A tasty combination of quinoa, avocado, cumin, and lime juice with fresh veggies for a delicious meal!

Recipe Summary

prep:
5 mins
cook:
15 mins
additional:
30 mins
total:
50 mins
Servings:
2
Yield:
2 salads
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Ingredients

2
Original recipe yields 2 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Bring the quinoa and water to a boil in a saucepan over high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until the quinoa is tender, and the water has been absorbed, about 15 to 20 minutes. Spread into a mixing bowl, and refrigerate until cold.

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  • Once the quinoa has chilled, gently stir in the tomatoes, cucumber, and onion. Season with lime juice, cumin, salt, and pepper; stir to combine. Divide the spinach leaves onto salad plates, and top with the quinoa salad. Garnish with the avocado slices to serve.

Cook's Note

Be sure to rinse the quinoa thoroughly before cooking as there is a bitter coating on the grains. Regular quinoa can be used in place of the red quinoa (they taste the same). Red quinoa is usually found in the Organic section of most grocers or also in bulk food type stores.

Nutrition Facts

311 calories; protein 8.1g 16% DV; carbohydrates 37.1g 12% DV; fat 17.3g 27% DV; cholesterolmg; sodium 45.8mg 2% DV. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
04/18/2011
Wow what an easy and delicious dish to prepare! I worried there might not be enough seasonings but this dish was flavourful and refreshing. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
06/06/2012
I don't know why but I thought this was going to be a hot dish. Obviously I didn't read the instructions all the way through. I thought the flavor was very good - the lime and cumin. I didn't have red quinoa so I used regular quinoa and I could have used more of it. Also the avocado I had wasn't quite ripe. All in all I don't think there's anything wrong with the recipe I think my dissatisfaction had to do with me wanting a hot dish and using an unripe avocado. I'll try it out again... Read More
(3)
87 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 61
  • 4 star values: 20
  • 3 star values: 4
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
04/18/2011
Wow what an easy and delicious dish to prepare! I worried there might not be enough seasonings but this dish was flavourful and refreshing. Read More
(32)
Rating: 5 stars
05/03/2011
Excellent.....and I love quinoa so this is just another delicious way to enjoy it....my only mini change was to cook my quinoa in chicken broth instead of water. Loved this healthy and light dinner. Thanks Gitano! Read More
(28)
Rating: 5 stars
02/28/2011
delicious! I added in chopped parley and chick peas and omitted the spinach, onion & cukes (only because I didn't have any on hand) - and it was still great. Husband loved it. I used lemon instead of lime and added a little EVOO to make a dressing. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
05/20/2011
As is the recipe doesn't have enough of a dressing to serve it over the spinach leaves. The rating is for the recipe without the spinach and also with a tablespoon of olive oil added to pull the flavors together a bit more. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
05/03/2011
This is good but I thought it needed some garlic powder a splash of Louisiana hot sauce and a seeded devained and diced fresh jalapeno. I used my microwave rice cooker and followed the instructions on the side of the quinoa box. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/07/2011
Excellent salad! Very refreshing and flavorful. Love the lime juice and cumin... Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/15/2011
Used regular quinoa and LOVED this - also cooked quinoa in chicken stock rather than water. Next time may add a kick of cilantro. Great recipe and a crowd pleaser! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/28/2011
So good and so simple!! I've made this a few times with some slight variations. I have found that the recipe as written is the best! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/14/2011
This was great! Really loved the lime thanks for the recipe:) Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
06/06/2012
I don't know why but I thought this was going to be a hot dish. Obviously I didn't read the instructions all the way through. I thought the flavor was very good - the lime and cumin. I didn't have red quinoa so I used regular quinoa and I could have used more of it. Also the avocado I had wasn't quite ripe. All in all I don't think there's anything wrong with the recipe I think my dissatisfaction had to do with me wanting a hot dish and using an unripe avocado. I'll try it out again... Read More
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