Summer is on its way out, you guys. There’s no denying it. I’ve unpacked my sweaters; there are new boots in the mail (yippee). I’ve replaced my loyalty to iced coffee with hot, cozy, caramel-y lattes. And the prospect of ALL pumpkin desserts ALL the time is beginning to win me over.
That being said… when I found sunshine bright ears of corn and plump, juicy tomatoes at the Farmers market yesterday, I went bananas. Label me a Summer lovin’ fool… I know it’s the truth.
Bring on the End of Summer salad! This vibrant dish is packed with flavorful quinoa, sweet corn, juicy tomatoes, and creamy avocado. The background players include spicy jalapeño, cilantro, scallions, and some red bell pepper for crunch.
If you’ve never had a quinoa salad before, you’re in for a treat! This simple beauty is a breeze to throw together, loaded with fresh//fresh flava, and leaves you with dreamy leftovers for tomorrows lunch 😉 One last hurrah for Summer salads! DO IT xoxo!
- For the Quinoa:
- 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
- 1 small red onion, diced
- 1 cup pre-washed quinoa
- Pinch of salt
- 2 cups vegetable broth
- For the Salad:
- 4 ears corn
- 1 cup cherry tomatoes, cut in half
- 1/4 cup thinly sliced red onion
- 1 small red bell pepper, thinly sliced
- 3 scallions, white and green parts thinly sliced
- 1 small jalapeno pepper, seeded and finely chopped
- 1/2 cup fresh cilantro, roughly chopped
- 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice, about 2 small limes or one really juicy big one
- 1 ripe avocado, pitted and cut into bite-sized chunks
- For the quinoa:
- Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a medium sauce pan over medium heat. Add the diced onions and cook, stirring frequently, until soft and translucent, about 6 minutes. Add the dry quinoa to onions and continue cooking, stirring *constantly, for 3 minutes. Add vegetable broth and salt. Turn the heat up to high and bring to a boil. Cover pan tightly with lid, turn heat down to low and simmer for about 15 minutes, or until all of the liquid has been absorbed and the quinoa is cooked. Spoon the cooked quinoa to a heat safe mixing bowl and place in the refrigerator to cool.
- For the corn:
- Bring a large pot of water to a rolling boil. Add corn and cook corn for 4-5 minutes. Rinse with cold water until cool. Once cooled, cut corn kernels off cobs and place the kernels in a small bowl. Set aside.
- When quinoa has cooled to at least room temperature, add the remaining tablespoon of olive oil, tomatoes, onions, corn, red bell pepper, scallions, jalapeno, cilantro, remaining and 2 tablespoons of lime juice. Taste and adjust seasoning if necessary.
- Place avocado chunks in a small bowl, squeeze remaining lime juice over it, add a pinch of salt, and carefully (avocado is very delicate and mashes easily) stir to coat. Scatter avocado chunks over top of the salad right before serving.