Blue in the Sky

A lesbian wife and mother tries her hand at something new. Surely there is a hat that fits out there somewhere!

Quinoa Taco Salad Monday April 19, 2010

Filed under: Food Glorious Food,The Chef — The Professor @ 12:52 pm


  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 1 red onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • half a red bell pepper, chopped
  • half a green bell pepper, chopped
  • half a yellow bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • 1-2 teaspoons chili powder, depending heat preferences
  • dash cayenne pepper
  • 1 -15 ounce can black beans, drained
  • 3/4 cup diced tomatoes (fresh or canned)
  • 2 limes
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 6-8 ounces baby spinach
  • 1 bunch cilantro
  • 1/3 cup cheddar or feta cheese
  • 1 avocado, diced


  • Cook the quinoa according to package instructions.
  • Meanwhile, swirl a bit of olive oil in a saute pan. Heat oil over medium high heat. Add onion and saute for 3-5 minutes, until translucent and tender. Add garlic, cumin, oregano, chili powder, cayenne and peppers and saute an additional 2 minutes.
  • Remove from heat. Stir in the black beans, tomatoes, and the juice of 1 lime. Stir in quinoa. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Chill.
  • Roughly cut baby spinach into strips like you would shred iceberg lettuce for tacos. Remove about 1 cup of cilantro leaves from the bunch, rinse and pat dry, and toss with the spinach. Divide spinach and cilantro mixture evenly among 4 salad plates. Top each plate with a scoop of the quinoa salad. Top each salad with your choice of cheese and diced avocado. Cut the remaining lime into slices to garnish the plates.

Looks pretty yummy, doesn’t it?!  I’m thinking it’s perfect for Spring.  Not sure what night, but we will be having some this week.  I’ll let you know how it goes.

I should let you know that I found this recipe on a great blog called {Good Life eats} via my Costco Connection magazine.  How funny is that?  You never know where you will find a great recipe.  Got to keep your eyes open!


2 Responses to “Quinoa Taco Salad”

  1. Me Says:

    Yum, yum, yum. This was a winner and might become a staple around here. The avocado, lime and cilantro MAKE the dish. For a totally different vibe, warm it up. Delicious.

  2. Alicia Says:

    Saw your post about this on the Two Peas WW thread and came over to check it out. Def going to make this. My family loves quinoa and just this week DH said…could we have a taco salad one night. PERFECT. Thanks!!!

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