quinoa salad with mango and avocado.
The name alone sounds healthy and exotic. Then toss in some mango, avocado and cilantro and we’ve got a full-on flavor party.
I realize I’m not going to convince everyone to give quinoa a try but this nutty grain is packed with fiber and protein and you just feel down-right healthy eating it. I might even still feel good about it smothered in hot fudge. Ok, maybe not…
What I do like about quinoa as a frugal foodie is that it is hearty enough to base a meal around, diverse so you can add all sorts of flavors to it, and it costs far less than most sources of protein. It makes me think I may try sneaking in a few more vegetarian dishes this year (don’t tell my husband).
Quinoa Salad with Mango and Avocado
(Serves 4 as a main dish, 6-8 as a side)
What You’ll Need:
1 cup quinoa
2 cups water
1 avocado, chopped into 1/2 inch pieces
1 mango, chopped into 1/2 inch pieces
1 large tomato, chopped into 1/2 inch pieces
1/3 cup cilantro, chopped
3 green onions, chopped
juice of 2 limes
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon cumin
salt and pepper
Place quinoa and water in a covered medium saucepan and set over medium heat. Bring to a boil for 1 minute, then turn heat down to low and simmer, covered, for 20 minutes. Toss with a fork and bring to room temperature.
Once cool, toss quinoa, avocado, mango, tomato, cilantro and green onion in a medium bowl. Separately, whisk together lime juice, olive oil, cumin, salt and pepper. Toss together with the salad. Taste for seasoning and add more salt and pepper as needed.
Serve cold or at room temperature.
Wondering how on earth I arrived at these costs? Take a look at my shopping guide to show see what I pay for items, per serving, etc.
305 calories per serving
13 grams of fat
8 grams protein
8 grams fiber
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