This quinoa salad with avocado dressing, pinto beans, red bell pepper, and more is a hearty and filling salad that stores great in the fridge – it’s perfect for lunches!

This quinoa salad with avocado dressing, pinto beans, red bell pepper, and more is a hearty and filling salad that stores great in the fridge - it's perfect for lunches! Get the healthy and easy recipe on RachelCooks.com!

I’ve been doing more and more meal prep lately. In the never-ending quest to lose weight and keep it off, I’ve found that meal prep is one of the most valuable things I can do. It helps with feeding the kids, too! In my fridge, unless I need to go to the store, you’ll almost always find:

  • washed leaf lettuce
  • peeled and cut carrots
  • boiled eggs
  • cooked chicken breasts
  • washed herbs
  • salad dressing – I’m on a honey mustard vinaigrette kick
  • cut up fruit

Of course, it varies week to week. If I’m really ahead of the game, I’ll have a salad prepped like this quinoa salad with avocado dressing. I shared the avocado lime dressing with you yesterday, and as promised, this is a recipe that uses that dressing.

In my freezer, I like to keep some grains cooked and frozen to make salad or soup prep SUPER simple. It’s unbelievably easy to cook and freeze quinoa – if I’m cooking quinoa for a recipe, I almost always cook the entire bag and freeze what I don’t need. It’s a great way to save time in the kitchen.

This quinoa salad with avocado dressing, pinto beans, red bell pepper, and more is a hearty and filling salad that stores great in the fridge - it's perfect for lunches! Get the healthy and easy recipe on RachelCooks.com!

About This Quinoa Salad with Avocado Dressing Recipe:

Simple and flavorful, this quinoa salad with avocado dressing keeps great in the fridge and will keep you full for hours. Quinoa brings its own punch of protein, as do the pinto beans. I like this salad as is, but it is also great served on top of some fresh greens for extra crunch. If you like cilantro, that would be great sprinkled on top of this salad. If you like spice, add some chopped jalapeño peppers.

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Quinoa Salad with Avocado Dressing and Pinto Beans

This quinoa salad with avocado dressing, pinto beans, red bell pepper, and more is a hearty and filling salad that stores great in the fridge – it’s perfect for lunches!

Ingredients:

  • 1 can (16 ounce) pinto beans, rinsed and drained
  • 3 cups cooked and cooled quinoa
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced small
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 large tomato, seeded and diced
  • 1/2 cup avocado lime dressing, more to taste

Directions:

  1. In a large bowl, mix everything together. Serve immediately or store covered in the refrigerator for 3-4 days.

serving size: approximately 1 cup

All images and text ©Rachel Cooks.

Verdict: I’m a HUGE fan of salads that don’t wilt in the fridge. They’re my lifeline when it comes lunchtime and this quinoa salad with avocado dressing is no exception. Bonus points given for the fact that it’s unbelievably filling.
Husband’s take: He loved the dressing and loves the salad.
Changes I would make: None are necessary, but feel free to add your favorite vegetables. Add some jalapeño for spice.
Difficulty: Easy!

Quinoa Salad with Avocado Dressing - Nutrition Label

Actual nutrition may vary depending on how recipe is prepared.

This quinoa salad with avocado dressing, pinto beans, red bell pepper, and more is a hearty and filling salad that stores great in the fridge - it's perfect for lunches! Get the healthy and easy recipe on RachelCooks.com!