Southwest Quinoa Salad

Southwest Quinoa Salad

Recipe by Sandra MyersCourse: LunchCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Easy


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A healthy Southwest Quinoa Salad with zesty lime vinaigrette. This cold quinoa salad can be made ahead for meal prep lunches or dinners.


  • For the salad:
  • 1.6 teaspoons olive oil

  • 1.6 cloves garlic minced

  • 0.8 cup quinoa well rinsed and drained

  • 1.4 cups low sodium vegetable broth or water

  • 0.8 cup canned corn drained

  • 12 ounce can black beans rinsed and drained

  • 0.8 red bell pepper chopped

  • 3.2 green onions sliced

  • 1.6 tablespoons minced fresh cilantro

  • For the lime vinaigrette:
  • 2.4 tablespoons fresh lime juice

  • 1.6 tablespoons olive oil

  • 0.8 tablespoon honey

  • 0.8 teaspoon chili powder

  • 0.4 teaspoon cumin

  • salt and pepper to taste

  • For serving:
  • guacamole or avocado if desired


  • Heat the 2 teaspoons olive oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add the garlic and saute until fragrant, stirring, about 1 minute. Add the quinoa and vegetable broth (or water) and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat, cover, and simmer until the liquid has been absorbed, about 12-16 minutes. Remove from the heat.
  • While the quinoa cooks, prepare the lime vinaigrette. In a small bowl or jar, combine the dressing ingredients. Whisk (or shake in a jar with a lid) until well combined.
  • Transfer the cooked quinoa to a large bowl and stir in the corn, black beans, bell pepper, green onions and cilantro. Add the dressing and stir gently to combine. Taste and adjust seasonings as necessary.
  • Serve salad warm or cold, with guacamole or sliced avocado if desired.


  • Quinoa salad can be stored for 3-4 days in the refrigerator.

Nutrition Facts

4 servings per container

  • Amount Per ServingCalories319
  • % Daily Value *
  • Total Fat 11g 17%
    • Saturated Fat 1g 5%
  • Sodium 161mg 7%
  • Total Carbohydrate 47g 16%
    • Dietary Fiber 8g 32%
    • Sugars 10g
  • Protein 11g 22%

    * The % Daily Value tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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