Aztec Platter Vegan Recipe

This pretty composed salad features quinoa, a grain that was a staple food of the ancient Aztecs of South America. Quinoa has a nutritional profile superior among grains, with high-quality protein and an abundance of vitamins and minerals. With a distinctive yet mild flavor and aroma, quinoa cooks to a light fluffy texture in only 15 minutes, making it a great quick grain. It is now widely available in natural food stores and some supermarkets.

This salad is a tasty and nourishing meal all by itself.

Quinoa-Corn Salad
1 cup quinoa, well rinsed
1 cup thawed frozen corn kernels
Juice of 1 lemon
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 or 3 scallions, minced
Salt and freshly-ground black pepper, to taste

Bean Salad
1-pound can pinto, pink, or kidney beans, drained and rinsed
1 heaping cup diced canned tomatoes
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar or balsamic vinegar
cup chopped fresh parsley
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Pumpkin seeds
Black olives
1 medium red bell pepper, cut into strips

1. Bring 2 cups of water to a boil in a heavy saucepan. Add quinoa and simmer gently, covered, for 15 minutes. When the quinoa is done, remove it from the heat, fluff it with a fork, and transfer it to a mixing bowl. Combine the quinoa with the remaining ingredients for the quinoa-corn salad and toss well.

2. While the quinoa is cooking, combine all the ingredients for the bean salad in another bowl and toss together.

3. To assemble the Aztec Platter, transfer the quinoa-corn salad onto a large platter and spread evenly to within an inch or so of the edge. Pushing the salad outward from the center, make a well in the center of the platter about 5 inches in diameter. Mound the bean salad into the well, and sprinkle with a handful of pumpkin seeds.

4. Arrange olives and pepper strips around the edge of the platter.

Serves 6.

Adapted from Vegetarian Express by Nava Atlas and Lillian Kayte (Little, Brown, 1995. Copyright (c) 1995 by Nava Atlas and Lillian Kayte. Reprinted by permission of the authors.
Adapted from Vegetarian Express by Nava Atlas and Lillian Kayte (Little, Brown, 1995.

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Dale Overall

Lovely recipe, while I am not vegan or even vegetarian going to the recipe sites always results in finding good recipes to add to my other ones. Love red quinoa and will substitute fresh garden tomatoes at this summery time of year.

Have some hefty vegetarian cook books but every now and then commit culinary heresy when making up on the fly recipes such as using mashed chayote squash mixing it with mashed eddoes, then adding steamed bok choy (not supposed to eat bok choy raw--one woman ate 2-3 pounds of it per day to control diabetes and almost died: ) while then adding caramelized onions and then fresh spices and herbs, mixing it with a filler such as previously buckwheat groats or oat flower and then breading it with whole grain bread crumbs and baking it getting a lovely crispy 'burger' crust.

Mitoo Q thanks, sometimes things get past the editors!

Christine Stewart

Yum, thanks.

Duane B.
.3 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

Donna Hamilton
Donna Hamilton3 years ago


paul m.
paul m.3 years ago

Thanks for

Melinda K.
Past Member 3 years ago

Interesting recipe, thanks for posting.

Winn Adams
Winn Adams3 years ago

Thanks for the info.

Donna Hamilton
Donna Hamilton3 years ago

Thanks for the recipe.

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