Fiesta Quinoa Salad – Gluten-free + Vegan

by Beth @ Tasty Yummies

Fiesta Quinoa Salad - Gluten-free + Vegan

Here is a quick recipe, that I have been meaning to share in full here with you guys for some time now. I made this again this week with the abundance of peppers and tomatoes we have from our CSA. This salad is full of so many of my favorite flavors but even more so, it is so full of beautiful and vibrant colors. A real party in the bowl (hence the name).

I am a big fan of Mexican flavors and spices, they are so bright and intense! If it were up to me, add just a little cilantro and cumin to a dish and you already have a winner, add avocado and now there is no way I would ever turn it down. Speaking of, I have heard that people either love cilantro or absolutely despise it, I just read a quick article the other day that it could be an actual genetic trait. So do you love cilantro or do you hate it? 

Fiesta Quinoa Salad - Gluten-free + Vegan

Fiesta Quinoa Salad - Gluten-free + Vegan

Fiesta Quinoa Salad - Gluten-free + Vegan

Fiesta Quinoa Salad - Gluten-free + Vegan

This quinoa salad is one of the recipes I made for my Buffalo News Cook of the Month feature back in July, so I included (above) some of the photos that Sharon Cantillon of the Buffalo News, took while I was preparing this dish. Since I take all of my own photos and really only feature photos of the finished dishes, I thought it would be fun to see some “action” shots. I hope you enjoy.

 

Fiesta Quinoa Salad - Gluten-free + Vegan

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1 Janet S September 19, 2012 at 8:25 am

Yummy. This salad is so colorful and beautiful and I love that it uses so many things in season right now. I have tomatoes and peppers coming out of my ears, so this is perfect. I think I will make this for dinner tonight. Thanks Beth!

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2 tastyyummies September 20, 2012 at 1:51 pm

Thanks Janet, I am with you, I have more peppers and tomatoes than I know what to do with, so making dishes like this are even more fun. Hope you enjoyed this if you made it.

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3 Kim September 19, 2012 at 8:27 am

Such beautiful colors!

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4 tastyyummies September 20, 2012 at 1:53 pm

The colors just make this dish even more special, right?

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5 Lynn Richards September 19, 2012 at 1:14 pm

Oh….YUM. I love cilantro. How could you not?
xo
lynn

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6 tastyyummies September 20, 2012 at 1:54 pm

I am with you Lynn, but if you have ever met someone that hates it, they hate it with extreme passion. It is fascinating for sure.

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7 Carol September 19, 2012 at 6:34 pm

Made this for dinner tonight. It was so good I couldn’t stop eating!!

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8 tastyyummies September 20, 2012 at 1:55 pm

Carol, I am so glad to hear you enjoyed it so much!! Thanks for the comment! :)

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9 Ali Morris September 19, 2012 at 11:29 pm

Looks delicious! Think I’ll be adding that as a side plate to some salmon patties tonight!

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10 tastyyummies September 20, 2012 at 11:50 am

Yup sounds like a great side to salmon. Hope you enjoyed it if you made it.

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11 Saundra September 19, 2012 at 11:31 pm

I love cilantro in recipes. What is the brand of the sprouted quinoa that you have listed in this recipe? I’m not aware of a sprouted product. This recipe looks so good.

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12 tastyyummies September 20, 2012 at 1:56 pm

I am with you Saundra, I buy a bunch almost every week at the farmers market. I just updated the recipe to include the link to the sprouted quinoa that I used, it is from Tru Roots http://truroots.com/products/truroots-accents/sprouted-quinoa-trio/ I really love it.

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13 ingrid September 20, 2012 at 7:10 am

It is a fiesta! I love cilantro and i also understood its a genetic thing that you either love it or find the taste soapy. Will make this dish soon, looks beautiful.

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14 tastyyummies September 20, 2012 at 1:57 pm

Ingrid – that’s the thing I have heard too, some people think it is soapy. Makes you wonder how different everything else tastes to them, too!

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15 rachael rendon May 21, 2013 at 10:00 pm

Love this recipe!!!

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16 Michelle September 13, 2013 at 8:39 pm

This looks beautiful. I am pitting it on my to do list for work lunches next week. I do have to ask if Scallions are what we aussies call spring onions?

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17 tastyyummies September 14, 2013 at 4:03 pm

Thanks Michelle. I would assume that they are the same. Green onions/scallions ;)

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18 Brittany April 17, 2014 at 6:16 am

Yum! This looks awesome, Beth. I make a similar quinoa salad but I feel like I need to try this version with the fiesta twist. :)

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19 tastyyummies April 17, 2014 at 11:00 pm

Thanks so much Brittany. I honestly cannot get enough of quinoa salads like this. Sooo yummy!!

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