Southwestern Quinoa Salad

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Get a superfood boost from our quinoa salad!

Clean eating has never tasted this delicious! Our Southwestern Quinoa Salad builds on quinoa’s South American roots. This dish is loaded with nutrient-rich ingredients native to the Americas, like black beans and corn.The colorful southwestern-style salad yields a meal booming with flavors and textures, thanks to clean foods like buttery avocado, juicy cherry tomatoes, and tangy lime juice.

This quinoa salad makes the perfect light meal or veggie side for a meat dish. Quinoa serves as a wonderful alternative to rice or pasta-based salads. The versatile grain is chock full of protein, fiber, and vitamins. Thanks to quinoa’s low-glycemic index, your body will take longer to digest the grain, giving you valuable slow-releasing energy.

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Southwestern Quinoa Salad

With loads of clean ingredients, this salad is a powerhouse of nutrition and flavor.
Yield 8 people
Serving Size
Course Dinner, Salad
Cuisine American, Tex-Mex
Author SkinnyMs.


Quinoa Salad

  • 1 cup quinoa uncooked
  • 1 avocado ripe, peeled, pitted, and diced
  • 1 cup corn kernels thawed, or cut from cooked and cooled corn on the cob
  • 15 ounces black beans can, drained and rinsed
  • 1 1/2 cups cherry tomatoes halved
  • 1/4 cup cilantro coarsely chopped


  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice freshly squeezed (from 1 lime)
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper optional
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher or sea salt


  • Bring 1 1/2 cups water and quinoa to a boil. Reduce heat to lowest setting and cover.
  • Allow to cook for 15 minutes or until all water is absorbed. Turn off heat and leave quinoa covered on the burner for 5-10 minutes. Fluff with a fork.
  • Chill quinoa in the fridge for at least 1 hour or overnight.
  • Toss cooled quinoa with the remaining salad ingredients. Whisk together dressing ingredients. Add dressing to salad and toss to combine. Serve and enjoy!

Nutrition Information

Calories: 226kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 225mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 2g |
SmartPoints (Freestyle): 7
Keywords Vegetarian

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