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Black Quinoa Salad with Plum and Avocado

Black Quinoa Salad with Plum and Avocado is as delicious as it is beautiful. Black quinoa recipes are very versatile and this one celebrates summer beautifully, and is a great dish for lunch and dinner or picnics and parties.

Course Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword pretty salads, summer picnic recipes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 242 kcal


For the dressing

For the salad

  • ½ cups dry black quinoa
  • 1 cup water
  • 4 medium-sized plums, washed and dried, cut into about 8 wedges each
  • 1 ripe but firm medium-sized avocado, sliced and then cut into bite-sized pieces
  • cup red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup packed mixed baby greens, washed and dried
  • freshly ground black pepper


For the dressing

  1. In a small bowl, combine the lemon zest, juice, honey, salt and mustard. Gradually add the oil, whisking all the while. Set aside.

For the salad

  1. Rinse the quinoa and add it to a pot with the water. Bring to a boil, cover, reduce the heat to low, and cook for 15 minutes. Fluff with a fork and let it cool to room temperature.

  2. Once the quinoa has cooled, combine it with the plums, avocado, onion and greens.

  3. Drizzle the dressing over the salad, toss to combine and crack pepper on top and serve.