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Southwest Quinoa Salad Recipe

Southwest Quinoa Salad - Makes a delicious and flavorful side dish or main meal. You can feel great about eating this healthy, protein-packed quinoa salad all summer long!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: mexican quinoa salad, quinoa salad, quinoa salad recipe, southwest quinoa salad
Servings: 6
Calories: 295kcal
Author: Jamielyn Nye


  • 1 cup quinoa , rinsed
  • 2 cups water or broth (I used chicken broth)
  • 1 can black beans , drained and rinsed
  • 1 can whole kernel corn , drained and rinsed
  • 1 orange bell pepper , chopped
  • 1/2 pint grape tomatoes , sliced
  • 3 green onions
  • Handful fresh cilantro , chopped
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • Juice of 2 large limes
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons garlic salt
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1 jalapeno , seeded and diced


  • Cook quinoa as directed on package. Once the quinoa is completely cooked, set it aside to cool.
  • Drain and rinse the canned black beans and corn. Pat dry with paper towels and place into a large bowl.
  • Add chopped bell pepper, sliced grape tomatoes, green onions and cilantro into the bowl with beans and corn.
  • In a separate small bowl, whisk together olive oil, lime juice, salt, black pepper, garlic powder, chili powder, cumin and diced jalapeno.
  • Add the cooled quinoa to the vegetable mixture. Pour dressing over top the salad and toss until combined. Season to taste.
  • Refrigerate for at least 2 hours or overnight. Served chilled.


  • This salad can easily be made ahead of time. I usually make it the day before so the flavors can marinate together a little longer.
  • Feel free to use either red or white quinoa. Both would taste equally as delicious!
  • This salad will keep in the fridge for about 3 to 5 days. Just keep stored in an airtight container.
  • This recipe is perfect for meal prep! You could even add chicken or avocado to bulk it up a little more.


Calories: 295kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 1268mg | Potassium: 549mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 1440IU | Vitamin C: 35.4mg | Calcium: 46mg | Iron: 3.3mg