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!

Whenever we go antiquing, we like to pack a lunch. It saves a little money and it maximizes our time looking for ‘stuff’. So I’ll make a sandwich or a wrap, and a salad. This salad is a great one for trips since it travels well and isn’t messy to eat!

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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