Hey everyone! Long time– I know! I love eating healthy, although times like now, during finals, the importance of my nutrition tends to deprioritize. This recipe I’m about to show you for my salad above (yes, I took that photo of my photogenic meal with my android) is a mix of a few recipes I found online, plus my own twist of whatever I had in my fridge at the time…you’ll especially like this if you like chipotle or taco salads. When it comes to portions, I’m not really sure, I just feel that if you like something in your salad put more, if you don’t, put less. Also, I’m not sure how many people this serves…depends how much you eat haha… So here goes…
1 cup of organic quinoa
2 cups of water
1/2 of a 15 oz can of black beans
1 avocado – diced
1 small case of cherry tomatoes – halved
1 cup of frozen corn – cooked
a few pieces of chopped cilantro
1 lemon or lime – halved
salt and pepper*
1 cup of plain greek yogurt
Franks Red Hot Sauce*
* means this ingredient does not have a set portion, add until you like the taste of it!
1. In a saucepan bring quinoa and water to a boil. Usually preparation instructions for quinoa are on the package if you need help. This will take around 15 minutes. After being cooked, transfer into a bowl and mix in a little bit of olive oil. Set in the fridge to cool.
2. While waiting for the quinoa, prep the rest of the ingredients…Drain can of black beans, pour into bowl. Add diced avocado, halved cherry tomatoes, corn, chopped cilantro, then mix it all together.
3. Squeeze the lemon or lime onto the mixture until you think it is to your preference, add salt and pepper, and maybe a table spoon or two of minced ginger for a little kick! (I love minced ginger even by itself, so I added a lot! LOL.)
4. When this mixture tastes to your liking, have a largish bowl to add the quinoa with the mixture, and mix all the ingredients together until it looks like a beautiful colourful bowl of delicious healthiness.
5. Now to make the dressing… put 1 cup of plain greek yogurt in a small bowl. Squirt two or more tablespoons of your favourite barbecue sauce while stirring it into the yogurt. I suggest adding one teaspoon, stirring it, sample it, then add more until you like it. The same goes for the hot sauce. If it gets to salty or spicy, add some ketchup to sweeten it (yes, this does take away from the healthiness, but it’s better than throwing it all away and starting over!). Or you can just add more greek yogurt and have a ton of dressing.
6. Put the salad into a bowl and put a generous dollop of the dressing on top and voila! You’ve created my salad as shown above!
Let me know if you make this salad and what you think!