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5 from 3 votes

Southwest Quinoa Salad

Southwest Quinoa Salad is an easy quinoa salad recipe made with black beans, avocado, cherry tomatoes, cilantro and a simple olive oil based dressing.  
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Main Course, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Mexican
Servings: 6
Calories: 341kcal
Author: Lauren Allen


  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 2 cups vegetable broth , chicken broth, or water
  • 15 ounce can black beans , drained and rinsed
  • 1 1/2 cups cherry tomatoes , halved
  • 5 green onions , chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro , chopped
  • 1-2 avocados , chopped
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper , to taste

For the dressing:

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • juice of 2 fresh limes
  • 3/4 teaspoon cumin
  • pinch of red pepper flakes


  • Cook quinoa and vegetable broth according to package directions. Once cooked, let cool for 10-15 minutes.
  • Transfer quinoa to a large bowl and fluff with a fork. Add to the bowl black beans, tomatoes, green onions, cilantro and avocado.
  • In another bowl whisk together the dressing ingredients: olive oil, lime juice, cumin, and red pepper flakes.
  • Pour dressing over salad and stir gently to combine. Serve or refrigerate for later.


Calories: 341kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 15mg | Potassium: 682mg | Fiber: 10g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 375IU | Vitamin C: 13.9mg | Calcium: 53mg | Iron: 3.6mg