Mexican Quinoa Salad with Bone Broth
If you’re looking for a Mexican-style side dish that’s healthy, simple, and savory, you’ve come to the right place. With only eight basic ingredients and four easy steps, this Mexican quinoa salad is bookmark-worthy. It’s the perfect side dish for a weekday meal prep, a potluck, or a Mexican-inspired dinner—plus a healthier alternative to restaurant-style Mexican rice.
Mexican Quinoa Salad Health Benefits
Regularly including herbs and spices in your recipes not boosts the flavor, but many of these seasonings also have antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral properties. It’s no wonder herbs, roots, and spices were the equivalent of antibiotics thousands of years ago, long before modern medicine was introduced.
What better way to take advantage of the health benefits of herbs and spices than by cooking up some Mexican-inspired cuisine?
- Loaded With Antibacterial Herbs and Spices (to Support Gut Health and Immunity)
This Mexican quinoa salad is loaded with garlic, cumin, and cilantro, which lend the authentic flavors of Mexico. And with antibacterial properties, these herbs and spices are ideal ingredients to include in your diet to support immunity and a healthy digestive system.
- Protein-Rich (Contains All 9 Essential Amino Acids)
Quinoa is one of the rare plant foods to be a complete protein, which means it contains all nine essential amino acids. This makes it an excellent food for those who follow a vegan or vegetarian diet and rely on plant-based foods for protein. Rice is considered an incomplete protein because it only contains three or four of the essential amino acids.
- High in Fiber
Getting adequate fiber in our diets from plant foods is essential for healthy digestion, hormone balance, healthy cholesterol levels, and maintaining an optimal weight. Quinoa contains almost twice as much fiber as other grains, so keeping a healthy quinoa salad in your weekly meal rotation is a delicious and easy way to support your overall health.
- Contains Collagen to Support Bone, Joint, Skin, and Gut Health
We’ve ratcheted up the taste and nutrition in this Mexican quinoa salad recipe by using Kettle & Fire Tomato Soup and Kettle & Fire Chicken Bone Broth (which add flavor and eliminate the need for a dressing).
Bone broth contains the beneficial protein, collagen, which is an anti-inflammatory protein that supports skin, bone, joint, and gut health. It’s only found in animal bones and connective tissue. When boiled with veggies, herbs, and spices, the collagen is released from the bones into the pot to create a deeply nourishing bone broth.
What to Serve with This Mexican Quinoa Salad
Since this salad is a great replacement for Mexican-style rice, it can be served alongside tacos, quesadillas, or even a simple spicy marinated chicken or tofu dish.
If you want to make it more filling on its own, you could give it a Tex-Mex twist by adding black beans and shredded cheese. Or add refried beans for a taste of the southwest.
This recipe calls for a bird’s-eye chili, which is peppery and has more heat than a jalapeño. If you prefer milder spice or can’t find a bird’s-eye chili, you can use a jalapeño instead.
Mexican Quinoa Salad
This flavorful Mexican quinoa salad is perfect for a potluck, meal prep, or healthy Mexican-inspired dinner. Only eight ingredients and four easy steps required.
- 2 cups uncooked quinoa
- 3 cloves garlic minced
- 1 bird’s-eye chili chopped
- 1 carton Kettle & Fire Tomato Soup
- 1/2 carton Kettle & Fire Chicken Bone Broth
- 1 1/2 teaspoons sea salt
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1 small bunch of cilantro chopped
Rinse quinoa and soak for 15 minutes. Drain well.
In a large skillet over high heat, spread out quinoa. Toast until the quinoa is dry, stirring frequently, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and chili; continue toasting for 5 more minutes or until fragrant.
Transfer toasted quinoa to a medium saucepan. Stir in tomato soup, chicken bone broth, salt, and cumin. Bring to a boil, then switch heat to low to simmer for 15-20 minutes.
Once the quinoa is done, stir in chopped cilantro. Enjoy!
About the Author
Sharon Chen is the founder and creator behind StreetSmart Kitchen, a recipe website that helps busy professionals to prepare healthy meals in less time they ever thought possible. Download her Top 18 One-Dish Meals Cookbook for free here: http://bit.ly/SSK-Free-Cookbook