Quinoa Mexicana Salad


This isn't a recipe that I just came up with out of the blue. I've actually been making this for husband for ages. For many years he was a vegetarian and so I was always trying to come up with new and exciting recipes that would offer him protein and vegetables (unlike me, a total carnivore at heart). This dish is now a regular in our house. There's almost always a bowl of it in the fridge because it's so quick and easy to prepare, but it's also healthy.
Quinoa (pronounced KEEN-wah) is a fantastic grain for kids because it has more protein then other grains, contains more calcium then milk, plus it's easy to digest. Quinoa is also full of B vitamins, vitamin E and iron which 9% of toddlers, 700,000 in the U.S. alone have shown to have to be deficiency in.
I made this for my "kids dinner party" recently and all the little ones loved it. One of my friends kept saying her daughter "hates avocado". Being kind of sneaky (I know! I'm all against sneaking foods, but this was just an experiment, I swear!), I asked her daughter if she wanted a bite of the quinoa mexicana salad and she said yes. When I tell you she gobbled up this dish AND the avocado it proves that sometimes, even little ones can be open minded to new flavors. You just never know.


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Quinoa Mexicana Salad (makes 6-8 toddler servings)

Prep Time: 5 mins Cook Time: 15 mins

egg free

nut free

dairy free

gluten free


  • 1/2 Cup Quinoa, washed and drained
  • 1 Cup water
  • 1/2 cup fresh or frozen Corn, cooked
  • 1 avocado, chopped
  • 1/2 Cup cherry tomatoes
  • 1 Tbsp lime juice
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp cilantro, chopped
  • 1/4 Tsp cumin
  • kosher salt to taste


1. Bring the water and quinoa to a boil in a saucepan.
2. Reduce the heat to a simmer and cover for 15 minutes.
3. Place the quinoa in a bowl and cool.
4. Add the remaining ingredients and stir to combine.
5. Serve.
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Hi, I’m Catherine. Mama of three. A Kentucky girl living in California. Here’s what I know: all kids can be great eaters and mealtime must be easy. I create simple, healthy recipes the whole family will love.