National Food Bloggers Bake Sale and Mexican Quinoa Salad

The bake sale last weekend was a huge success! Our group in L.A. raised $2,456.50, and the total raised for Share Our Strength across the country was $16,500!!
My girls passed out fliers and yelled, “Bake Sale!” to the people passing by.
A few of the ladies: from left Jen, Rachael, Gabi, Jenny, Cathy, and me

It was a great time to work together for such a great cause. Thanks so much to Gaby for heading it up and making it such a huge success!

This week I’ve been working night-and-day finishing up the final edits of the manuscript. The designer sent a few drafts of the design with Helen’s photos laid in, and it’s absolutely gorgeous!  I can’t wait for you all to see (in September!).

I wish I had more time to write, but instead I’ll share a wonderful quinoa salad with you. This Mexican quinoa salad can be eaten as a side-dish, scooped and eaten with tortilla chips, or tossed with shredded chicken for a healthy meal.  Enjoy!

Mexican Quinoa Salad

Serving Size: Serves 8 as a side dish

Mexican Quinoa Salad


  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil

  • 1 1/2 cups quinoa

  • 1/2 cup cilantro, chopped

  • 2 tomatoes, chopped

  • 1 cup corn
, drained
  • 1 (15-ounce) can black beans
, drained and rinsed
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice

  • 1 teaspoon sea salt

  • 1/4 cup olive oil


Melt coconut oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add quinoa and saute 3-4 minutes until the quinoa just start to turn golden brown. Pour in 3 cups of water. Bring to a boil and then lower heat to simmer, cover, and cook for 20-25 minutes until quinoa is cooked. Cool to room temperature.

Pour quinoa in a large bowl and add cilantro, tomatoes, corn, black beans, lemon juice, sea salt, olive oil and stir to combine. Serve at room temperature.

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  1. Sharon Nagel

    I made this salad last night and love it! We shared some with the neighbors who also asked for the recipe. :-) May I make one suggestion? In the recipe, it calls for a can of black beans and corn … could you specify whether to drain these items? I assumed you needed to and did, but for the recipe illiterate, it might be helpful to specify. Thanks, as always, for giving me such great items to make. Whenever I don’t know what to make, I just come to this site (often). Also, I am making the Twix bars this morning …. just need to add the chocolate layer. Can’t wait!

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