Quinoa Taco Salad Recipe

Pinterest LinkedIn Tumblr +

Nutritious Delicious: Turbocharge Your Favorite Recipes with 50 Everyday Superfoods

  • Yield: 4 Servings


  • ¾ cup prewashed white quinoa
  • 3 tablespoons cold-pressed extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 small onion, chopped fine
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 teaspoons minced canned chipotle chile in adobo sauce
  • 2 teaspoons tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon anchovy paste (optional)
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 cup homemade or low-sodium chicken or vegetable broth
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 head escarole (1 pound), trimmed and sliced thin
  • 2 scallions, sliced thin
  • ½ cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 (15-ounce) can black beans, rinsed
  • 8 ounces cherry or grape tomatoes, quartered
  • 1 ripe avocado, halved, pitted, and chopped
  • 2 ounces queso fresco, crumbled (½ cup)
How to Make It
  1. Toast quinoa in medium saucepan over medium-high heat, stirring frequently, until quinoa is very fragrant and makes continuous popping sound, 5 to 7 minutes; transfer to bowl.
  2. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in now-empty saucepan over medium heat until shimmering. Add onion and ¼ teaspoon salt and cook until onion is softened and lightly browned, 5 to 7 minutes.
  3. Stir in chipotle, tomato paste, anchovy paste, and cumin and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Stir in broth and toasted quinoa, increase heat to medium-high, and bring to simmer. Cover, reduce heat to low, and simmer until quinoa is tender and liquid has been absorbed, 18 to 22 minutes, stirring once halfway through cooking. Remove pan from heat and let sit, covered, for 10 minutes. Spread quinoa onto rimmed baking sheet and let cool for 20 minutes
  4. Whisk remaining 2 tablespoons oil, lime juice, ¼ teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon pepper together in large bowl. Add escarole, scallions, and ¼ cup cilantro and toss to combine. Gently fold in beans, tomatoes, and avocado. Transfer to serving platter and top with quinoa, queso fresco, and remaining ¼ cup cilantro. Serve.
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1
Nutritional Value Per Serving
420 kcal
Calories from Fat:
198 kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat
22 g
Saturated Fat
3.5 g
Trans Fat
5 mg
740 mg
45 g
Dietary Fiber
13 g
5 g
14 g
* Above mentioned %DVs (Percent Daily Values) are based on 2,000 calorie food intake.

DVs (Daily values) may be vary depending upon individuals daily calorie needs. Above nutritional values are estimates and should only be used as a guide for approximation. They are not allfoodchef.com recommendations. Calculations are based on average weight of 194 lbs. and ages of 19 to 50 years.

Comments are closed.