Quinoa Salad Stuffed Avocados

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VVP

 Welcome to the Virtual Vegan Potluck 3.0! This will be the second time that The Singin’ Vegan has participated – last time, I made a stuffed artichoke side dish. Apparently, I like my food stuffed because I decided to go with a quinoa salad stuffed avocado appetizer this year!

If you don’t know what the Virtual Vegan Potluck is, you have just stumbled upon one of the most exciting recipe rings out there! More than 100 vegan bloggers have brought something to the potluck this year, and we are all linked (using forward and back buttons) in one giant, veggie-filled circle. You can head over to our host, Vegan Bloggers Unite!, to start at the beginning, or you can use the buttons at the end of this post to navigate through the rest of the recipes.

For those that have read my past posts, you know that avocado is an obsession of mine! I usually have an avocado a day; a lot of the time I take one as part of my lunch, but I also LOVE to make avocado toast for a nighttime snack. When I decided to contribute an appetizer to the potluck, I knew I had to include avocados in some way! What better way than to stuff them full of protein-packed quinoa and fresh veggies?

Veggies galore!

Veggies galore!

5.0 from 4 reviews
Quinoa Salad Stuffed Avocados
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Recipe type: Appetizer
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Serves: 4
 
A quick and easy appetizer that packs some protein while still tasting light and fresh!
Ingredients
  • 2 ripe avocados
  • ¾ cup of cooked quinoa
  • ½ jalapeno pepper, seeded and diced
  • ¼ cup of tomato, diced
  • ¼ cup of yellow cherry tomatoes, diced
  • ½ cup of cucumber, diced
  • 1 lime
  • Cilantro garnish
  • Pink salt, to taste
Instructions
  1. Cook quinoa according to directions on package (1:2 ratio of quinoa to water)
  2. While quinoa is cooking, dice all of your vegetables and place in a medium sized bowl
  3. Halve the avocados. Using your knife, score them into small pieces, leaving the skin intact. Add avocado to the bowl of vegetables.
  4. Squeeze 1 lime over the bowl of ingredients (it helps to keep the avocado from oxidizing)
  5. When the quinoa has finished cooking, add ¾ of a cup to the bowl and mix well
  6. Salt to taste
  7. Scoop ingredients in bowl back into the avocado skins, filling them generously.
  8. Garnish with cilantro and enjoy!

 

Talk about eating the rainbow! Check out all of the colors you are throwing in there:

Veggies Close up

And just in case (I know I’m a visual learner), here is a shot of what your scored avocados should look like…but don’t cut too deep! I’ve definitely done cut through the skin when I haven’t meant to, and it caused some serious pouting!

Scored avocados

Scored avocados

When I tested this recipe, it was warm when I ate it….I think it would work well as a cold appetizer, too. Because these should be acting as apps and not full entrees, one half of an avocado should be plenty for each person. The recipe isn’t spicy as is, so if you want to up the heat, add the other half of the jalapeno pepper. I served mine with a sprig of cilantro on top and some lime wedges on the side, but incorporating cilantro into the recipe itself would also work well!

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If you would like to see the recipe before mine in the potluck, click the “Go Back” picture below to see the delicious jackfruit and kimchi BLT sliders that Vedged Out contributed:

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If you would like to continue on through the appetizers, click the “Go Forward” picture below to check out the Simply Nori-shing Vegetable Rolls at Oh My Potluck!:

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 Thanks so much for joining all of us vegan bloggers for the Virtual Vegan Potluck 3.0! Happy reading!

About the Author

Julie

Julie is a 30-something music teacher and bunny mom that has followed a plant-based diet for almost 3 years. When she's not cooking in her new kitchen, she loves to snuggle her bunnies and perform whenever she has the chance.

55Comments

Sophie33 11 May 2013

What a lovely veggie & quinoa stuffed avocados recipe! It sure looks very appetizing to me! Yummm!

I am glad that I found your tasty blog here! :) I am also joining in the dessert section! :) MMMMMMMMMMMMM! Greetings from Belgium!

