Spicy Sorghum Salad with Avocado


The flavors of the Latin American ingredients cilantro, avocado, corn and tomatoes truly brighten up this nutrient-rich, satisfying Spicy Sorghum Salad with Avocado. This delicious vegan sorghum salad recipe is also gluten free. Just cook up whole grain sorghum, then toss it with veggies, olive oil, lemon juice and seasonings, and you’re ready to go! This hearty, nutritious salad is packed with heart-healthy ingredients. And it’s a good source of protein, fiber, and antioxidant compounds, thanks to these wholesome, plant-based ingredients. Mix it up and enjoy it for lunch or dinner, or in meal prep. I love to serve this salad at picnics and potlucks too. It’s even better the next day!

I get a lot of questions about cooking with sorghum. So, I’m answering a few for you. Learn more about sorghum here, too.

What is sorghum?

Sorghum is an ancient grain that is used widely around the world. While other countries may consume this healthy grain as a porridge or side-dish, we often use this grain in America for animal food or to turn into a sweetener. However, we can enjoy eating this nutritious whole grain too, as it is a great source of protein, fiber, vitamins, minerals and even phytochemicals!

What is sorghum used for?

Sorghum is very versatile! It has a nutty, crunchy texture and mild flavor. You can use sorghum in a variety of dishes, such as a salad recipe. Cook it up, cool it, then mix it in with a flavorful vinaigrette and other veggies, such as spinach, mushrooms, bell peppers, onions, peas, and tomatoes. You can also cook whole grain sorghum and serve it as “berries”—which are cooked intact kernels. This can be used as a side dish instead of brown rice with dishes such as stir-fry, curry, and beans. You can also enjoy sorghum as a breakfast porridge with fruit. You can even bake with whole grain sorghum flour!

Is sorghum gluten-free?

Yes, this ancient grain contains no gluten, so you can safely use the sorghum grains or flours in gluten-free cooking. It makes a wonderful gluten-free grain replacement for that reason.

Watch this video on how to make this recipe.


Spicy Sorghum Salad with Avocado

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  • Author: The Plant-Powered Dietitian
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings
  • Diet: Vegan

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Try this delicious Spicy Sorghum Salad with Avocado recipe for a nutritious, healthy recipe for your kitchen! This vegan sorghum salad recipe is also gluten free.



  • 3 cups cooked sorghum* (according to package directions), cooled
  • 1 avocado, ripe, diced
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 cup corn
  • 3 green onions, diced
  • ½ cup chopped cilantro


  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ¼ jalapeno, finely diced
  • ¼ teaspoon smoked red paprika


  1. Mix together cooked sorghum, avocado, tomatoes, corn, onions, and cilantro in a medium bowl.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together lemon, olive oil, garlic, jalapeno, paprika, and salt (optional).
  3. Pour dressing over sorghum mixture and toss gently to distribute.
  4. Serve at room temperature or chill until serving time.
  5. Makes 6 servings (about 1 cup each).


*To make sorghum, boil 3 cups water in a medium pot. Add 1 cup uncooked sorghum, reduce heat to medium, cover, and simmer until grains are cooked but not mushy (about 50 minutes).

InstantPot Directions: Place sorghum in the container of the InstantPot. Press “Multigrain” setting. Cook according to manufacturer’s directions. Follow above directions using cooked sorghum.

Slowcooker Directions: Place sorghum in the container of the Slowcooker. Cook on low for 4-6 hours or on high for 8-12 hours. Cook according to manufacturer’s directions. Follow above directions using cooked sorghum.

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 50 minutes (to cook sorghum)
  • Category: Salad
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1 serving
  • Calories: 198
  • Sugar: 4 g
  • Sodium: 127 mg
  • Fat: 8 g
  • Saturated Fat: 1 g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 1 g
  • Carbohydrates: 31 g
  • Fiber: 4 g
  • Protein: 5 g

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For other recipes featuring sorghum, try the following:

Tex-Mex Sorghum Chili
Spicy Sorghum Sweet Potato Veggie Burgers
Stir-Fried Thai Tofu Sorghum Bowl
Masala Sorghum Chickpea Salad

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