This vibrant spring mango quinoa salad is filled with colors and textures. It is an easy healthy dish that it is equally delicious served warm or chilled.
Yesterday, when I left from work the day, I had a VERY beautiful thought, “I can’t go home before the sun sets”. But the reality is that I had lots of things to do at home. So I went home, worked a little bit more, and then I prepared this mango quinoa salad for me and my hubby. I was so excited to see that beautiful blue sky again. For the first time this year, we have dinner this year on the patio!! Isn’t that wonderful?
I love to be able to eat outside, enjoying the gorgeous nature. We live in a condo, but we’re on the second floor. Because of this, we have a nice patio where I have a table with 4 chairs and a BBQ. It even gives me some space to have few pots to plant some veggies like tomatoes and bell peppers. I can share some pictures and talk more about it in another post.
So back to the dinner! I guess the neighbors had the same idea because they were eating outside as well. It is so funny, in winter, everybody seems to be hibernating like bears… hahhaha! I am saying that because yesterday was the first time I saw my neighbors next door since October! I know it is a shame, but it’s so cold here from December to March. We are always inside. For this reason, it is difficult to meet our neighbors.
When I woke up this morning at 6:30 am, the room was so bright because the sun was already shinning and it brought a huge smile on my face. Oh God, I totally love the sun!! Maybe you think I am silly for being so happy with the blue sky and the sunshine, but if you lived in Canada, you know what I mean. During 4 months of the year, you wake up and it is dark and by 4 pm, it is already dark again. Please, don’t think I am complaining about living in Canada because I’m not. I love this country form the bottom of my heart. I am just explaining why I love spring and summer so much! 😉
Now, let’s talk a little bit about this mango quinoa salad. As I said, I came home and was very busy. The first thing that crossed my mind was, “I don’t have time to cook, I will order a pizza”. But I am really committed to eating healthier during the entire week (on the weekends, I scrap the diet a little bit because I am human … hahhaha! Excuses!!) I thought, “I’ll make a quick easy quinoa salad and we will feel very satisfied.” It took me only 30 minutes from chopping all the ingredients and cooking the quinoa. Fast and easy! I also thought, “Wouldn’t it be great to add mango in here?” Like as I said before, I love fruit in my salads. It tastes delicious and you can have it with delicious lemon chicken legs or a maple-mustard salmon. Yummy!
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Mango Quinoa Salad Recipe
- Place the cooked quinoa in a large bowl and add bell pepper, black beans, mango, salt and ground black pepper.
- Pour the homemade vinaigrette dressing over the quinoa salad and stir to combine.
- Garnish with parsley before serving.
- This salad is good served at room temperature or chilled.
Nutrition InformationAmount per serving (1/4) — Calories: 255, Fat: 6g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 178mg, Potassium: 606mg, Carbohydrates: 42g, Fiber: 9g, Sugar: 8g, Protein: 10g, Vitamin A: 45%, Vitamin C: 190%, Calcium: 9%, Iron: 24%
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