National Food Bloggers Bake Sale and Mexican Quinoa Salad

by Deliciously Organic on April 21, 2010

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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bakeyourheartout April 21, 2010 at 5:56 am

So glad your bake sale was such a success! I participated in San Francisco's bake sale and had such a great time meeting other local bloggers. It was a great way to meet new people and raise money for a great cause.


Maria April 21, 2010 at 1:51 pm

Glad your bake sale was a success! We had a great time at ours too! Love this salad, great photos too!


Corrine April 21, 2010 at 3:01 pm

Carrie, this looks delicious! I would like to mention this recipe and post a link for it on my site if that is ok with you. I am doing a series on whole grain recipes and this one looks awesome!


Mari's Cakes April 21, 2010 at 3:20 pm

Glad everything went well! I Love the Quinoa salad.What is that in jars with the spoons…cake mix or the cake itself?Have an awesome day!


Zia Elle April 21, 2010 at 5:05 pm

Nice your salad!!


marla {family fresh cooking} April 22, 2010 at 3:58 am

Beautiful photos from the bake sale. It was great to see you as always and your girls are adorable. Your quinoa looks so tasty! xo


Deliciously Organic April 23, 2010 at 2:17 am

Corrine: That would be great. Thanks for asking! By the way, I love the whole grain recipes you've been posting! :)


Sharon Nagel October 22, 2013 at 6:12 am

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!


Deliciously Organic October 22, 2013 at 7:08 am

Thanks for the tip! I’ll make the edit. And thank you for the compliment. The fact that you can trust my recipes means the world to me! :)


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