When it comes to food, if Mexican flair is involved, count me in! This Tex-Mex Quinoa Salad with Creamy Avocado Cilantro Dressing is just what you need to brighten up your weekly lunches.  It’s a complete meal on it’s own- packing plant based protein + fiber from the quinoa, black beans, and chickpeas- but is also great thrown on top of greens for extra micronutrients, or served alongside any of your favorite main dishes.

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Handmade salad bowl by Marsha Karagheusian.

Perhaps my favorite part about this Tex-Mex Quinoa Salad is the creamy avocado cilantro dressing.  I mean, all I want to do is lift that spoon out of the bowl and drive it straight into my mouth *insert drool emoji*. Avocado is certainly in my top 5 favorite foods- it makes literally everything taste better- but I love how it adds a richness to this otherwise light plant-based meal, making it even more satisfying (especially for those who aren’t totally sold on vegan eating yet).

avocado dressing

The best part about this recipe is the fact that the only prep you have to do is chopping, and then it can all literally be tossed together in one bowl.  With minimal cooking involved, anyone can master this recipe- done and done!

This Tex-Mex Quinoa Salad will quickly become one of your go-to lunches.  The crunchiness of the peppers and green onions keep it fresh, the heartiness of the beans keep you full, the nuttiness from the quinoa is the extra little bite you need, and the creaminess of the avocado dressing combined with the brightness from the lime tie everything perfectly together! I can’t wait for you to try it!

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The pepitas add a nutty, salty crunch to the salad when sprinkled on right before eating.


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