May 8, 2019

Southwest Quinoa Salad

Southwest-Quinoa-SaladSee this and other quinoa recipes on my Quinoa Pinterest board here.

Southwest Quinoa Salad

This is Quinoa Southwest Salad is probably my favorite, favorite quinoa salad. I could eat the whole bowl. I really could. The southwestern dressing and a bowl full of good stuff – I hope you like it too.


Quinoa, 1 cup
See how to cook quinoa in rice cooker

Feta, 1 Cup

Black beans, 1 can (15 oz)

Red or yellow pepper, diced small

Corn, 1 can (15 oz)

Spinach or some kind of greens (I like to use an arugula/green mix)

Red onion, diced very, very small


Fresh lime juice, 1/2 cup (I used two limes)

Red wine vinegar, 3 Tablespoons

Olive Oil 1/4 Cup

Cayenne powder, 1/4 teaspoon
This has a slight bite, if you want less, use less)

Cumin, 1 Tablespoon

Salt, 1/2 teaspoon

Pepper, a few dashes


1.) Cook quinoa. I like to cook my quinoa in a rice cooker. Don’t have a rice cooker? Cook on the stove top by bring 1 1/4 cup water or chicken broth to a boil (basically the ratio is 1 part quinoa to 1.25 part liquid). Add 1 Cup rinsed quinoa, give it a good stir, reduce heat to low and let it simmer for about 30-35 minutes.

2.) While your quinoa is simmering, make up your dressing by whisking together all dressing ingredients. In a separate bowl add black beans (rinsed, drained), corn (rinsed, drained), diced pepper, spinach and red onion.

3.) Allow quinoa to cool completely. Once cooled and right before serving, add all ingredients together in a large bowl and stir. If you want to make it ahead of time – I’d just add the lettuce and feta at the time of serving.



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  1. Just bookmarked this! I can’t wait to make it. Looks wonderful! Thanks for the recipe, Queen Bee 🙂

  2. I made this tonight for a family gathering and it was a huge hit. Everyone loved it and asked for the recipe. Thanks for sharing!

  3. This looks amazing! I have been looking for new uses for quinoa. Thanks for sharing! Also, I pinned.

  4. Michelle S says

    How much corn please? This looks delish!!!

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