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    Julie 12 May 2013

    Thanks so much for stopping by! Can’t wait to check out your dessert! =)

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Becky 11 May 2013

All of my favourite ingredients! This looks so lovely and fresh :)

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    Julie 12 May 2013

    Thank you – that’s how I came up with it! Just tossed everything I love into a bowl and VOILA!

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    Julie 12 May 2013

    Thank you – anything I can do to avoid extra dishes! lol

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spinachrevolution 11 May 2013

Love your blog and as a fellow avo-lover, I love your dish too, delicious, fresh and easy to make. Thank you.

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    Julie 12 May 2013

    Thanks so much for stopping by! Avo-lovers unite! =)

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Mary @ Veganishy 11 May 2013

This looks like a perfect summer lunch, too! And they look so pretty, too!

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    Julie 12 May 2013

    Definitely – after taking pictures, I ate all 4 portions myself and I was quite full!

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Annie 11 May 2013

Perfect starter! Easy, pretty and delicious! Thank you for participating!

PS please check your email – you’ll need to update your “back” link.

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Celeste 11 May 2013

I love this! Little avocado bowl treats! Celeste:)

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Inge @ soupandsuch 11 May 2013

This looks so good! Avocado and quinoa are favorite ingredients in my kitchen!

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Somer 11 May 2013

I love that you used the avocados as dishes for the quinoa salad! Darling!

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Treesa 11 May 2013

First off, I just want to eat up all of those tomatoes off your prep plate. Second, the final dish looks so yummy. What a great addition the the potluck!

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    Julie 12 May 2013

    Isn’t it, though? Glad you agree! Thanks for stopping by!

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Janyce 11 May 2013

How colorful! I adore avocados! Great job and Happy VVP!

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    Julie 12 May 2013

    Thanks so much! Happy VVP to you, too! =)

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    Julie 12 May 2013

    Love the VVP – brings so many vegan bloggers together! Thanks for stopping by!

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Brandi 11 May 2013

These look so delicious! I eat quinoa and avocado almost daily. Love the idea!

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    Julie 12 May 2013

    I definitely need to eat it more often! Thanks for stopping by!

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Allison (Spontaneous Tomato) 11 May 2013

I love quinoa + avocado! (I’ve actually made quinoa so rarely so far that I’ve *only* made it with recipes that include avocado… something about the flavor/texture combination works so well!) I love the presentation, too. Reminds me of cute little appetizery-type avocado salads served at izakaya restaurants in Japan!

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    Julie 12 May 2013

    Yay for avocado and quinoa! Thanks for stopping by!

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Brittany 11 May 2013

I just can’t get enough of avocados! These look amazing!

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    Julie 12 May 2013

    Me either! Let me know if you give these a try!

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    Julie 12 May 2013

    Thanks so much for stopping by! =)

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Cheerfully Vegan 11 May 2013

These are adorable!!! And I love the combination of the ingredients. Yum.

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    Julie 12 May 2013

    I have been wanting to do one for a while, so I was super excited to post this one!!

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    Julie 12 May 2013

    Thanks for stopping by – anything I can do to wash less dishes is always a plus! lol

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Maggie Muggins 12 May 2013

I totally need these to even out the unhealthiness of my contribution ;) They look so fresh and delicious, beautiful!

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    Julie 12 May 2013

    Thanks so much – can’t wait to check out what you brought!

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Anne 12 May 2013

Beautiful filled avocado – super delicious :-)

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Pavithra (eat,live,burp) 12 May 2013

This looks delicious. I have had quinoa stuffed peppers, avocado is new to me. thank you for an awesome recipe

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    Julie 18 May 2013

    No problem – I LOVE stuffed peppers too! Great minds think alike! ;-)

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tiffany267 16 May 2013

Wow what a neat recipe! I like the presentation value of serving the salad in the avocado skin.

Would probably also be tasty with black beans added in!

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    Julie 18 May 2013

    Ooh, what a great idea – black beans WOULD be great in there! Thanks for the idea!

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Keely @ Gormandize 17 May 2013

I love this, it looks so fresh and delicious! I love hopping through so many blogs at the potluck!

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Vix 19 May 2013

These look so bright and fresh!
x Vix
vixbakes.com :: vegan baking + raw desserts

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