Southwestern Quinoa Salad

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This southwestern quinoa salad is by far our favorite quinoa salad. With such great depth-of-flavor and a little smoky kick, you definitely won’t be bored with it. It is perfect for packing for lunch or having as a side with dinner. The textures and flavors abound in this salad.

Southwestern Quinoa Salad 2

I mixed red and yellow quinoa to get more contrast in the final salad. In my humble opinion, my southwestern quinoa salad came out looking as great as it tasted!

I make another version of this salad that includes delicious cherry tomatoes among other great things. Give it a try too!

Southwestern Quinoa Salad 2
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Southwestern Quinoa Salad

A fantastic quinoa salad with great flavor.
Course Side
Cuisine American
Keyword salad, southwestern
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 194kcal
Author Mike


For the dressing:

For the salad


  • Bring the broth to a boil in a large pot. Add the quinoa and salt, cover, and boil for 10-15 minutes or until all of the liquid has been absorbed. Remove from heat and let cool completely.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the lime juice, cumin, chili powder, chipotle chili powder, vinegar, olive oil and garlic.
  • To assemble the salad, place the black beans, corn, onion, red bell pepper, jalapenos, cilantro and quinoa in a large bowl and stir to combine.
  • Add in the dressing and toss to coat. Season with salt and pepper and serve, or refrigerate first.


Calories: 194kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 626mg | Potassium: 467mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 181IU | Vitamin C: 22mg | Calcium: 52mg | Iron: 3mg

Nutritional values are approximate.

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