Friday, February 15, 2013

Tortilla Quinoa Salad with Cilantro Lime Dressing

We went to my brother's to watch the Super Bowl and I brought Tortilla Quinoa Salad with Cilantro Lime Dressing. I put it together with several modifications from the original recipe. But after eating it that Sunday, I made a few more changes and voilathe salad is perfect! My hubby brought the salad to his Tuesday meeting pot luck and it was a hit!

Tortilla Quinoa Salad w/Cilantro Lime Dressing

From Inspired by Cooking with Quinoa
Yield 6 - 8 servings

Category Salad
Cuisine Vegan

6 corn tortillas
olive oil spray
5 oz pkg organic spring mix
2 C cooked quinoa
1 15 oz can black beans, drained and rinsed
12-15 grape or cherry tomatoes, quartered
2-3 green onions, thinly sliced
1 avocado, pittted, peeled and diced
1/4 C fresh lime juice
1 Tbsp maple syrup
1/2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
1 clove garlic, minced
1 Tbsp finely chopped cilantro
1/4 C extra virgin olive oil
1/4 tsp sea salt

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cut tortillas in half and then into 1/4 inch strips. Place on baking sheet and spray with olive oil. Salt and pepper to taste. Bake about 10 minutes, turning half-way through.
2. In a large bowl, combine lettuce, quinoa, black beans, tomatoes, onions and avacado.
3. Prepare dressing by adding all ingredients into a small food processor or blender. Process until smooth.
4. Toss salad with dressing and top with tortilla strips.

If you don't have a small blender or food processor to make the dressing, you can use a whisk as long as the cilantro and garlic are finely chopped.

Try this salad and tell me what you think. Would you add jalapeno to this recipe?


  1. Chris, How do you stay so slim with all these delicious recipes you make? Have you posted anywhere what a typical day's food and beverage intake looks like for you?

    1. I frequently get that question, so I'll pass on the link to a post about my day of

      Really if you stick to foods that are plant-based, and avoid the bread-type things, you can stay slim. I even consume more than a handful of raw nuts and dried fruit (trail mix I put together) on a daily basis plus avocado regularly.