Summer Recipes: Quinoa Taco Salad

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Quinoa recipes are among my favorite summer recipes – whether it’s in tacos, casseroles, breakfast porridges, or hot/cold summer salads. Thank you to Success® Tri-Color 100% Quinoa for collaborating on this post, and providing inspiration.

#Summer #recipes are my favorite! This quinoa taco salad makes for a great quick and easy packed lunch or dinner. It's a great party recipe! AD @SuccessRice

I have to tell you – I remember exactly where I was the first time I had quinoa.

Well, maybe I don’t remember EXACTLY where it was, because the name of the park escapes me, but I remember the feeling, the sensation, the intrigue. I was in San Francisco, and I had moved there not long before this summer barbecue. Everyone brought a dish, but I can’t remember what we brought! My friend, Tina, brought a quinoa salad. I remember that she was trying to tell me how to pronounce AND spell it – and then she gave up and told me to eat it. So, of course, I did.

Then, that experience was colored by the fact that our elderly husky, Stormy, was scratched in the eye by another dog. And we then had to leave the potluck summer barbecue to find a weekend-hours vet, but the point is, I remember the quinoa! And while I may have been intimidated then, by what it was and how to best prepare it, I’m so glad I know now that it’s easy to get great results! For a recent summer weekend barbecue, I wanted to emulate that first time I had quinoa.

I had to put my own twist on the quinoa salad theme, though. I talk about tacos and Mexican food here quite a bit, in case you haven’t noticed. I thought about how delicious it would be to make a quinoa taco salad. Intriguing, no?

Freshly cooked Success® Tri-Color 100% Quinoa, crisp produce, Mexican seasonings. Yes!

Aside from my friend, Tina, and her quinoa salad in San Francisco, I need to tell you a quick taco salad story! Our school cafeteria served taco salad. I can’t remember if it was once a month, twice a month, or once a week, but people would get obsessed with it. In my shared homeroom classroom sophomore year, a student would write a little countdown on the side chalkboard: “10 days to HTSD (Hot Taco Salad Day)”, etc. Then he or she would cross out the 10, and switch it to 9, and so on. The best part was that ON HTSD, they’d write, “Happy Hot Taco Salad Day!” I so applaud that festive foodie spirit.

And that’s why I’m bringing you this recipe today – inspired by many walks of life – but ultimately all mine.

Quinoa Taco Salad

Quinoa Taco Salad


  1. 2 bags Success® Quinoa
  2. 1/4 cup lime juice
  3. 1 tsp chili powder
  4. 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  5. 1/2 tsp cumin
  6. 1/2 tsp paprika
  7. 1/2 tsp salt
  8. 1 avocado
  9. 1 large tomato, diced
  10. 2 cups black beans
  11. 2 cups canned corn
  12. 1 cup red pepper, chopped
  13. 4 small corn tortilla (optional)
  14. Sour cream/lime juice glaze on top (optional)


  • 1. Prepare the Success® Tri-Color 100% Quinoa according to instructions on box.
  • 2. In a small box, mix lime juice with chili powder, cayenne powder, cumin, paprika and salt, and set aside.
  • 3. In a larger bowl, combine the quinoa, avocado, tomatoes, black beans, corn, and peppers.
  • 4. Stir in the spice/lime juice mix and toss it evenly throughout the quinoa.
  • 5. You may need a pinch more salt/lime juice.
  • 6. Top with more avocado.
  • 7. Top with crushed tortilla chips.
  • 8. Top with either hot sauce or a sour cream based dressing.
  • 9. Enjoy!
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And now, we discuss the most important ingredient – Success® Tri-Color 100% Quinoa. It’s so easy to make and versatile in all types of recipes, all year round. I love the ease of the boil-in-bag cooking process, because I can make a quality recipe quickly and easily! Tada! And I love taking a recipe I already love (taco salad type foods) and giving them the much needed protein punch of quinoa. Why? It’s because Success is in the bag.®

I love that Success now offers a 100% Tri Color Quinoa. It’s a blend of White, Red and Black Quinoa and it’s packaged in a convenient boil in bag – similar to other rice products made by Success. I also love that this wholesome product is gluten free, 100% whole grain, a good source of fiber, and a complete protein. And hello! It contains all NINE essential amino acids. Success! It doesn’t hurt that it’s light and fluffy with a nutty flavor. Oh, and did I mention that it cooks in only 10 minutes, and is packaged in pre-portioned, BPA free boil-in-bags? No measuring and no mess! This is my favorite shortcut ever. It’s nutrition packed and cooks perfectly every time.

Want to try your hand at it? Of course you do! For recipe inspiration, visit here.

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Success® Tri-Color 100% Quinoa. I received both product and compensation, and all thoughts, opinions, and stories are 100% my own.


About Tamara

Tamara is a professional photographer, a mama of two, a Lifestyle Blogger/Social Media Influencer/Brand Ambassador, and a nearly professional cookie taster. She has been known to be all four of those things at all hours of the day and night. She is a very proud contributor to the book, The Mother Of All Meltdowns, the Stigma Fighters Anthology (volume 1), and The HerStories Project: So Glad They Told Me. She is also a proud Community Lead and a regular contributor to the SoFab Food blog, and the Target Made Me Do It blog. After two cross country moves, due to her intense Bi-Coastal Disorder, she lives with her husband, daughter, son, dog, cat, and 11 chickens in glorious western Massachusetts.


Summer Recipes: Quinoa Taco Salad — 10 Comments

  1. This is perfect for Taco Tuesdays and definitely going to have to give this colorful and delicious Taco Salad a try here for that now. Thanks my friend for sharing your awesome recipe and your taco story, as well 🙂

  2. Looks yum! I’ve never tried Quinoa evah! Would love to try it some time. It’s just that it’s so expensive out here and not available in most supermarkets. 😀

  3. keeeeen-wah.

    It’s so yummy isn’t it? I’m loving this recipe. I have all the ingredients handy! Except avos… but I always buy them so I’ll just have to make another trek. This looks fantastic and we are BIG quinoa fans here. Thanks for sharing!!

  4. Aww…poor Stormy! Come to think of it, I cannot remember the first time that I had quinoa. I’m sure it was at a restaurant though. It is a definite staple in my fridge and sometimes we just add some broccoli and a fried egg to it.
    This recipe sounds so good!!

  5. Oh I love this! I enjoy quinoa, but never really know what to do with it. We always have taco night, but I don’t care for taco meat. Genius!

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