South America Quinoa

South America Quinoa Recipe

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debbie lopez


This is a light flavored salad that lets all the ingredients shine equally. Recommend toasting the Quinoa to get the best flavor. For those who like more spice try adding cumin and chili powder.


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2 c
quinoa, perfrably toasted
4 c
1/4 tsp
1/4 tsp
5 Tbsp
fresh lemon juice
1-2 Tbsp
olive oil, extra virgin
1/2 c
fresh cilantro, chopped
2 tsp
garlic, minced
1 c
1 c
red onion, chopped
red chili peppers, chopped (optional)
plum tomatoes, diced
1 c
cucumber, diced
avocado, diced

How to Make South America Quinoa


  • 1Place toasted Quinoa in a medium-sized pan, add the water, and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer, covered, until the liquid is absorbed, 10 to 12 minutes. Remove from heat and fluff it with a fork. Transfer the Quinoa to a large bowl and cool to room temperature.
  • 2Sprinkle quinoa with the salt and pepper and fold in 4 tablespoons of the lemon juice and the oil. Gently fold in the cilantro and garlic.
  • 3Toss the avocado with remaining tablespoon of lemon juice.
  • 4Fold the corn, onion, (chili pepper if using) tomatoes, cucumbers and avocado into the Quinoa. Serve at room temperature.

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