Chipotle Quinoa Salad

One of our super amazing Team Members at the clinic, Nancy, shared this amazing recipe with me for a grilled veggie salad.  It had a key ingredient that I had never used before: chipotle peppers.  Nancy said that the addition of these little gems would take the recipe to a whole new level.  And boy was she right!  Just a couple chopped peppers gave a really subtle kick of spice to the salad and a smokey chipotle flavour.  Delicious!  Thank you Nancy!! 🙂


These peppers can be a bit tricky to find.  Grocery stores like Food Basics and Zehrs stock this in their Mexican food section or ethic food section.

Here’s how I put it all together…


raw veg

I chopped up 2 small zucchini, 2 bell peppers and 1 red onion.

cooked veg

I sauteed these in a pan until golden.  Alternatively, the recipe suggested grilling the vegetables, too.

While the veggies cooked, I prepared the quinoa and dressing.

For the Quinoa… Boil 2 cups of water.  Add 1 cup of quinoa (rinsed and drained).  Then bring water to a simmer and cook with lid on for about 10-15 minutes, or until the grain is tender but not mushy.  Turn off the stove and let steam with lid on for 5 minutes.  Remove lid and fluff with a fork.


For the Dressing… Whisk together…

3 tbsp olive oil

2 tbsp red wine vinegar

2 chipotle peppers in adobo, chopped

2 tsp raw honey

1/2 tsp ground cumin

1/4 tsp salt & pepper


Once the veggies are cooked, quinoa is fluffed and dressing is whisked… combine everything in a big bowl and mix well.  Serve and enjoy!




This is my new favourite!  It’s even better the next day and makes a great side dish the day I make it and a great left over for lunch or dinner!



  1. Martine Morris · October 23, 2013

    OMG, this recipe rocks…….. I needed this so badly. Something new and interesting. My lips are tingling, with the spice of those chipotle peppers. Thanks so much for sharing this recipe! It’s a 10 for me.

    • Dr. Laura Imola, BSc, ND (Licensed) · October 24, 2013

      Hi Martine! You rock! I’m glad you tried it and enjoyed it. Cheers! 🙂

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