Black Bean Quinoa Salad

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Black Bean Quinoa Salad is an easy fresh salad that can be enjoyed as a meal or a side!

Deliciously simple, full of fresh veggies and loaded with flavor, this is the perfect easy lunch or dinner.

We sometimes add in grilled chicken or even leftover taco meat if we have it (and top it with a dollop of sour cream and salsa).
This is one of the best salads I've ever had! Black Bean Quinoa Salad features all of our favorite veggies in a zesty lime dressing!
I’ve been serving Cowboy Caviar at parties pretty much forever.

Cowboy Caviar is one dish everyone raves about and it’s pretty healthy (if you don’t count the tortilla chips because it’s all about balance over here).

I know how well loved my Cowboy Caviar recipe is and I really wanted to find a way to turn it into a complete meal (because really, I just want to eat it with a spoon).

With just a few simple tweaks to the dressing and and the addition of quinoa, this Black Bean Quinoa Salad was born!

The best part is that it’s SO easy to make!

A simple combination of fresh vegetables, black beans, corn and quinoa in a zesty lime dressing makes this the perfect weekday meal!

This quinoa was the first thing gone at our potluck! Black Bean Quinoa Salad features all of our favorite veggies in a zesty lime dressing!

If you’ve never made quinoa before, it’s easy to make (you can find out how to cook perfect quinoa here).

It’s similar to rice but I find it cooks up a bit quicker.

Quinoa is so versatile! It can be served warm or cold, served by itself or incorporated into a dish in place of rice.

This salad could not be easier to make, you’ll definitely LOVE this amazing Southwestern inspired Black Bean Quinoa Salad.

Crisp veggies, beans, and avocado tossed with a light and zingy lime dressing and protein rich quinoa.

This a complete meal in a single bowl and it can be prepped ahead of time & enjoyed for days making it the perfect lunch recipe!

Quinoa salad is the perfect thing to take for lunches! Black Bean Quinoa Salad features all of our favorite veggies in a zesty lime dressing!

Quinoa is a superfood for its amazing health benefits and while we generally think of this seed as a grain, it’s the perfect healthy carb to incorporate into our diet!

Adding quinoa to your menu is a great way to add extra protein in your meals (making it the perfect meatless Monday choice).

While I add my favorite Mexican inspired veggies, you can swap up this Black Bean Quinoa salad by adding in your favorites (or whatever you have in the fridge).

If you happen to have leftover tacos & fixings or leftover fajita fillings, they all make great additions.  I’ve also subbed chickpeas for black beans in this easy salad since I love Chickpea Salad so much!

This quinoa salad recipe is created with a quick and easy homemade lime dressing.  You can most certainly use your favorite store bought dressing (red wine vinegar dressing is a good choice).

Everyone has asked me for a copy of this recipe! Loaded with fresh flavors, this Black Bean Quinoa Salad features all of our favorite veggies in a zesty lime dressing!

This quinoa salad dressing was tested countless times. A few tips to make sure it turns out delicious:

  • DO NOT USE Extra Virgin Olive Oil.  The bitter flavor (which I normally welcome in most dishes), does not blend well in this recipe.
  • The dressing is intended to be light and fresh in this recipe, if you prefer a heavily dressed salad, you may like to add more dressing.
  • Use fresh lime juice.  A fresh lime costs about $0.50 and is worth it’s weight in gold flavor wise.  (Taste the two side by side and I promise you’ll never buy bottled lime juice again).
  • The salad will soak in the dressing as it sits so you may need to add more or less depending on time.
  • Cook your quinoa in broth (instead of water) for extra flavor.

I most often serve this black bean quinoa salad as lunch or a side however it makes a great meatless main. If you happen to have leftover taco meat or grilled chicken, they are perfect added to this recipe!

5 from 2 votes
Review Recipe

Black Bean Quinoa Salad

Prep Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Author Holly
Course Dinner, Lunch, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Deliciously simple, full of fresh veggies all tossed in a zesty lime dressing, this is the perfect easy lunch or dinner.


  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 2 cups water or broth
  • 2 roma tomatoes diced
  • 1 ripe avocado diced
  • 1-15 oz can black beans rinsed and drained
  • 1-12 oz can corn drained
  • 1 bell pepper diced
  • 1/4 cup green onion diced
  • 1 jalapeno pepper seeded and diced
  • 1/3 cup cilantro chopped
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

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  1. Cook quinoa according to package directions and allow to cool.
  2. Combine quinoa, tomatoes, avocado, black beans, corn, bell pepper, green onion, jalapeno and cilantro in a large bowl.
  3. In a small bowl, combine all dressing ingredients and mix well. Pour over vegetables and toss to coat. Add quinoa and combine.
  4. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
Nutrition Information
Calories: 206, Fat: 11g, Saturated Fat: 6g, Sodium: 65mg, Potassium: 333mg, Carbohydrates: 22g, Fiber: 4g, Sugar: 4g, Protein: 4g, Vitamin A: 14.5%, Vitamin C: 33.1%, Calcium: 1.9%, Iron: 8.3%

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

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  1. This looks delicious! I’d love to make this for lunches during the week! My only concern is how long it will last with the avocado. Does the lime dressing prevent it from browning or would you suggest adding in freshly chopped avocado each day? Thanks!

  2. The thing I love about this salad type is that we can always take advantage of leftovers flexible but it’s still super healthy and juicy!

  3. I made this delicious salad.  It was very tasty and I enjoyed it.  I was wondering how many fats are in this recipe.  I am working with the YMCA on a Diabetes Prevention Program and we count fats, not calories.  It’s working!  I would like to share this with our group.  Thanks!

  4. This is right up my alley! Although I could still totally eat your cowboy caviar with a spoon and without the quinoa and be happy too :) And I totally agree about *extra virgin* olive oil having the wrong flavor profile for a dressing like this!