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This Southwest Quinoa Salad is perfect for meal prep or a party. Packed with plant protein, plenty of veggies and a creamy sauce.

This Southwest Quinoa Salad is perfect for meal prep or a party. Packed with plant protein, plenty of veggies and a creamy sauce | ThisSavoryVegan.com

This Southwest Quinoa Salad is simple and delicious. It is filled with simple ingredients – chilled quinoa, crispy soy chorizo, black beans, veggies and a creamy southwest dressing. This recipe is perfect for a BBQ, picnic or meal prep! Delicious flavors, simple ingredients and easy to make!

Step One: Prep the Quinoa & Soyrizo

Ideally, you will use leftover quinoa for this recipe. It will keep the prep time short and the quinoa will already be chilled.

This Southwest Quinoa Salad is perfect for meal prep or a party. Packed with plant protein, plenty of veggies and a creamy sauce | ThisSavoryVegan.com

But, if you need to cook the quinoa from scratch, here is how I like to do it:

  • Rinse the dry quinoa under water until the water turns clear – just like with rice.
  • Add the rinsed quinoa to a sauce pan with 2 cups of liquid – I prefer broth for more flavor, but water works too.
  • Bring to a boil, cover, lower the heat and simmer for 20-ish minutes. The liquid should be absorbed and the quinoa should be cooked through.

For the soyrizo, I like to add it to a non-stick skillet and let it brown for 5-10 minutes. I cooked mine without any oil and it browned nicely. Set it aside to cool.

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Step Two: Make the Dressing

The dressing is similar to the dressing I use in my Southwest Pasta Salad, but I lightened it up slightly.

Here is what you need:

  • vegan mayo
  • non-dairy yogurt – unsweetened
  • ketchup
  • green chiles
  • low sodium soy sauce
  • yellow mustard
  • apple cider vinegar
  • cumin
  • smoked paprika
  • pepper

Add everything to a bowl and mix to combine. Give it a taste and adjust the seasonings as needed.

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Step Three: Assemble & Serve

To assemble, add the chilled quinoa, soyrizo, red onion, bell pepper, black beans, tomatoes, corn, jalapeño and cilantro to a large bowl. Drizzle over 3/4 of the dressing and toss everything to coat.

This Southwest Quinoa Salad is perfect for meal prep or a party. Packed with plant protein, plenty of veggies and a creamy sauce | ThisSavoryVegan.com

Finish off the salad with some avocado chunks and the rest of the dressing. If you are making this ahead of time, I would hold off on adding the avocado until right before serving.

And now, you can dig in! This salad is healthy, delicious and filling. Great for vegan meal-prepped lunches!

This Southwest Quinoa Salad is perfect for meal prep or a party. Packed with plant protein, plenty of veggies and a creamy sauce | ThisSavoryVegan.com
This Southwest Quinoa Salad is perfect for meal prep or a party. Packed with plant protein, plenty of veggies and a creamy sauce | ThisSavoryVegan.com

Southwest Quinoa Salad

Servings: 6
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
This Southwest Quinoa Salad is perfect for meal prep or a party. Packed with plant protein, plenty of veggies and a creamy sauce.
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Ingredients

FOR THE SALAD

FOR THE DRESSING

Instructions
 

  • Add the soyrizo to a non-stick skillet and cook for 5-10 minutes, or until browned. Be sure to stir frequently. Set aside to cool.
  • Add all of the dressing ingredients to bowl and mix to combine. Taste and adjust the seasonings as needed.
  • To assemble, add all of the salad ingredients (except the avocado) to a large bowl. Drizzle over 3/4 of the dressing and toss to coat. Finish with the avocado and serve the remaining dressing on the side.

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Notes

  • If possible, it is best to use leftover quinoa that is already chilled.
  • If cooking the quinoa from scratch, combine 1 cup (rinsed) dry white quinoa with 2 cups broth (or water) in a sauce pan. Bring to a boil, cover and lower heat for 20 minutes, or until the liquid is absorbed. Set aside to cool. This will increase the cook time.
  • I used “sprinkles” tomatoes, which are basically teeny tiny tomatoes. But you could use cherry or grape tomatoes that have been quartered. If you can find the sprinkles, I totally recommend!
  • If making ahead of time, wait to add the avocado until right before serving.
Calories: 385kcal, Carbohydrates: 45g, Protein: 14g, Fat: 19g
Cuisine: Mexican
Course: Main Course, Side Dish
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This Southwest Quinoa Salad is perfect for meal prep or a party. Packed with plant protein, plenty of veggies and a creamy sauce | ThisSavoryVegan.com