Southwest Quinoa Salad

Quinoa is quickly becoming one of my favorites grains.  It’s just so versatile, especially as the base for a nutritious, protein packed salad.  After trying a Southwest quinoa salad from my local grocery store deli, I knew I could probably recreate it at home.

This salad is flavorful, but not too spicy. You could always replace the jalapeno with some chopped green onions if you prefer and even milder version. I usually enjoy it as a quick, healthy lunch.  It keeps for several days in the refrigerator.

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Southwest Quinoa Salad
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Prep Time
20 min
Total Time
20 min
Prep Time
20 min
Total Time
20 min
2377 calories
348 g
0 g
79 g
82 g
11 g
1130 g
1267 g
13 g
0 g
65 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
1130g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 2377
Calories from Fat 697
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 79g
121%
Saturated Fat 11g
53%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 19g
Monounsaturated Fat 46g
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 1267mg
53%
Total Carbohydrates 348g
116%
Dietary Fiber 61g
243%
Sugars 13g
Protein 82g
Vitamin A
91%
Vitamin C
250%
Calcium
34%
Iron
143%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
Salad
  1. 2 cups cooked, cooled quinoa (1 cup raw will equal about 2 cups cooked)
  2. 1 (15 oz.) can black beans, rinsed and drained
  3. 1 cup frozen corn, thawed
  4. 1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper
  5. 1/4 cup chopped red onion
  6. 1-2 cloves garlic, minced
  7. 1 small jalapeno, seeded and finely chopped
  8. 1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro
Dressing
  1. 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  2. 1/4 cup olive oil
  3. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  4. 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  5. 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  6. 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  7. 1 teaspoon chili powder
  8. 1 teaspoon oregano
  9. Juice of one lime
Instructions
  1. Combine the ingredients for the salad in a medium bowl and toss together.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the dressing ingredients. Pour over salad and mix well.
  3. Chill for at least 2 hours before serving.
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2377
fat
79g
protein
82g
carbs
348g
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Comments

  1. I LOVE quinoa!

  2. I’ve been looking for a good southwest quinoa recipe lately!! I’m excited to try this!

  3. I am so going to try this, love the recipe and dressing.

  4. Looks good! I’ll have to try this one day….

  5. Looks great! I’ve made a similar dish – without the red pepper and using less spices but I want to try yours!

  6. yummy! I will have to make this the next time I have the girls over. There is no way my boys would eat this, but I could live off this kind of food.

  7. I made this for dinner tonight. It was fantastic- the right amount of flavor and heat. I only cooked 1 1/4 cups of quinoa because that is all I had I hand and I used the whole pepper. It seemed to be a good ratio of sauce:veggies:quinoa.
    A great recipe for summer!

  8. So glad you liked it L. :)

  9. Danelle,

    For some reason the recipe isn’t showing. I love making this salad and plan on making it for a baby shower tomorrow, but I can’t get the recipe to show up using both my phone and computer. Can you please help? Thanks!

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