Friday, July 5, 2013

Red Quinoa, Mango, & Avocado Salad

If you bring this to your next party, I promise there won't be any left!!  The sweet mango combined with the savory beans & grains is a winning combination! 

Red Quinoa, Black Bean, & Mango Salad

1 c. red or white quinoa, dry (cooked according to directions)
2-3 avocados
2 mangoes, diced
1 red, yellow, or orange bell pepper (or 4 baby ones), finely chopped
1 can corn, rinsed
1 can low sodium black beans, rinsed
1 c. tomatoes, chopped (I prefer grape or cherry tomatoes)
1 bunch cilantro, chopped
1 jalapeno, finely diced (optional)
½ red onion, finely chopped
1 lime, squeezed
2-3 T. red wine vinegar
2 T. extra virgin olive oil
S & P, to taste

Cook quinoa according to directions & chill in the refrigerator for a couple hours.  You can cook it in advance up to a day or two before.  Chop all ingredients and toss together in a bowl.  Drizzle with vinegar, lime juice & oil.  Make sure your oil is extra virgin and if possible, get a good vinegar from the health food store that is “raw.”  Then you will reap the good health benefits from your vinegar & oil. Season with salt & pepper, if needed. 
You can use this as a dip, in a wrap, or on a salad!!  Enjoy!!

Here's a tip for cutting your avocado's into perfect little chunks:
Score them both ways, then scoop out with a spoon.
Look at all of the beautiful colors in this salad!!  This is health food at it's finest!! Gorgeous :)

 Enjoy as a dip,

in a wrap,

          or on a salad!!