Southwestern Quinoa Salad

Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 10 mins

A bit spicy and packed with protein. Sometimes I add grilled chicken to make it a meal.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Cook quinoa according to package directions.
  2. Spread on a baking sheet to cool.
  3. Mix cooled quinoa with vegetables and beans.
  4. Blend dressing ingredients in blender until smooth.
  5. Mix dressing with quinoa.
  6. Chill and serve.
Most Helpful

4 5

Really yummy, but do agree with another reviewer who thought it was a little dry and needed a little tweaking. I also added some additional salt, pepper, olive oil and a little sugar. I also used chipotle pepper powder as I didn't have canned. Yum! Thanks Melissa for a great recipe!

5 5

I also chopped the onions and added some grated garlic and olive oil to the dressing. I omited the corn as I do not like it and added some chopped red bell pepper. I used grape tomatoes cut in half. I also toasted the quinoa after rinsing it. Nice nutty flvor.

4 5

I am always looking for new ways to fix quinoa, so I was glad to come upon this recipe. I initially made it as written except that I increased the tomato to 1/2 cup, and chopped the onion instead of leaving it in slices. After letting the salad chill, it had a good basic flavor but I felt that it needed some tweaking. I added a little olive oil as it seemed a little dry. Also, I added some additional salt, some black pepper, and a little sugar. The end result was a salad I will definitely make again. We really loved the zinginess that the chipotle pepper added. Thank you for sharing this great salad. Made for My-3-Chefs.