Today I have Vijay from NoshOnIt guest posting for me!

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Now you need to check out this amazing quinoa recipe that Vijay shared with you today!

Take it away Vijay…..

Tex-Mex Quinoa Salad with Cumin Lime Vinaigrette

Hi everybody! My name is Vijay and I’m the “Chief Nosher” over at NoshOnIt, a daily email newsletter inspiring you to cook better each and every day. We feature hand-picked recipes and expert cooking tips from amazing bloggers like Meagan so you don’t have to think about what to make for dinner. I’m so happy to be guest posting here today on A Zesty Bite – thanks so much to Meagan for having me.

First things first, I know that Cinco de Mayo has passed…I’m just in denial. See, I grew up in Houston, Texas not far from where Meagan lives, and even though I currently live in Boston (where “spring” means you still have to wear a jacket), the flavors of Tex-Mex food just seem to run through my blood. I just can’t get enough. We don’t have the best Tex-Mex food up here so when I have a hankering, I have to make it myself!

As summer starts to peek its head around the corner, I’m beginning to think about putting away the enchiladas for something a little “smarter.”

But wait, you say! Tex-Mex food doesn’t have to be heavy, or loaded with cheese, or unhealthy? No! And this Tex-Mex Quinoa Salad proves it. Instead of the typical white quinoa, use red quinoa, which is just as easily available but holds it shape better in cold salads like this one. Plus, it’s the perfect backdrop for the rainbow of other colorful ingredients to stand out – red and orange bell peppers, cilantro, and black beans. Oh, and I threw an avocado in there for good measure…because you just can’t have enough avocado. Never.

Tex-Mex Quinoa Salad with Cumin Lime Vinaigrette

 For the dressing, just whisk together lime juice, cumin (for a little smokiness), and a couple of shakes of Cholula hot sauce for a vinaigrette that’s tart, earthy, and just a little bit spicy…or as we say around this blog…zesty! And when you go to the store, pick up a few extra limes, because you might need an extra squeeze at the end depending on how tart you like it.

You can of course serve this in bowls, but it also turns into a fun party appetizer if you spoon it into the scooped-out shells of avocados. Trust me, that’s about as fancy as I get! The thing I love most about this salad is that you can make a huge batch and eat it for lunch throughout the week. It also stores and travels well without refrigeration so it’s perfect for a potluck or summer BBQ. And while you’re at it, blend up a few of these Strawberry Sriracha Margaritas to wash it all down.

Tex-Mex Quinoa Salad with Cumin Lime Vinaigrette

Tex-Mex Quinoa Salad with Cumin Lime Vinaigrette


3 cups cooked red quinoa (from 1 cup uncooked quinoa)
1 red bell pepper, diced
1 orange bell pepper, diced
½ large red onion, diced
1 jalapeno, minced
1 14-oz. can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 avocado, diced
¼ cup cilantro, chopped
4 limes, juiced (about ⅓ cup)
2 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp Cholula hot sauce (or your favorite hot sauce)
¼ cup olive oil
1 tsp salt
½ tsp ground black pepper


In a large bowl, combine the cooled quinoa, bell peppers, jalapeno, onion, black beans, avocado, and cilantro.

In a separate bowl, make the dressing. Stir together the lime juice, cumin, and hot sauce, then slowly drizzle in the olive oil as you whisk. Season with salt and pepper.

Add the dressing to the salad and toss to combine. Taste and add more lime juice or salt if desired.

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Thanks again to Meagan for having me! Happy noshin’ everybody and I hope you’ll come say hello over on NoshOnIt!  You can also find us on  Twitter and Facebook.


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35 comments on “{Guest Post} Tex-Mex Quinoa Salad with Cumin Lime Vinaigrette”

  1. I love the flavors in this so much, Perfect for summer!! Awesome guest post!!

  2. Love this! And such a fun presentation. Your photos are always terrific, Vijay!

  3. Pretty and delicious?! Heck yes!! Way to go Vijay!!

  4. Love your blog and love this recipe! Very fun idea!

  5. I love how wholesome and colorful this quinoa salad is! I’d love to try it sometime!

  6. Vijay is da’ bomb!! This recipe is fantastic. Love the flavor combo!

  7. Love these flavors, especially that cumin lime vinaigrette!

  8. OH my goodness Vijay, this is what I’m going to make for lunch tomorrow…. it looks amazing.

    • Haha, I hope you do! It’s been my lunch for the past few days. I’m not so good at the “cooking small portions” thing =). It actually holds up *really* well!

  9. Tex Mex runs through my veins too so this looks like the perfect summer dish for me!

  10. Such a beautiful salad! And that vinaigrette sounds amaaaaaaazing!!!!

    • Thank you Kate! I should have made more dressing and just kept it in the fridge. I bet it would be great on any salad or even drizzled over some grilled chicken or veggies.

  11. Yummy! I’m making this asap!

  12. I can never get enough quinoa! And I love the sound of this vinaigrette! Yumm!!!

  13. I am not a quinoa fan… but to be fair, I only tried it once. So I am on the hunt for a new recipe. I think I will try this one… looks yummy!

    • Thanks Tracy! The vinaigrette is pretty strong so it does a good job of coating the quinoa. Instead of using rice or another starch, I like how the quinoa is a healthier alternative to give this some bulk.

  14. This is truly a beautiful quinoa salad. It’s full of everything I love!

  15. Hey Vijay!! So fun to see you here. And I am LOVING the recipe you brought. I love tex mex anything. Combined with quinoa? You rock.

  16. I need to get on the quinoa train!

    • Hi Steph! I bought a few bags at Trader Joe’s a couple of weeks ago and am finding it to be really versatile! Pretty sure that everyone else knew that before me a long time ago…

  17. Lovely! I’ve been craving these flavours ever since Cinco de Mayo. A great celebration of quinoa’s versatility.

  18. This here was meant for me. It has all my favorites, wrapped in a avocado which is also a favorite. My mind is blown. Pinning – thank you!

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