With Christmas just around the corner, I’m already stuffed and sick of sugary pastries, heavy foods, and basically any sweet of any kind.
I’ve started craving summer salads. Summer salads that are a teensy bit heavier and served either warm or at room temperature (it is December, after all). When Mom (hi!) sent me a beautiful and perfectly timed bag of quinoa (thanks!), I knew a salad needed to happen.
I’m bringing this salad to a ladies’ night tonight, and hopefully it will help combat all of the other delicious and amazing heavy winter foods that I know I won’t be able to resist. The problem is that I love winter foods, but I hate that weighted down feeling when you eat too much of them, too many days in a row.
Mango Salsa Quinoa Salad (from the blog Two Peas and Their Pod)
- 1 C uncooked quinoa, rinsed
- 2 C water
- 1/2 C cilantro, roughly chopped
- 2 medium avocados, diced
- 2 medium tomatoes, diced
- 1 ripe mango, diced
- 1/4 C lime juice (1 lime)
- 1 T olive oil
- 1/2 t ground cumin
- salt and pepper to taste
This is a nice and easy throw-together recipe. Rinse the quinoa (I gave it a quick rinse even though the bag said I didn’t need to), and bring it to a boil in two cups of water. Turn the heat down to low, cover, and let it simmer for fifteen minutes or so until all of the water is absorbed and the quinoa is light and fluffy.
You say it keen-WAH, by the way. So weird. It’s also a seed, not a grain! Weirder.
In a large bowl, combine the quinoa, cilantro, and avocado.
Add the tomato.
Next, the mango, olive oil, lime juice, and spices.
Give it a nice stir to combine and serve at room temperature or warm (or cold–up to you, really).
Look at this totally gorgeous bowl that I bought at Pier One the other day (on sale!). Perfect for a Mexican-themed salad.
This recipe has the perfect amount of lime and cilantro (though Fritz won’t touch anything with cilantro with a ten-foot pole).
The best part was how creamy the avocado was.
Actually, the best part was the sweet bites of mango combined with the cumin.
It might have all been the best part. This salad was super dang delicious. If you are craving some basic but delicious, quick and healthy meals, go for this one. You could serve it with some chicken if you happen to be married to a man who thinks keen-WAH seeds don’t count as a real protein.
Henry was being super cute all day, but the best part was the perfect light combined with Christmas lights in the background and his quite impressive modeling skills.
That cat loves to be photographed. Seriously. And I’m also like a stage mom–we need to get some cat food ads going or something.