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Sunday, April 19, 2015

Salad Sunday- Guacamole Quinoa Salad

The weather is finally turning warmer here in the midwest. Since the weather is nicer, I crave soup less and salads more. It's time to try some new salad recipes. Today I have one that could easily have made my Super Food Saturday blog.

This salad has a number of super foods in its ingredients.  Quinoa is a good meat substitute since it is the only plant based source with complete protein.  Quinoa is easy to cook. I put a cup of raw quinoa into a well oiled rice cooker with 2 cups of water. Then I turn on the cooker and let it run until all the water is absorbed. this will yield two cups of cooked quinoa.

Jicama is a root common in Latin American cooking. It takes like a water chestnute and is high in nuturtion. It makes a nice crunchy addition to the salad.

Guacamole Quinoa Salad

1 large avocado, pitted, peeled and mashed
juice of 1 lime
2 cups cooked quinoa
1 bunch green onions
½ large jicama
½ mango, diced
½ jalapeno pepper, seeded and finely chopped
1 cup grape tomatoes, halved
½ cup chopped fresh cilantro
1 teaspoon chili powder

In a medium bowl mix the mashed avocado and lime juice.  Add the remaining ingredients to combine. Serve chilled.

4 servings


Chris Wodke
Founder & Manager Team CMT

Chris is a triathlete and long distance runner. She is a three time participant of the Boston Marathon.  In 2012 she finished 2nd at Boston in the Mobility Impaired Division. She was on the course in 2013 when the bombs exploded.

She has appeared three times at the Paratriathlon National Triathlon Sprint Championship. She was the 2012 and 2014 National Champion Paratriathlon Open Division Champion.

In 2014 she was the PC Open Champion at the Duathlon National Championship. She has qualified to represent Team USA at the Aquathon ITU World Championship in Chicago in 2015.  

 In 2014 she represented  the U.S. as a paratriathlete at the Pan-American Triathlon Championship in Dallas, Texas.

She travels around the country raising awareness of CMT.

She is the author of the book, “Running for My Life” that details her experience as a CMT affected athlete.

You may visit her author page at:

Team CMT is a group of athletes and supporters working to raise awareness and to find a cure for CMT. We have 160 members in 32 states. We also have members in Australia, Scotland, Canada, Vietnam, Turkey, Finland and Iran. If you wish to join us visit our web site; or

CMT or Charcot-Marie-Tooth is the most commonly inherited peripheral neuropathy. It affects over 155,000 Americans (as many as MS).  It is a disease of the nerves that control the muscles. It is slowly progressive, causing loss of normal function and or sensation in the lower legs/feet and arms/hands.

Symptoms include; muscle wasting in the lower legs and feet leading to foot drop, poor balance and gait problems Atrophy in the hands causes difficulty with manual dexterity.

Structural foot deformities such as high arches and hammer toes are common.

Poor tolerance for cool or cold temperatures and many people have chronically cold hands and feet.

Additional symptoms may include fatigue, sleep apnea, breathing difficulties and hearing loss.

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