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Southwestern Quinoa Salad mixes red quinoa, fresh vegetables, black beans and corn with a light cilantro lime dressing. A great side dish to any meal or salad for lunch.

Southwestern Quinoa Salad

Good Morning! I hope you had a wonderful fourth of July weekend and got to spend time with family and friends.

We had a packed weekend that included a parade which was Will’s first and he just loved it. Disclaimer: my mother-in-law made Will a super hero cape and because he loved it so much he pretty much wore it all weekend. 🙂

super hero Will

fourth of july parade

fourth of july

And this is what happens when you have just a little too much fun…

Fourth of July

We also did a lot of partying, grilling out and went to a carnival.  The carnival was another first for Will and he rode his first roller coaster and loved it.  When did my little boy get so big!!?  It was a beautiful weekend but I must admit I am feeling a little bit sleepy. I need to catch up on my rest and eat some healthy foods to get back on track.

Today’s Southwestern Quinoa Salad is one of my go-to salads that I like to make during the week for lunches.  I make a big container so I have leftovers and add things like avocado or grilled chicken for a healthy, full meal.  For this salad I used red quinoa which I buy at Trader Joes but feel free to use whatever quinoa you have on hand.

Southwestern Quinoa Salad

If you are looking for other salads using quinoa check out my Tomato Cucumber Feta Quinoa Salad, Greek Quinoa Salad or my Zucchini Chickpea Quinoa Salad. I have been on a grain kick lately and these are all really great options!

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Southwestern Quinoa Salad

Southwestern Quinoa Salad

  • Author: Julia // A Cedar Spoon
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Salad, Side

Description

Southwestern Quinoa Salad mixes red quinoa, fresh vegetables, black beans and corn with a light cilantro lime dressing. A great side dish to any meal or salad for lunch.


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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup red quinoa, cooked (or quinoa of your choice)
  • 1/2 cup red onion, chopped
  • 1 ear corn, cooked and taken off of the cob (or about 1/2 cup frozen or canned corn)
  • 1/2 can of black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 green onion, chopped
  • 1/2 pint of cherry tomatoes, chopped
  • 1/2 red pepper, chopped (or pepper of your choice)
  • For the Dressing:
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 2 teaspoons, honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder

Instructions

  1. Cook the red quinoa according to the package and set aside to cool.
  2. In a large mixing bowl combine the corn, black beans, green onion and red pepper. Add the quinoa and mix well.
  3. In a small mixing bowl whisk together the olive oil, cilantro, lime juice and chili powder. Pour the dressing over the quinoa salad and gently mix until the salad is coated with the dressing.
  4. Garnish with fresh cilantro and green onions. Serve right away or cover and refrigerate.

Notes

Add avocado, tofu or chicken to make a full meal.

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Enjoy!

Julia

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Shelley @ Two Healthy Kitchens

Thursday 17th of July 2014

Nothing better than watching a parade while wearing a superhero cape! Love it! Also love this salad - so many delicious flavors in one gorgeously delicious salad! Pinning, of course! :D

Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes)

Wednesday 9th of July 2014

This looks so fantastic. I love all the colors!

Beth Blacksin

Wednesday 9th of July 2014

Julia: keep these summer salads coming....I made the one with garbanzos and quinoa on Monday and its almost gone. so yummy. i'll try this one but i need to buy a lime and cilantro today.

Julia

Wednesday 9th of July 2014

You will really like this one! I love the idea of the garbanzos!

Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction

Tuesday 8th of July 2014

I love having salads like this on hand for weekday lunches!