Are you having trouble selling the idea of quinoa on your family? Does your husband tell you it is the consistency of wet toilet paper? This recipe is the ultimate solution. Clean eating quinoa avocado dip is the answer. I was determined to make quinoa a part of our regular diet after I learned the amazing health benefits- starting with it’s high protein content! This dish combines the healthy punch of quinoa with texture and flavor galore, resulting in the conversion of many (starting with my family of 12 individuals) to this power-packed grain.
This recipe is fantastic for freshly made quinoa or leftovers. You will need 3 cups of cooked quinoa that has been cooled. If you have never made it before, take courage, it is as simple as rice- and I meant that literally! Rinse your quinoa in hot water to remove the bitter coating, then put it into your water (2 parts water to 1 part dry quinoa) and boil for 15 minutes. Take it off the heat and let it sit for 5 more minutes and… done-zo.
While your grain is cooking, start chopping and combining all the other ingredients. No particular order is necessary except that I always add seasonings last. Toss your black beans in, sweet corn, diced tomatoes, chopped cilantro and best of all, your fresh avocado.
When all your ingredients are stirred gently together (we mustn’t turn it into mush with aggressive stirring), add the flavor.
Lime juice, garlic salt, salt and pepper are all that are needed for this simple whole foods dish. You are welcome to squeeze a few limes for this, but I keep lime juice from the bottle on hand and it is so easy! Fold in the seasonings and inhale the fresh aroma deeply. Yes.
You can see how pretty this dish is, it makes the perfect summer salad, party dip or healthy afternoon snack. Even my most picky eater (my husband) loves it! I can eat it with a spoon, but if you are craving more texture, add the chips.
Chips play into my ultimate lazy-cook agenda in that they are also the utensils. Try these “July 4th” multi grain chips for a whole food option. There are lots of multi-grain chips that would work- but these have little oil and fit the bill with their texture and nutty flavor very well.
This dish is fresh and beautiful, the colors are amazing and the simple seasonings bring out the best in each ingredient.
So tell me, do you have any quinoa-converts at your house now?
- 3 cups cooked and cooled quinoa
- 2 cups sweet corn (I use frozen not canned)
- 1 14oz can black beans
- 3 ripe Roma tomatoes, diced
- 2 fresh avocados, diced
- 1 bunch chopped cilantro
- 3 Tbls lime juice or to taste
- 1 tablespoon garlic salt
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1 bag multigrain chips (I use "July 4th" brand)
- Combine ingredients gently adding seasonings last. Serve chilled with corn chips as a salad, side or main dish.
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