Posted by The Veggie Gal on Mar - 10 - 2013 under Beans, Dinner, Gluten Free, Mexican Food, Salad, Soy Free
Ingredients

Salad
  • Greens of your choice
  • 1/4 cup cooked quiona-per plate
  • Handful black beans
  • Toppings of your choice; olives, onions, tomatoes, avocado

  • Chipotle Ranch Dressing
  • 1 cup soaked raw cashews (NOT roasted or salted!)
  • Enough clean water to just barely cover the cashews
  • 1 teaspoon (or more to taste) garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon (or more to taste) onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon (or more to taste) dried parsley
  • 1 teaspoon (or more to taste) chives
  • 1/2 teaspoon (or more to taste) dill weed
  • 1/2 teaspoon(or more to taste) lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon (or more to taste) sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon (or more to taste) chipotle seasoning
  • pepper to taste

  • Cuisine: Cooking time: 15 +15 prep mins Serving: 2 + extra dressing people

    Spring is in the air and I’m getting excited for the weather to warm up and to be able to wear lighter clothes soon.  I actually have a few flowers that just popped up in my front yard so I’m buzzing with excitement.  We all need to get ready for those summer clothes right now and salads are a great way to drop a couple of pounds.

    This salad is very hearty that you can just have it alone as a meal.  The quinoa is super high in protein and satisfies a big appetite.  Add what ever other Mexican flavors you enjoy like jalapenos or red onions to make it just the way you like it.

    The Ranch recipe is similar to my Cucumber Cashew Ranch just minus the cucumbers and add chipotle seasoning.  It all comes together in less than 30 minutes!

    Mexican Quinoa Salad w/chipotle Ranch Dressing

    Mexican Quinoa Salad with Chipotle Ranch Dressing

    Greens of your choice
    1/4 cup cooked quiona-per plate (cook according to package directions-chill if desired while making the Ranch)
    Handful black beans
    Toppings of your choice; olives, onions, tomatoes, avocado
    Top with Chipotle Ranch Dressing (recipe below)

    Chipotle Ranch Dressing
    Makes approx 2 cups dressing

    1 cup soaked raw cashews (NOT roasted or salted!)
    Enough clean water to just barely cover the cashews once placed in the blender or food processor
    1 teaspoon (or more to taste) garlic powder
    1 teaspoon (or more to taste) onion powder
    1 teaspoon (or more to taste) dried parsley
    1 teaspoon (or more to taste) chives
    1/2 teaspoon (or more to taste) dill weed
    1/2 teaspoon(or more to taste) lemon juice
    1/2 teaspoon (or more to taste) sea salt
    1/2 teaspoon (or more to taste) chipotle seasoning (Mrs. Dash works great since no salt is added)
    pepper to taste

    Make sure you soak your nuts, rinse completely and pour into your high powered blender or food processor.

    Add all the rest of the ingredients in the order listed and blend until creamy.  If you are doing this in a food processor stop periodically and scrape the sides down.

    Taste and adjust the spices to your liking.  If you need it to be thinner adjust the moisture with more water.

    Pour into a container with a lid and refrigerate until well chilled, although it can be eaten right away if you do not mind it slightly warm.

    Mexican Quinoa Salad

    Mexican Quinoa Salad w/chipotle Ranch Dressing

    Pour onto your salad and ENJOY!

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    3 Responses so far.

    1. Laura says:

      This looks absolutely amazing! My husband and I are trying to improve out diets after a recent health scare and let me tell you, this will definitely be going on our menu! Lol 😀 Thanks for posting such yummy foods! Can’t wait to try these out!

    2. Dear Kim, You are making wonderful salads next to high quality photos. Many vegan blogs and websites have great ideas but the photos are often too grey. Your photos have natural and attractive colours. I will return here for more veggie-inspiration.
      Best wishes from Paula

    3. Thanks Laura! I’m glad you are finding things for your new life style. Even though health scares can be well …. SCARY 🙂 sometimes they are the wake up call we need to get us on the right path. I know for our family health problems put us on a plant based diet and we don’t regret it at all. Good luck to you and I hope you can find more things here and many other places to help you with your new menu. I also hope your new menu will improve your health!

      Kim

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