Southwest Quinoa Salad

Dee Stillwell


I found a very cool site that has some amazing healthy recipes.
I adapted this recipe from there to suit my tastes. I'm not a fan of black beans so used kidney beans instead. It is very refreshing and delicious. Everyone loved it! On top of that, it not only tastes good but it's good for you. My grandson's review was "It's hecka good! : D

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20 Min
20 Min
Rice Cooker


3 c
white quinoa, cooked and chilled
1 can(s)
black beans, rinsed and drained
1 1/2 c
fresh corn kernals, blanched a few minutes. may use canned nibblet's, drained
1 c
diced, any color bell pepper you choose
1/2 c
chopped green onion
1 - 2
avacados peeled and diced, 2 if u love them and want to garnish with them
1 c
prepared or homemade pico de gallo (or add 1 jalapeno, seeded and diced fine and a lg diced tomato.)
1/4 c
chopped cilantro


4 - 5 Tbsp
fresh lime juice
1/4 c
olive oil, extra virgin
1 tsp
lemon pepper
1 tsp
1/4 tsp
fresh black pepper
1/2 tsp
garlic powder or 1 tbl. fresh grated garlic


1Cook 1 1/2 cups well rinsed organic Quinoa according to package directions. Let cool and chill while preparing other salad ingredients and dressing. Whisk together dressing ingredients.
While quinoa is cooking, prepare the chopped vegetables and whisk together the dressing.
Allow quinoa to cool after cooking for about 30 minutes.
2Fluff quinoa with a fork. Add the beans, corn and vegetables and toss well.
4. Drizzle dressing over salad and toss well. Salad can be served at room temperature or chilled. Keep fresh in a sealed container for 1-2 days. Enjoy!
3I find frozen corn is rubbery corn. I would suggest using fresh corn only, if the season applies, otherwise I would use canned Nibblet's corn.
4Another note. I usually make salads with quinoa that I have cooked the nite or 2 before for dinner. I usually cook 2 cups in 4 cups of broth and lemon juice. This is enough for a dinner side for 4 and a salad with the leftovers.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Other Salads
Main Ingredient: Rice/Grains
Regional Style: American
Other Tag: Quick & Easy