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southwestern quinoa salad in a large bowl

Southwestern Black Bean Quinoa Salad.

This tasty black bean quinoa salad is a quick and easy summer salad with flavors of the Southwest!

Course Salad
Cuisine Dairy Free, gluten free, Mexican, vegan.
Keyword barbecue side dishes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 289 kcal
Author Kelly Roenicke


  • 1 cup quinoa cooked according to package directions
  • 15 ounces black beans drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup corn kernels frozen or canned
  • ½ cup fresh cilantro leaves
  • ½ cup green onions chopped, or sweet onion
  • 1 garlic clove crushed
  • 3 Tablespoons fresh lime juice or lemon juice
  • 3 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder
  • teaspoon cayenne pepper optional


  1. Prepare quinoa according to package directions, then let cool.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the lime juice, olive oil, garlic, and spices.

  3. Add the cooled quinoa, onions, black beans, corn, and cilantro. Mix together to combine.
  4. Serve immediately or refrigerate to until ready to serve.

Recipe Notes

You can use red or white quinoa in this recipe.

If you don't have quinoa on hand, you can use rice.

Store leftovers in the refrigerator. They should stay fresh for about 3-4 days.

You can make this salad the night before serving if you wish. Just make the dressing separately and add to the salad right before serving.

Nutrition Facts
Southwestern Black Bean Quinoa Salad.
Amount Per Serving
Calories 289 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Fat 10g15%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 446mg19%
Potassium 503mg14%
Carbohydrates 42g14%
Fiber 9g38%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 11g22%
Vitamin A 429IU9%
Vitamin C 5mg6%
Calcium 45mg5%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.