Fresh quinoa salad with mango and avocado

Quinoa Salad with Mango and Avocado

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I combined a few different recipes that I found online for this one, the main ones being from On My Menu and two peas & their pod (thank you!). I’ll be honest. I wasn’t expecting much. I’ve never LOVED quinoa. I can take it or leave it. I like that it’s easy and super nutritious, but that’s where my interest wanes. While I was pregnant I overdose on it a bit and then had an aversion to it for at least a year. That’s neither here nor there. This rocked! It was so fresh and delicious (despite the fact that half of a mango that I used was a little under ripe and that one of the avocados was a little brown and slightly stringy)! I will definitely be making this again. Probably often enough to kickstart another period of quinoa aversion, but hopefully not. In the future, I’ll make a few changes. I didn’t have a tomato or any red bell peppers and maybe I’ll try one of those next time. I didn’t put black beans in since Dave is allergic but maybe I’ll mix them in on the side in the future. And, I’m picturing this with either blueberries or strawberries (or both!) as a new addition. I’m DEFINITELY trying that. So here’s the recipe:

  • 1 cup quinoa (I’m sure any variety would work) rinsed and cooked with 2 cups of water (I cooked mine in a rice cooker)
  • 1 lime
  • 1 – 2 mangos
  • 2 avocados
  • green onions
  • olive oil
  • white balsamic vinegar
  • cilantro (fresh would be great but I used dried)
  • salt
  • pepper

Cook quinoa according to instructions (I used a rice cooker but it’s quick and easy to cook in a pot as well). Once cooked, fluff with fork and let cool a bit while you make your dressing. Squeeze the juice of a lime into a small bowl and add olive oil (I used about 1 tbsp) and white balsamic (I also used about 1 tbsp but I think 2tbsp would be better) and mix together with the lime juice (I used an old fashioned citrus juicer to really get all of the juice out of the lime) and a bit of salt and pepper. Pour onto quinoa and mix. Sprinkle some cilantro on and mix. I let this sit for a while because I was busy doing other things but I’m sure you can add the rest while the quinoa is still warm and it would be equally delicious. Add chopped avocado, mango, and onions, lightly mix with a fork, and enjoy!

Next time, strawberries will definitely be added!

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