Quinoa Guacamole Salad

Cheesecake Brownie Bites. Banana Bread French Toast. Vanilla Bean Rice Pudding Crème Brûlée. Things have been, how can I put this, rather bikini un-friendly around here lately (and by “lately,” I mean “as per usual”). So I decided to give the waistband of my pants a break this week by lightening up the caloric load with Quinoa Guacamole Salad, and I’m also serving up a few tips in my video below for how to cook quinoa so that it’s super light and fluffy.

The dish is a mash-up of two of the most popular recipes on the site, Guacamole Bruschetta and Quinoa with Corn and Scallions. It takes the best of both ingredient lists and whisks them into a whole grain, veggie-packed, fresh and citrusy salad that’s just as tasty as a starter or as a main course.

And now that it’s officially summer, I’m hoping that this recipe makes bathing suit shopping a pinch less painful. That is, until next week’s recipe hits the interwebs. (Hint: It rhymes with “schmeanut schmutter snookies.”)

Quinoa

Fresh Lime Zest

Avocados

Tomatoes

Quinoa Guacamole Salad

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Quinoa Guacamole Salad

Cheesecake Brownie Bites. Banana Bread French Toast. Vanilla Bean Rice Pudding Crème Brûlée. Things have been, how can I put this, rather bikini un-friendly around here lately (and by “lately,” I mean “as per usual”). So I decided to give the waistband of my pants a break this week by lightening up the caloric load with Quinoa […]
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Quinoa Guacamole Salad
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Servings 10 servings

Ingredients 

  • 2 cups uncooked quinoa
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 Tablespoons chopped cilantro
  • 2 teaspoons freshly grated lime zest
  • 3 Tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 3 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 avocados
  • 2 tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup chopped white onion

Instructions 

  • Rinse the quinoa in a fine mesh sieve until the water runs clear.
  • Add the quinoa, plus 4 cups water, to a medium saucepan. Bring the quinoa to a boil then reduce the heat to low and simmer for 25 minutes (uncovered), or until the germ ring is visible (indicating the quinoa is cooked). Transfer the quinoa to a large bowl to cool.
  • Whisk together the garlic, cilantro, lime zest, lime juice, salt, pepper and olive oil in a small bowl. Set aside.
  • Dice the avocados and tomatoes into bite-sized pieces. (See Kelly's Notes.)
  • Add the diced avocado, tomatoes and onions to the quninoa. Drizzle with dressing and fold to thoroughly combine.
  • Serve salad at room temperature or refrigerate and serve cold.

Kelly's Notes:

  • To avoid adding excess liquid to the salad, de-seed the tomatoes with a small spoon before dicing.
  • Dice the avocados at the last possible moment to avoid having them brown prior to folding into the salad.
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Calories: 236kcal, Carbohydrates: 27g, Protein: 5g, Fat: 12g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 238mg, Potassium: 461mg, Fiber: 5g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 270IU, Vitamin C: 9.7mg, Calcium: 26mg, Iron: 1.9mg

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  1. Quinoa is such a versatile grain and this your version with guacamole is a stroke of brilliance! Great combination!

  2. Hi Kelly Senyei, my name is Maria. This is an amazing recipe. I love all your recipes so much that I added this one to my blog, but giving the link to here, as the original source, as I always do with everything I publish. Thank you very much for your time and kind consideration and for the excellent recipes you bring to us.

  3. This looks fantastic! I must get avocados and start cooking like it’s summer.

  4. what a beautiful salad! i love the colors! quinoa is such a fabulous superfood:) thanks for sharing!

  5. I seriously love quinoa. The abundance of recipes I’ve been seeing all over the blogs and especially on Pinterest makes me so happy :)

  6. This is fantastic! I cooked the Quinoa with low sodium chicken broth and added some red bell peppers because I needed to use them up. Will definitely be making again. This is my first time making quinoa, I have been wanting to try it for awhile it is really good. Thanks!

    1. Thank you, Teresa! Quinoa (pronounced “keen-wah”) is a whole grain (often referred to as a seed) and you cook it until the germ ring is visible. It’s super healthy and super filling!

  7. Love this!!! I have an avocado in the fridge and was wondering what to do with it…now I know!!!! Thx for sharing!

  8. I’m head-over-heels for quinoa these days. And add avocado to anything and I’m on board. This looks like such a flavor salad, and perfect for summer!

  9. Looks delicious! Bikini season sneaks up on us every year. Darn swimsuits.

  10. Love quinoa!! I have a quinoa tabouleh on my site that I love. This looks incredibly tasty too!

  11. I love quinoa, and I love guac! This looks delicious. Although, I’m excited for those “schmeanut schmutter snookies” too ;)