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A white wood salad bowl with black bean and quinoa salad, lime, and cilantro.

Southwestern Black Bean Quinoa Salad

Tamara Andersen
A simple, hearty vegetarian main dish or side with vibrant Mexican flavors perfect for the dog days of summer!
4.50 from 2 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Salads
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 4 servings
Calories 519 kcal


Black Bean and Quinoa Salad

  • 1 cup quinoa rinsed thoroughly (see post for more)
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 ¾ cup water or broth see post for more
  • 1 can black beans rinsed and drained (see post for more)
  • ½ cup Hatch green chile chopped (see post for more)
  • 1 bell pepper chopped
  • 2 ounces queso fresco diced (see post for more)
  • 1 cup corn kernels see post for more


  • cup olive oil
  • juice of 1 medium orange 2-3 tablespoons
  • 2 tablespoons sherry vinegar red or white wine, champagne
  • 1 shallot
  • ¼ teaspoon ancho or chipotle chile powder
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • several grinds pepper


  • Thoroughly rinse the quinoa. Add the rinsed quinoa to a saucepan over medium-high heat. Toast the quinoa over medium high heat  in a dry pan for about 2 minutes.
  • Add liquid (water, broth, or stock), salt, and quinoa to the saucepan. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to a simmer, and cook quinoa until liquid is absorbed - about 10-20 minutes. When liquid is absorbed, remove from heat. Keep it covered, and allow the quinoa to steam for about 5 minutes. Fluff with a fork, and allow to cool.
  • Add all dressing ingredients to a food processor or blender. Pulse until smooth.
  • Rinse and drain the black beans, chop the green chile and bell pepper, cube the queso fresco, prepare the corn.
  • Add the prepared quinoa, veggies, and cheese to a salad bowl. Pour the dressing over top, then toss thoroughly to combine. Garnish with fresh lime and cilantro as desired. Enjoy!


Calories: 519kcalCarbohydrates: 61gProtein: 16gFat: 24g
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