soggy. I add it when I go to eat the dish. If you are serving right away, by all meals put it all on top of the veggies! Once the sweet potato is cooked, allow to cool, chop up and add to the bowl. Same with the quinoa, once cooled add in 2 cups to your vegetable mixture. There you have your salad! Top with fresh cut avocado and the dressing if you have not already done so!

Enjoy! :)

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