Thank you to Minute® Ready to Serve for being a proud sponsor of this post. Guacamole Salad with Minute® Ready to Serve Brown Rice & Quinoa makes for the perfect wholesome, hearty and easy weekday lunch. No cooking required, just chop and mix your favorite guacamole ingredients.
What do you eat for lunch when you’re at work? Do you go out to eat? Do you pack your own lunch that morning?
When I used to work in an office, I always brought my own lunch. It was always the same thing too, a veggie salad. I wanted something easy, that I could throw together in the morning and not have to worry about.
That veggie salad filled me up for about 1 hour after eating. I would try to hold off on eating my lunch for the longest time, which for me was always a struggle since I love food and was ready to bite into my salad at 10am, but then I’d be hungry an hour later.
A veggie salad was just not hearty enough to get me through an entire work day. It’s really a shame I didn’t have access to Minute Ready to Serve Brown Rice & Quinoa during those office days of mine.
Minute Ready to Serve Brown Rice & Quinoa makes for a great portable on the go breakfast, lunch, snack, etc. It is fully cooked and just needs to be reheated for 60 seconds, and is conveniently packaged in two individual single serve cups. Made with crunchy quinoa and chewy brown rice, the Minute Ready to Serve Brown Rice & Quinoa is gluten-free, a good source of fiber as well as complex carbohydrates, and packed with 55 grams of whole grains.
Basically it’s exactly what my work salads were missing to make a full hearty lunch. With the Minute Ready to Serve Brown Rice & Quinoa I could have microwaved that for 60 seconds at work and mixed it in directly with my veggie salad.
Now, I might not work in an office anymore, but I still have plenty of use for quick lunches and snacks so this Minute Ready to Serve Brown Rice & Quinoa is going to be getting a lot of attention.
Currently I’m loving this deconstructed guacamole salad with the Minute Ready to Serve Brown Rice & Quinoa. Since I love all things avocado, I need to have avocado incorporated into my meals at least once a day, and the easiest way to do this is with a salad.
With guacamole having an excellent combination of ingredients I decided to turn this classic Mexican dip into a deconstructed lunch salad.
How to make my guacamole salad:
Start with prepping all the ingredients.
Chop the cilantro, sun dried tomatoes, avocado, red onions, and cherry tomatoes. No need to chop these too finely, a rough chop will be fine.
Mix the veggies all together in a large bowl.
Then, to turn this salad into a whole meal the Ready to Serve Brown Rice & Quinoa is added right in. Mix everything up and dig in. My boyfriend and I each gobbled up full bowls of the guacamole salad and were full for the day.
Why this guacamole salad is the best:
- Great crunchy texture from the red quinoa and brown rice that mixes perfectly with the veggies
- Ready in 10 minutes
- Easy meal prep recipe
- Super convenient recipe
- Perfect for work lunches
- Plant based protein packed veggie heavy nutritious filling meal
- Can be eaten hot or cold
The crunchy red quinoa and chewy brown rice have that perfect sturdy hearty texture. White rice can be too mushy when not prepared perfectly and doesn’t combine as well with veggies in a salad. Brown rice & quinoa on the other hand are a whole different story.
The convenience of Minute Ready to Serve Brown Rice & Quinoa also allows you to be able to enjoy the perfect blend of the two ingredients without having to get two pots out and set them both up on the stove. Sixty seconds is all the waiting that is required.
Sometimes, you just can’t beat convenience. Everyone is busy, and has a million things going on at all times, but that’s no excuse not to eat well and have hearty wholesome meals.
- Prep the veggies and combine them together and add the heated up brown rice and quinoa when ready to eat
- Serve hot or cold
- Omit the brown rice & quinoa for a low carb, paleo guacamole salad
- Instead of Minute Ready products can just use your own cooked quinoa or brown rice
- To keep avocados from turning brown, you can prep all the ingredients in advance but don’t add the avocado until the day of
In case a guacamole salad recipe is not your jam, here are some other recipe ideas for how to incorporate the Minute Ready to Serve Brown Rice & Quinoa into an easy quick meal:
- Mexican Corn and Black Bean Salad
- Mix canned black beans with fresh corn, cilantro, lime juice and avocado before adding in the Minute Ready to Serve Brown Rice & Quinoa
- Mediterranean Veggie Salad
- Mix sun-dried tomatoes with roasted red peppers, artichoke hearts and olives before adding in the Minute Ready to Serve Brown Rice & Quinoa
Both these salads and the vegan guacamole salad come together in literally 10 minutes. Just a bit of chopping is all that is required.
Box up the salad and then heat up the Minute Ready to Serve Brown Rice & Quinoa and combine the two when ready to eat, or prepare ahead of time for easy meal prep for the week!
If you love guacamole, you’ll love the deconstructed version of this guacamole salad!
- ½ avocado
- 1 cup cherry tomatoes halved
- ¼ cup diced red onions
- ¼ cup diced cilantro
- ¼ cup diced sun-dried tomatoes
- ½ jalapeno deseeded, diced
- 1 lime juiced
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- Salt/pepper to taste
- 1 Minute Ready to Serve Brown Rice & Quinoa cup
In a large bowl combine avocado, cherry tomatoes, sun-dried tomatoes, red onion, cilantro, jalapeno, lime juice, olive oil, salt and pepper. Mix.
When ready to eat add the heated up Minute Ready to Serve Brown Rice & Quinoa to the salad. Mix.
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Minute® Ready to Serve.