Quinoacado Tacos with Charred Corn and FruitĀ Salsa

August 23, 2013
9 Ratings
  • Serves 2-4
Author Notes

These tacos are completely seasonal and unintentionally vegan. I made them for a summer dinner for two on my balcony. The texture of the avocado makes the filling creamy, while the charred corn mixture is what really adds the flavor. —Rachel Zarrow

What You'll Need
  • Fruit Salsa
  • 1 cup finely diced summer fruit (I use a mixture of nectarine and melon)
  • 1 Lemon or lime (or combination), juiced
  • 1/4 cup Red onion, minced
  • 1/2 Serrano, seeded, finely diced
  • 1/4 cup Cilantro, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon Mint, minced
  • 1 pinch Salt, to taste
  • Quinoacado and Charred Corn
  • 1/2 cup Dry sprouted quinoa
  • 1 cup Water
  • 1 tablespoon Extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 Small shallots, minced
  • 2 Ears corn, husked and kernels removed from the cob
  • 1/2 Serrano, minced and seeded
  • 2 Small very ripe avocados, pitted and halved
  • 1/2 cup Tomato, diced
  • 1 tablespoon Cilantro, chopped
  • 4 Leaves red butter lettuce
  • 8 Corn tortillas
  1. Fruit Salsa
  2. Soak the minced onion and the serrano in the citrus juice in the fridge for 20-30 minutes. (In the meantime, begin the quinoacado)
  3. Mix the diced fruit, citrus-soaked onion and serrano, herbs, and salt to taste in a small bowl. (You may need to move it to another container to serve if there is too much excess liquid.)
  1. Quinoacado and Charred Corn
  2. Bring the quinoa and water to a boil. Once it reaches boiling, reduce to a simmer, cover, and cook for 15 minutes. Turn off heat and let sit for 5 minutes.
  3. Heat up the olive oil in a frying pan over medium heat. Add the shallots and the Serrano. Sautee until browned. Add the corn kernels and turn up the heat to medium high. Let the kernels brown and stir once or twice to turn. Remove from the heat.
  4. Once the quinoa has cooked and cooled, add it to a large bowl and fluff with a fork. Add the avocado halves and mash them with the quinoa, using a fork. Leave a few chunks of avocado. Stir in the charred corn mixture, tomatoes, and cilantro.
  5. Assembly: Place half of a butter lettuce leaf on top of a corn tortilla. Add a scoop of the quinoacado corn mixture and spoon some of the fruit salsa on top.
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Lisako August 8, 2014
Am I reading this wrong, or is there no fruit listed in the fruit salsa? In the picture, I think I see some melon or something- is it an error in the recipe writing?
Rachel Z. September 15, 2014
Thanks for catching that! Fixed!