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Southwest Quinoa Salad

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Southwest Quinoa Salad. Do you love Southwest flavors? Well here is a delicious Southwest Quinoa Salad for you to try!  BBQ sauce, corn, black beans, tomatoes, and avocado give this quinoa salad its Southwest flavors everyone adores.  This vegetarian version is a delicious, fresh-tasting salad loaded with your favorite Southwest flavors!  It’s a perfect salad to bring to a summer barbecue or a picnic.

Southwest Quinoa Salad…

This Southwest quinoa salad is not only loaded with protein, it’s packed with wonderful nutrients including vitamins A, and C, along with calcium and iron.

We found out that May is National Salad Month! What a perfect month to celebrate with a delicious and healthy salad!

We love making salads this time of year and especially ones that are truly loaded with veggies. And this one is a keeper.

 
 

How to Make Southwest Quinoa Salad?

I was given a can of petite diced tomatoes the other day and decided to try them in this salad.  These tomatoes are sweet-tasting already diced for you, and add the fresh salsa flavor to this quinoa salad.

Plus, some barbecue sauce was added to this salad. With its sweet and hickory smoke flavors, I didn’t need to add any salt or pepper to it.  But by all means, you can if desired.

Once the quinoa has been cooked, the rest of the ingredients are easily added and mixed into a large bowl, then chilled to marinate before serving.

Simple. Easy. …and Delicious!

Just before this salad was served, a touch of fresh lemon juice is added.  It was the perfect finishing touch to make this recipe flavorful and fresh tasting.

 
 

Reasons to LOVE this Southwest Quinoa Salad…

  • Like all quinoa salads, this one is incredibly simple to make and can be made up to one day ahead. 
  • Super easy to make. It actually took me less than 20 minutes. Then chill.  
  • It makes enough to feed a crowd.
  • Loaded with vitamins, iron, protein, and calcium.
  • A ton of flavors with delicious textures.

 

 

*Full recipe card below! 

Ingredients Needed for Southwest Quinoa Salad…

For this recipe, you will need the following ingredients:

  • 1 cup quinoa

  • 2 cups of vegetable broth (or chicken broth)

  • 1 (28-ounce) can RedPack petite diced tomatoes, drained

  • 1 cup of frozen corn

  • 1 (15-ounce) can of black beans, rinsed and drained

  • 3 Tbsp. barbeque sauce of your choice (I used Kansas City Masterpiece)

  • 1 avocado – chopped

  • 3 green onions – chopped

  • 2 Tbsp. chopped cilantro

  • salt and fresh cracked pepper to taste

  • Optional: 2 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice

Directions:

1. Cook the quinoa with vegetable broth, follow the directions on the box, then set the quinoa aside to cool for 5 minutes.

2. In a large mixing bowl, combine corn, black beans, tomatoes, green onions, and cooked quinoa.  Stir in barbecue sauce and 1/2 the chopped avocado.  Add salt and fresh cracked pepper, to taste.

3. Transfer to a serving bowl or platter. Top with cilantro and the remaining chopped avocado. 

4. Cover with clear wrap and chill for 1 hour or more before serving.
Optional: Stir in fresh lemon juice just before you serve it.

Yields: 6 to 8 servings

Need Additional Protein?

Try adding some shredded or diced cooked pork or chicken to this salad, about 2 cups.   It’s also a great way to use leftover chicken or pork from the night before.

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Enjoy!

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Southwest Quinoa Salad by 2sistersrecipes.com

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Yield: 6 to 8 servings

Southwest Quinoa Salad

Southwest Quinoa Salad

Southwest Quinoa Salad ! This vegetarian version is a healthy and gluten-free salad that is fresh tasting and loaded with your favorite Southwest flavors! It's a perfect salad to bring to a summer barbecue or a picnic.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup quinoa - uncooked
  • 2 cups of vegetable broth (or chicken broth)
  • 1 (28-ounce) can RedPack petite diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1 cup of frozen corn
  • 1 (15-ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 3 Tbsp. barbeque sauce of your choice (I used Kansas City Masterpiece)
  • 1 avocado - chopped
  • 3 green onions - chopped
  • 2 Tbsp. chopped cilantro
  • salt and fresh cracked pepper to taste
  • Optional: 2 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice

Instructions

  1. Cook the quinoa with vegetable broth, follow the directions on the box, then set the quinoa aside to cool for 5 minutes.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine corn, black beans, tomatoes, green onions, and cooked quinoa. Stir in barbecue sauce and 1/2 the chopped avocado. Add salt and fresh cracked pepper, to taste.
  3. Transfer to a serving bowl or platter. Top with cilantro and the remaining chopped avocado. Cover with clear wrap and chill for 1 hour or more before serving.
  4. Optional: Stir in fresh lemon juice just before you serve it.
  5. Yields: 6 to 8 servings

Notes

Calcium: 30mg, Iron: 2mg, Potassium: 597mg

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6 to 8 servings

Serving Size:

1 serving

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 264Total Fat: 5.4gCarbohydrates: 48.6gFiber: 4.9gSugar: 24.1gProtein: 6.2g

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xo anna and liz

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12 Comments

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    Roz Corieri Paige
    May 30, 2015 at 4:55 pm

    Such a flavor-packed salad! I'm pinning this to my quinoa board for a new recipe idea! Thanks Liz and Anna!

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    SavoringTime in the Kitchen
    May 15, 2015 at 9:31 pm

    I am so glad that quinoa has become so well known and used today! I love it and know I would love this salad too with all of those SW flavors. So pretty too!

    • Reply
      annaliz
      May 18, 2015 at 8:56 pm

      We are glad too Sue and the flavors make this quinoa so much more enjoyable. Thanks for stopping by!

  • Reply
    Joanne
    May 15, 2015 at 11:29 am

    LOVE these flavors!! This sounds incredibly tasty.

    • Reply
      annaliz
      May 18, 2015 at 8:55 pm

      It is Joanne, you have to try it and let us know what you think!

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    [email protected] is How I Cook
    May 15, 2015 at 4:53 am

    What a great recipe. I love the BBQ sauce in it!

    • Reply
      annaliz
      May 18, 2015 at 8:54 pm

      So do we! So cool that it's made with quinoa – we hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

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    Sue/the view from great island
    May 13, 2015 at 6:43 pm

    This reminds me of my favorite Chipotle bowls, only healthier, love it!

    • Reply
      annaliz
      May 14, 2015 at 1:35 am

      Thanks Sue and I bet your chipotle bowls are delicious too!

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    annaliz
    May 13, 2015 at 1:05 am

    Thank you Tricia! The salad is so incredibly light and tasty – we enjoyed eating it for days.

  • Reply
    Tricia Buice
    May 12, 2015 at 11:45 pm

    I bet that BBQ sauce really holds on to the quinoa – what a great combination and this is a beautiful salad. Glad you had a good mother's day 🙂

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