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Quinoa Salad with Creamy Avocado-Lime Dressing


Quinoa Salad with Creamy Avocado-Lime Dressing

Quinoa Salad with Creamy Avocado-Lime Dressing - Ensalada de Quinoa con Crema de Palta

Marian Blazes
This creamy salad dressing is a great use for avocados that are almost past their prime, and it will even keep well for a day or two. Serve it with this fresh salad made of lettuce, quinoa, corn, black beans, red peppers, and green onions. I like to use tricolor quinoa for this salad, but any kind of quinoa works well.

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Yield: Serves 3-4 as main course.


  • For the quinoa salad:
  • 1 cup raw quinoa
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 package Goya seasoning (or substitute 1 teaspoon cumin, 1 teaspoon garlic salt, 1/4 teaspoon chili powder, and 1 teaspoon paprika)
  • 2 teaspoon olive oil
  • 2 cups mixed baby lettuces
  • 1 cup canned black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen (thawed) corn
  • 1 large red bell pepper
  • 4 scallions
  • 1/2 cup sliced black olives
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro for garnish
  • _____
  • For the dressing:
  • 2 ripe avocados
  • 1 lime
  • 1/4 cup cilantro leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3-6 tablespoon buttermilk or plain yogurt


  1. Cook the quinoa: Place the olive oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Rinse the quinoa and add to the saucepan. Toast quinoa grains for several minutes, stirring constantly, until fragrant.

  2. Add the water and seasoning and bring mixture to a gentle simmer. Cover and cook for 15 minutes, then remove from heat and let stand, covered, for five minutes more. Uncover and fluff quinoa with a fork. Let cool.

  3. Prepare the dressing: Cut the avocados in half and remove the seed. Scrape the flesh from the skin and place it in a blender or food processor. Add the juice from the lime, the salt, cilantro leaves, and the chili powder. Add 3 tablespoons buttermilk (or plain yogurt) and process mixture until smooth. Add more buttermilk until desired texture is obtained (if using yogurt, you can thin the dressing with water instead). Taste for seasoning, and add more lime juice, salt, chili powder or black pepper to taste.

  4. Seed and chop the red bell pepper into bite-sized pieces. Chop the white and green parts of the green onions.

  5. Assemble salad: Arrange the lettuce on one large serving dish (or divided into individual plates). Top the lettuce with the quinoa. Scatter the red bell pepper, corn, black beans, and scallions over the quinoa. Sprinkle chopped fresh cilantro over the salad as a garnish if desired.

  6. Serve salad with avocado-lime dressing on the side.

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