Southwestern Quinoa Salad Recipe

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Ella Published: June 10, 2021
Southwestern Quinoa Salad Recipe

How To Make Southwestern Quinoa Salad

Vibrant and tasty, this southwestern quinoa salad with corn, beans, tomatoes, red onions, and herbs is a celebration of different textures and flavors.

Preparation: 10 minutes
Cooking: 25 minutes
Total: 35 minutes



  • 2tbspolive oil,divided
  • 1cuptricolor quinoa
  • 1tspgarlic powder
  • ½tspsalt
  • ¼tspcumin
  • ¼tspcoriander
  • ¼tsponion powder
  • tspground black pepper
  • 2cupswater,or chicken broth
  • 1cupcorn,fresh or frozen
  • ¼cupred onion,finely diced
  • ½jalapeño,minced
  • 15ozblack beans,(1 can) rinsed and drained
  • ½cherry tomatoes,halved
  • ¼cupcilantro,chopped
  • 1green onion,sliced
  • 1lime,juiced



    1. Rinse quinoa in a fine mesh sieve to remove dirt or debris. 

    2. In a large saucepan set over medium heat, add 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Toast quinoa and seasonings and spices for 2 to 3 minutes or until fragrant.

    3. Add broth or water. Bring to a boil, cover and cook for 15 to 20 minutes or until tender.

    4. Meanwhile, in large skillet set over medium heat, add remaining tablespoon of olive oil. When the oil is hot, add the corn and cook for 3 to 4 minutes, then add the onion and jalapeño.

    5. Cook for 3 to 4 minutes before stirring in the black beans. Remove from the heat and allow to cool.

    6. Once the quinoa has cooled (warm to the touch), place in a large mixing bowl and toss with the corn and bean mixture, cherry tomatoes, cilantro, green onion, and lime juice.

    7. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve warm or cold.


    • Calories: 625.15kcal
    • Fat: 11.45g
    • Saturated Fat: 1.76g
    • Trans Fat: 0.00g
    • Monounsaturated Fat: 5.94g
    • Polyunsaturated Fat: 2.96g
    • Carbohydrates: 104.39g
    • Fiber: 21.19g
    • Sugar: 5.48g
    • Protein: 30.69g
    • Sodium: 311.23mg
    • Calcium: 170.39mg
    • Potassium: 1985.34mg
    • Iron: 7.87mg
    • Vitamin A: 11.10µg
    • Vitamin C: 11.46mg
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