Loaded Quinoa Salad Recipe with Green Chile Dressing. Packed with veggies and kissed with a perky chile dressing!
In a random dinner conversation, a local chef recently mentioned that he thought quinoa tasted like birdseed.
After a chuckle, I thought out loud, “Well, I’ve never thought of it tasting like birdseed, but what does it taste like? It’s nutty. Earthy… But mostly it just tastes like whatever you add to it.”
Such is the reality of quinoa.
Yes, it’s a hearty superfood loaded with protein, fiber and minerals. Yet taste-wise, it mainly favors the other ingredients incorporated into the dish… And birdseed. *wink*
You can certainly coax the nutty essence to the forefront, by toasting the quinoa before boiling. Yet quinoa cooked with fresh herbs, tends to taste like fresh herbs, and quinoa cooked with spices, tastes like spices.
This shouldn’t be a reason to look down on quinoa.
In fact, I think of it as a positive quality. Quinoa is a versatile power-packed platform to build upon with a wide array of flavors, like fresh veggies, or say, an awesome delicately smoky green chile dressing.
I have so many good things to say about today’s Quinoa Salad Recipe with Green Chile Dressing.
Although if you take a long look at the photos, I’m sure you can see the appeal for yourself.
Light fluffy quinoa with a nutty aroma.
Piles of crisp cool rainbow colored vegetables.
Creamy smooth green chile dressing with a tangy-sweet note.
It’s healthy, yet filling and satisfying.
I love the contrast of the colorful blend of fresh veggies mixed with the starchy grainy quality of the quinoa.
Yet what really sets this Quinoa Salad Recipe apart is the mean green dressing that is tossed in at the end.
I used one of my favorite pantry go-to items, Old El Paso Chopped Green Chiles, as the base of this tantalizing dressing.
Green chiles are a great flavor-boosting ingredient because they offer a mildly smoking sweetness and tang to any recipe.
I poured Old El Paso Green Chiles with cilantro, garlic, lime juice, honey, and oil to make a silky dressing that offers huge perky appeal to the quinoa salad.
I mean, fire works and clashing cymbals kind of flavor.
Flavor that makes your mouth come alive.
This particular quinoa salad was basically shaking with giddy anticipation as I drizzled the green chile dressing over the top.
It was good before, but now?
Now it dazzles!
If you have resigned to believe that all quinoa dishes are boring, it’s time to give this fresh and zesty Quinoa Salad Recipe with Green Chile Dressing a try.
It’s also time to start packing your pantry with Old El Paso Green Chiles.
Quinoa Salad Recipe with Green Chile Dressing is vegan, gluten free, packed with nutrients, and makes a great make-ahead dish for parties and picnics.
You are going to love it!
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