Vegetarian Black Quinoa Taco Salad


I went to the store the other day to pick up some quinoa.

I got there and they didn’t have any.

All I could find was this organic black quinoa.

So I got some and this is what I made with it: a vegetarian quinoa taco salad.

This is my kind of meal: healthy, flavorful, fast and easy. And I didn’t have to fumble with any meat because quinoa has protein! {If you’ve never tried it, you should give it a chance. It’s seriously a yummy and nutritious grain.}


So the only cooking you really need to do is boiling the quinoa! I cooked mine in low sodium chicken broth and some taco seasonings for a boost of flavor. Then while it’s simmering away, chop up some veggies and voila! Dinner is served! These are the kinds of meals I like to have in my back pocket on those days where you don’t feel like cooking. No muss no fuss!

Perfect for your lazy weekends! Hope you all have a great one! :)

Vegetarian Black Quinoa Taco Salad
yield: 4 servings
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for the quinoa-
1 cup black quinoa
2 cups low sodium chicken broth
1 tablespoon taco seasoning

for the salad-
any fixing you like:
sour cream
tortilla chips

Rinse quinoa under cold water and drain. Pour the quinoa into a large pot, and stir in chicken stock and taco seasoning. Cover with lid and bring to boil, and then reduce to simmer. Cook on low about 20 minutes or until all liquid has been absorbed.

When ready to serve, scoop black quinoa into bowls and top with any desired toppings.

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17 Responses to “Vegetarian Black Quinoa Taco Salad”

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    Maria — July 15, 2011 at 1:50 pm

    My kind of meal. Love it!


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    Courtney @ The Granola Chronicles — July 15, 2011 at 4:33 pm

    Lauren, this looks great. Refreshing and simple – perfect for summer! :)


    • Lauren — July 16th, 2011 @ 2:43 am

      And it’s great because you only need to turn the stove on for 20 minutes! It won’t heat your house!


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    Katrina — July 15, 2011 at 5:08 pm

    This is a brilliant idea. All the flavours sound so yummy!


    • Lauren — July 16th, 2011 @ 2:42 am

      Thanks, Katrina!


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    Rachel @ The Avid Appetite — July 15, 2011 at 5:09 pm

    This is a great idea! I am always trying to find new {and easy} quinoa recipes!!


    • Lauren — July 16th, 2011 @ 2:42 am

      I almost didn’t post this recipe because it’s not much of a recipe at all because it’s so simple!


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    Kristin W. — July 15, 2011 at 6:11 pm

    Yum, I love quinoa! Are there any major differences between normal and black quinoa?


    • Lauren — July 16th, 2011 @ 2:41 am

      Just the color I think! The taste to me was pretty much the same.


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    Ali Warren — July 15, 2011 at 8:40 pm

    I am celiac and always looking for new quinoa recipes…I’d rather eat it over rice any day. Can’t wait to try this one :)! Thank you for sharing!


    • Lauren — July 16th, 2011 @ 2:41 am

      Glad I could give you a new recipe to try! My little brother has Celiac disease and finding meals that are delicious and gluten free is not exactly easy. Glad I could help!


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    Kathleen — July 16, 2011 at 4:05 pm

    I’ve never seen black quinoa. This looks like the perfect summer dinner!


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    bianca — July 16, 2011 at 5:24 pm

    I love love love quinoa; not only is it delicious but it’s so healthy- a complete win win!


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    Samantha — July 31, 2011 at 7:26 pm

    Love the recipe, but you really should not call this “vegetarian” because you use chicken broth. Chicken broth is still meat. Maybe add a little note saying you can use vegetable broth instead of chicken if you are a vegetarian. :)


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    Jill — December 3, 2011 at 11:10 am

    I was just going to say the same thing Samantha did in the comment above. Calling the recipe “vegetarian” is a misleading, though I’m sure not on purpose. And the other thing I wanted to say is that it sounds delicious!


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    Alice — August 9, 2012 at 1:01 pm

    This looks and sounds fabulous!! Unfortunately, the way you have written the recipe it is not vegetarian. Change the chicken broth to vegetable broth and it is vegetarian. Use soy cheese and no sour cream (no animal products) and it’s even vegan. Cook the quinoa ahead of time and you can have dinner without turning on the stove.

    Thanks for sharing this with us.


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    Jessica @ Stuck On Sweet — March 6, 2015 at 6:00 pm

    Love how simple and colorful this healthy dish is! It’s perfect for lunch!


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