Southwestern Quinoa Salad Version 2.0

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Quinoa is pretty popular in our house. It’s easy to cook and works well with other flavors, and in particular, Southwestern flavors. This Southwestern quinoa salad is an excellent example. It is a different take on the recipe we normally use. We enjoy both versions!

Southwestern Quinoa Salad

The combination of citrus flavors with cumin and smoked paprika really works well. Very classic southwestern. If you want a little bite, toss a few pinches of red pepper flakes in there too. And try different kinds of quinoa for a little color in your southwestern quinoa salad.

If you’re interested in the awesome steakhouse grinder we had with this salad, click here for the recipe.

Southwestern Quinoa Salad
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Southwestern Quinoa Salad Version 2.0

The combination of citrus flavors with cumin and smoked paprika really works well. Very classic southwestern.
Course Side
Cuisine Southwestern
Keyword quinoa, salad, southwestern
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 10
Calories 168kcal


  • 1 ½ cup quinoa
  • 1 cup corn or 1/2 of a can of corn kernels, drained
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 15 1/4 ounce black beans rinsed and drained
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes halved
  • 1 cup feta cheese crumbled
  • 3 green onions sliced
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 medium orange juiced


  • Cook quinoa per package directions, making sure to rinse the quinoa before cooking. Drain and let cool almost completely. Place in a large bowl.
  • Heat a large skillet over high heat and add the corn kernels. Singe the corn, stirring occasionally, for 5-10 minutes.
  • Add the corn, cumin, beans, tomato, feta, green onions, and smoked paprika
  • Stir the salad and add salt if desired.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the oil, lime juice and orange juice. Add to the salad and toss.


Calories: 168kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 13mg | Sodium: 200mg | Potassium: 334mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 464IU | Vitamin C: 20mg | Calcium: 103mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutritional values are approximate.

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