Abigail Joy Dougherty: Registered Dietitian, Nutrition Expert & Lover of Life
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Quinoa, Black Bean and Corn Superfood Salad

Happy HAPPY Sunday!!IMG_4572

Wow, I don’t know about you but the weather in Tampa is the dreariest! I think I’ve mentioned before but I am quite a sun snob now that I have it all the time… When it gets taken away, I get a little lazy sad:(  I know, boo hoo, it’s snowing in like half the country and I’m complaining about clouds!IMG_4579

Despite the clouds it has been quite the productive day!  I usually reserve Saturday for ridiculous relaxing and Sunday is reserved for getting all the stuff done I’ve been thinking about since Monday.  So today has been full of Continuing Education Credits (CEU’s)– For licensure, every 2 years RD’s have to complete 30 hours of CEU’s — It was actually enjoyable! P had to complete the same ones so we did them together! Computers side by side!! 🙂  Definitely made it WAY more fun!!  AND I got to sit and enjoy my new tea, San Clemente Mug (from my lovely sister) and Candle from a dear friend!IMG_4576

 Quite lovely actually!

So, to brighten up this otherwise DREARY Tampa day, I thought I would make this fun, delicious and super flavorful salad! Not only is this loaded with vitamins and minerals from all the fruit and vegetables but even without adding shrimp or chicken you still get great protein from the quinoa and good fats from the avocado and olive oil!  I love to add even more color and nutrients by serving it on top of greens – You’ll seriously love this!!

Sidenote: I usually don’t even make the dressing – I feel like the salad is so flavorful on it’s own but you be the judge 🙂 quinoa

Added bonus, it is absolutely beautiful! I am so fortunate too – I have BEAUTIFUL pictures of this salad from the photo shoot for my website! My sister-in-law is an awesome photographer and took all the shots! LOVE HER!!yumm!

Photography is not my strong suit – it is something I would like to work on but for now – iPhone 4s = Good enough 🙂

Enjoy!!! XO

Quinoa, Black Bean and Corn Superfood Salad

Adapted from Iowa Girl Eats – She is amazing BTW’s 🙂

Serves 4-5

1/2 cup dry quinoa
1/3 cup red onion, choppedadd shrimp
1 orange, peeled and segments chopped
1 avocado, chopped
1 cup canned black beans, rinsed and drained
1 cup fresh or frozen (thawed) corn
1/3 cup cilantro, chopped – optional
salt & pepper

Optional: Shrimp or Chicken

For the Lemon Vinaigrette – Optional:
2 lemons, juiced (need 1/4 cup juice)
2 garlic cloves, microplaned or finely minced
dash of sweetener (agave nectar, stevia or white sugar)
salt & pepper
2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil


  1. Cook quinoa according to package directions. Set aside to cool.
  2. For the Lemon Vinaigrette: combine all ingredients in a jar with a tight fitting lid, and shake to combine. Or, add lemon juice, garlic, sweetener, salt and pepper into a small bowl and whisk in oil.
  3. Combine cooled quinoa with red onion, orange segments, avocado, beans, corn, cilantro, salt and pepper. Pour Lemon Vinaigrette over the salad and stir to combine. Serve cold or at room temperature

3 Comments to “Quinoa, Black Bean and Corn Superfood Salad”

  1. This looks amazing. The oranges are an ingredient I wouldn’t have thought of!

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