I grew up in a family of salt lovers. We loved salting our meals, salting our cucumbers and tomatoes from the garden, salting our popcorn, we just loved our salt! I really try to watch my salt intake and the amount of salt I add to dishes I create because still to this day my palate finds that salty taste desirable.
I still enjoy my salty popcorn every once in a while…
When Sunkist reached out to me with their “Salternative” campaign I knew it would be a challenge for me, but in a great way! Many Americans consume way more sodium than the recommended daily amount, and Sunkist challenged me and some other bloggers to each create a recipe that swapped the salt for lemon in an attempt to reduce the sodium content of the dish. Lemon is the “salternative” to salt!
Check out this handy chart showing how to reduce the amount of salt used in recipes by using lemon zest and lemon juice instead of table salt:
Brian and I have an extreme love for guacamole and all things Mexican-inspired when it comes to meals, and I had guacamole on the brain when brainstorming for this recipe challenge.
Random Fact: When I was younger, I was a huge fan of the show Desperate Housewives and I thought Eva Longoria was one of my favorites on the show. They actually had a Desperate Housewives Cookbook, and Eva Longoria used lemon juice in her guacamole instead of lime juice and that little tidbit just stuck with me! So, when I make my guacamole, I often use lemon juice instead of lime juice for a slightly different tang.
That being said, I thought I would make my guacamole into a salad by adding quinoa, black beans, and bell pepper.
After experimenting in the kitchen with a little of this and a little of that, Fiesta Quinoa Salad was created.
The salad is kind of like a deconstructed guacamole with some extra mix-ins. The added lemon gives the salad a fresh tang and the cumin and chili powder mix together to give the dish a nice warmth that makes it super satisfying. Brian enjoyed his Fiesta Quinoa Salad with tortilla chips and I enjoyed mine with a spoon…either way, it’s delicious!
Yields: this made about 4 servings for us
For more information about using lemons instead of salt visit the sunkist website.
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Sunkist.