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.

Southwest Quinoa Salad


Who Dished It Up First: This is an original recipe.



  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. :)

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