This quinoa salad is a perfect, easy side dish.  This past weekend was Super Saturday at my house . In our quarterly meeting we discuss the upcoming products and promotions and network.

Sara Stakeley introduced this side dish to share and it absolutely rocks!!!  I seriously couldn’t be more excited to share this with you.  If you have a 4th of July picnic or family get together this one is going to have people asking for the recipe!!!  Thank you Sara Stakeley for sharing it with me!!!!

Ingredients

Southwest Quinoa Salad1/3 cup fresh lemon juice

1/3 cup olive oil

3 tbsp chopped fresh cilantro

Sea salt and fresh ground black pepper, to taste

1 cup quinoa, rinsed and drained

1 tsp cumin seeds, toasted, or 1 tsp ground cumin

High-heat cooking oil (such as sunflower, safflower, peanut or grape seed oil), as needed to lightly coat grill grate

2 cobs fresh corn, husks and silk removed (or 1 1/4 cups frozen corn, thawed)

1 cup cooked black beans, drained

1 plum tomato, diced

1 zucchini or yellow zucchini squash, diced

1/4 cup finely chopped red onion

Directions

  1. In a small bowl, whisk lemon juice, olive oil, cilantro, salt and pepper; set aside.
  2. In a saucepan, bring 2 cups water to a boil; add quinoa and cumin. Cover, reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until liquid is absorbed, about 12 minutes. Remove pan from heat and let stand for 5 minutes. Uncover, fluff with a fork and let cool for at least 10 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, heat an outdoor grill to medium-high and lightly oil grate with cooking oil. Add corn, close lid and grill, turning once, until tender and lightly charred, 10 to 15 minutes. (Alternatively, boil cobs in a large pot of simmering water. Cover and cook until tender, 6 to 10 minutes.) Let corn cool, then cut kernels from cob.
  4. In a large bowl, combine quinoa, corn kernels, beans, tomato, zucchini and onion. Pour lemon-cilantro dressing over top and toss to combine. Cover and refrigerate salad for at least 1 hour to allow flavors to meld, or up to 2 days.
Let me know what you think if you try it!  It’s da BOMB!!!!