Southwest Quinoa Salad

Southwest Quinoa Salad

Healthy and flavorful Southwest Quinoa Salad with a zesty lime-cilantro dressing. This cold salad is great for meal prep, lunchbox, or dinner.

I love to use Quinoa as a base for salads because it is hearty and also soaks up the flavors of the dressing pretty well.  Feel free to swap quinoa with lettuce, if you are out of Quinoa or just want a light salad. It is quite refreshing.

Southwest Quinoa Salad

I make a batch of quinoa over the weekend and use it up over the week for making quick veggie-loaded salads. In this southwest quinoa salad recipe, I used bell pepper, black beans, corn, tomatoes, red onions, & cilantro. The dressing is pretty simple – Cilantro, Oil, Jalapeño, lime, and spices. Throw all of it in a blender and blend until smooth, pour the dressing over the salad and toss. Finally, I added chopped avocados. To make this salad extra flavorful, use guacamole instead of chopped avocados. It is pure bliss!

This recipe is easily customizable. Make this kid-friendly by adding a portion of cooked pasta in place of quinoa and skip chilli from the dressing.

Southwest Quinoa Salad 1

How to make Southwest Quinoa Salad?

Ingredients that you will need to make this –

  • Quinoa
  • bell pepper
  • red onion
  • tomatoes
  • corn
  • black beans
  • cilantro
  • avocado
  • olive oil
  • & jalapeno
  • Spices: cumin powder, garlic powder, salt & pepper, cayenne, chilli powder.

Few tips:

  • Go generous with cilantro
  • If you like the dressing creamier, toss 1/4 avocado in the blender along with other ingredients while making prepping the dressing.
  • Adjust the spices per your taste.

Making salad is pretty straightforward.

Cook Quinoa – Cook as per the instruction given in the packet for the stovetop. If you are using an instant pot, pressure cook Quinoa for 1 minute, and then let the pressure release naturally. Open the lid, allow it to cool down and then fluff.

Southwest Quinoa Salad 2

Make the dressing: Toss all the ingredients for dressing in a blender and blend until smooth. To make this dressing spicer, add a tsp of chilli sauce. Jalapeno sauce is my favourite.

Combine: In a bowl, add veggies, canned beans & quinoa. Pour the dressing and toss. Adjust the spices if need.

Southwest Quinoa Salad 3

Serve: Add chopped avocado just before serving.

Southwest Quinoa Salad 4

I hope you like the recipe. It is –

  • Hearty
  • Flavorful
  • Zesty
  • & very delicious

You may also like –

Your valuable feedback is appreciated. If you try this recipe, leave a comment below, rate it, or tag a photo #eateriesdelightful on Instagram 🙂

Southwest Quinoa Salad

Light and refreshing Quinoa Salad with Zesty Lime Cilantro dressing
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time20 mins
Keyword: Southwest Quinoa Salad
Servings: 2
Author: Eateries Delightful


  • cup uncooked quinoa
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup corn
  • 1/3 cup onion
  • 1/3 cup pepper
  • 1/2 cup black beans
  • 1 roma tomato
  • Handful of cilantro
  • 1 avocado chopped


  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp key lime juice
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp garlic
  • 1/2 tsp chilli powder
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne
  • Salt to taste
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 3/4 cup cilantro
  • 1 Jalapeno


  • * Cook Quinoa per packet instruction. I cook using instant pot. Add 1.25 cups of water to washed and rinsed quinoa, and pressure cook for 1 minute in IP. Let the pressure release naturally.
  • While the quinoa cooks, prepare the cilantro lime dressing. Blend cilantro, lime juice, jalapeño (deseed if necessary)and spices to a smooth paste.
  • Transfer the cooked quinoa to a large bowl and stir in the corn, black beans, bell pepper, red onions, tomatoes, and cilantro. Add the dressing and stir gently to combine. Taste and adjust seasonings as necessary.
  • Add sliced or chopped avocado or guacamole just before serving.


This salad is intended to be served cold, can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. 

Did you make this recipe?

Please let me know how it turned out for you. Leave a comment below or share a picture on Instagram with the hashtag #eateriesdelightful

Happy cooking!

Get new recipes delivered directly to your inbox

Southwest Quinoa Salad 5

How useful was this post?

Click on a star to rate it!

Average rating 5 / 5. Vote count: 2

No votes so far! Be the first to rate this post.

As you found this post useful...

Follow us on social media!

We are sorry that this post was not useful for you!

Let us improve this post!

Tell us how we can improve this post?

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.