Southwest Quinoa Salad Recipe

If you’re looking for a delicious side dish or light meal idea, this Southwest Quinoa Salad is a good choice!

Do you love quinoa? It’s a great alternative to rice and something we love eating around here. I love making larger batches of quinoa, to keep leftovers on hand for easy recipes like this Southwest Quinoa Salad. It’s a great vegetarian/vegan option for a lighter lunch idea. Or pair it with some grilled chicken for a heartier and delicious meal!

Aren’t all the colors pretty? I love the fresh ingredients in this dish. It really is just a bit of a twist on a “burrito bowl”. YUM! Here’s the easy recipe:


Southwest Quinoa Salad Recipe
Recipe type: Side Dish
Cuisine: Mexican
  • ½ C. quinoa, rinsed
  • 1 C. water
  • ¼ - ½ C black beans, rinsed
  • ¼ C - ½ C frozen corn, thawed
  • ¼ - ½ C. tomato, diced
  • ⅛ C. green onion, diced
  • *optional - chopped cilantro to taste
  • 1 lime, cut in half
  • salt & pepper to taste
  1. Cook quinoa according to package directions (Bring a small saucepan of with 1 cup of water to boil. Add in the rinsed quinoa, turn the heat to low and cover. Let simmer for 15-20 minutes). Let the quinoa cool.
  2. Once the quinoa has cooled, add all vegetable ingredients plus lime juice and salt & pepper (to taste). Toss to combine.
  3. Serve and enjoy!
Instead of cooking a new batch of quinoa, this recipe is PERFECT for using up leftovers! Just use about a cup of already cooked quinoa!

SOOOO easy and tasty! You could even add additional veggies or spices – jalapeño or green chiles would work great if you’d like a little more spice. You could also add in a little sprinkle of cheese!

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For more delicious quinoa recipes, be sure to check these out:

Butternut Apple Cranberry Quinoa Salad

Cheesy Broccoli Quinoa Casserole

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