July 18, 2013

Southwest Quinoa Salad

I FINALLY tried quinoa for the first time a few weeks ago.  Now, I have been saving recipes left and right.  I really liked it, plus it is good for you.

The only down side is, it is not cheap.  I picked up a small box at Walmart for $5, but I'm hoping Winco will have it in bulk for way cheaper.  

This Southwest version can be served hot or cold.  I ate it warm the first night, then the leftovers cold for the next few days.  It is a perfect Summer lunch.  Light and healthy.  

I also think this would be great with some chopped bell peppers and corn or even with some shredded cooked chicken. 
Southwest Quinoa Salad
adapted from: Phil G.
(Printable Recipe) or (Printable with Picture)

1 c. quinoa
1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
2 medium tomatoes, diced
4 green onions (including green part), chopped
1/2 c. chopped fresh cilantro

1/2 Tbl. (heaping) grated lime zest
2 Tbl. fresh lime juice
3 Tbl. extra virgin olive oil
1/2 Tbl. pure maple syrup
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper

Prepare quinoa according to the package directions.  Meanwhile, whisk together all of the dressing ingredients.  Taste and adjust ingredients, if needed.  When quinoa is finished cooking and all the water has been absorbed, remove from heat and stir in the black beans, diced tomatoes, minced green onions and chopped cilantro.  Pour dressing over the top and toss to coat.  Pour into serving platter and serve warm or cover and chill and serve cold.  Serves: 4-5 as a side dish.

Jenn's Notes: I think this is delicious and I also think it would be good with some chopped bell peppers and corn.


  1. I love quinoa, but you're right, it's not cheap!! So random, but Nancy Chidester is in my ward and she told me I needed to check out your blog. And I was like, "I totally know that blog!." So are you in Utah?

    1. Oh my gosh . . . what a small world. I sent you an email :)

  2. I have some quinoa I picked up at Trader Joe's for a decent price. I've made it a couple ways and really liked it...I love the idea of doing a Southwest Quinoa Salad though! Sounds delicious!

    1. Sounds like I better make a special trip to Trader Joe's! Thanks!

  3. I'm so glad you discovered quinoa - we love it and I am always on the lookout for more quinoa recipes :)

  4. I am happy you found quinoa. You will find that you can use in many ways and it is a wonderful food. This salad looks delicious and it is something, I want to make.

  5. Your recipe sounds good! I've never had quinoa before.. =)
    Pinning to my Healthy Recipe board.

    Have a great weekend!