Fiesta Quinoa Salad in a Jar

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Ingredients Minutes Calories
Prep Cook Servings
10 min 15 min 4
Fiesta Quinoa Salad in a Jar
Health Rating


1/2 cup Quinoa, uncooked (quinoa pilaf )
1/2 tbsp Olive oil (quinoa pilaf )
1/2 medium White onion (quinoa pilaf )
1 1/2 clove(s) Garlic (minced, quinoa pilaf )
1 cup Water (quinoa pilaf )
1/4 tsp Kosher salt (quinoa pilaf )
1/4 tsp Black pepper (quinoa pilaf )
4 tsp Olive oil (dressing)
4 tsp White wine vinegar (dressing)
1/2 tsp Kosher salt (dressing)
4 tsp Taco seasoning mix, McCormick (dressing)
2 tsp Chia seeds (optional, dressing)
1 cup Frozen yellow corn kernels (thawed)
1 cup Black beans, canned (rinsed and drained )
1 tsp Jalapeno pepper (diced )
24 tomato Cherry Tomatoes
4 cup Baby spinach


MAKE QUINOA PILAF: In a strainer, rinse the quinoa under running water for 60 seconds, until water runs clear; drain. In 2 quart pan on stove top, heat olive oil over medium-high heat; add onions and cook until soft. Add garlic and stir for 1 minute. Add water, quinoa, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, lower heat, cover and simmer for 15 minutes. Remove lid, remove from heat, and fluff with a fork. Set aside to cool completely.

COMBINE dressing ingredients in a bowl, stirring them with a fork. Distribute the dressing among 4 jars. Next add 1/2 cup cooked & cooled quinoa pilaf; use a fork to toss with dressing  until well combined. Level out quinoa for an even bottom layer.

LAYER the salad ingredients with corn on top of the quinoa, followed by beans, jalapeno peppers, cherry tomatoes and spinach.

PUT A LID on the jar and refrigerate. Salad should stay fresh for approx. 4-5 days, depending on the freshness and type of ingredients used. Jars that include greens may have a shorter shelf life.

Nutrition Facts

Per Portion

Calories 290
Calories from fat 81
Calories from saturated fat 11.0
Total Fat 9.0 g
Saturated Fat 1.2 g
Trans Fat 0.0 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2.2 g
Monounsaturated Fat 5.1 g
Cholesterol 0
Sodium 899 mg
Potassium 836 mg
Total Carbohydrate 42 g
Dietary Fiber 9.3 g
Sugars 4.9 g
Protein 10.6 g

Dietary servings

Per Portion

Grain 1.1
Meat Alternative 0.4
Vegetables 3.4

Energy sources

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