Southwest Quinoa Salad

by Sherri on July 1, 2014 · 12 comments · Clean Eating, Side Dishes

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Southwest Quinoa Salad

I owe this recipe to my friend Katie.  She made it when I was at her house once for a cook-out and I loved it.   She was up for my son’s graduation  last year and I asked if she could make it for our graduation party.  I just knew it would be a hit.  And it’s so pretty too with all the colors!

Plus I got to write down what she did so I could make it many, many more times.  It is the perfect summer side dish.  I even add chicken to it sometimes.  Um Um Good!

If you are looking for a easy dish for a 4th of July picnic.  This will be perfect!


1 cup quinoa, measured dry and then cooked

1 15oz can black beans, rinsed & drained or 2 cups of dried cooked black beans

1/2 bunch of cilantro, chopped

3-5 green onions sliced (also good with red onion)

1 pint of cherry tomatoes, halved

1 cup frozen corn, thawed

2 avocados, diced

2-3 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil

Juice of two limes or 4 TBSP of Bottled Lime juice

1 tsp cumin

1 tsp garlic powder

pepper to taste


Mix all ingredients together.

Refrigerate for at least 2 hours but it is even better after several hours to overnight.


I am sharing this recipe at some of these great Weekly Linky Parties.

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Jamie July 7, 2014 at 2:18 pm

I’m always looking for new ways to do quinoa! Thank you so much for linking up to Monday Funday!


Lori Hart July 8, 2014 at 10:49 pm

I could make this my main meal for lunch. Perfect when I’m stuck at my desk. I found you over at theTwo Cup Tuesdays link party.  I host Tickle My Tastebuds Tuesday and would love it if you linked up this recipe. 

Here is the link  Have a wonderful day!!


Natalie July 9, 2014 at 11:09 am

I am always looking for quinoa recipes!! This looks so colorful and delicious…I can’t wait to try it.


Swathi July 10, 2014 at 9:45 pm

Delicious quinoa salad, Very healthy, Thanks for sharing with Hearth and Soul blog hop. pinning it.


Wendy @ July 10, 2014 at 11:32 pm

Mmmmmm this quinoa salad looks amazing. So healthy :)
I would love for you to share this at my T.G.I.F. Linky Party @
Have a great weekend!! :)


Stephanie July 12, 2014 at 2:27 am

Looks so delicious! Thank you so much for linking up at Tasty Tuesday! Your recipe has been pinned to the Tasty Tuesday Pinterest board! Please join us again this week!


Karly July 12, 2014 at 7:38 pm

This is my kind of salad! Thanks for linking up with What’s Cookin’ Wednesday!


Diane Balch July 13, 2014 at 3:50 pm

I love this recipe… simple and full of flavor. Thanks for bringing it to foodie friday. Pinned.


Miz Helen July 15, 2014 at 3:43 pm

Thank you so much for sharing your awesome post with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you are having a great week and come back soon!
Miz Helen


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