Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Quinoa Taco Salad (Dairy, Gluten/Grain and MSG Free)

I am loving my home-made taco seasoning, as I don't need to worry about the MSG.  I am enjoying a few different ways to use the great combinations of the spices.  This is an alternative version of a typical taco salad, however it doesn't disappoint.  It is full of protein and fresh vegetables.

  • 1 cup quinoa (soaked for 2 minutes and rinsed to remove bitter saponin coating)
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon taco seasoning
  • 1/2 cup chopped cooked chicken (optional)
  • 1 diced tomato
  • 1 cup diced bell pepper
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh parsley or cilantro
  • 1 chopped avocado
  • 1/4 cup salsa -this is one of our favourites (optional)

  1. In a small pot add quinoa, water, taco seasoning and chicken if you using it.  Bring to a boil and then turn to a medium heat and cook another 10 minutes or until quinoa is tender.  Stir every few minutes.
  2. In medium size bowl combine tomatoes, pepper and parsley.
  3. Add cooked quinoa to vegetable bowl and stir to combine.
  4. Add avocado and salsa when serving.  This salad can be eaten warm or cold.


  1. You can eat this watching our sugar?

  2. I am not quite sure I understand your question. Are you limiting your sugar intake? I would assume this recipe would be safe. Perhaps you want to omit the tomatoes and salsa?