Quinoa Salad with Black Beans and Corn

I like creating a variety of different salads, and I often mix quinoa with a variety of veggies. I change it up with my mood and whatever I might have on hand in the pantry!

~ 1 cup quinoa – prepare according to directions and allow to cool

~ 15 oz. can black beans, rinsed and drained

~ 1 cup corn

~ 1/2 cup cilantro, chopped

~ lime juice, to taste

~ 1 tsp hot chili sauce

~ salt to taste

~ You can also add tomatoes (I usually use grape tomatoes, halved), or 1 sweet red pepper, diced

Start by cooking your quinoa according to the directions. There are different kinds out there, from white to red to tricolor, and it doesn’t matter which you choose. I usually rinse the quinoa, and pan fry it in a little oil before cooking.

I also like to add a dash of salt in the pot when the quinoa is cooking. Once the quinoa is finished cooking, I allow it to cool while I prepare the other ingredients.

Next, prepare your add-ins. I love this roasted corn from Trader Joe’s!

Once you have your ingredients prepped, you can start assembling your salad. I have made this salad so many times, that I really just eyeball the amounts, instead of measuring them out, and add seasonings to taste. You can always change up the ingredients, especially if there are components you prefer or don’t prefer, or someone has a food intolerance, etc.

Mix your ingredients and season as desired. If I don’t have all the seasonings on hand, salt and oil usually work just fine. You can always top this with cheese, like a sprinkling of Feta.

This is so easy to prepare and so versatile. Great way to use up veggies and makes for a nice side dish.

What do you think?

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12 Comments
  • Sydney
    January 9, 2020

    This looks so yummy!!! I’m not vegetarian so I’m imagining it with some grilled chicken!!

  • Ala
    January 9, 2020

    Yummy yummy, it looks super delicious. I just thought I have all the ingredients to make this receipe today in the evening

  • Leah
    January 9, 2020

    This looks delicious. I never thought about pan frying the quinoa before cooking it. I’m not sure why because I do this with rice all the time. Thanks so much for the tip. I’m excited to make this.

  • This looks really good although I am not a huge fan of Quino

  • Maria Yakimchuk
    January 9, 2020

    This is so delicious. I have made almost identical salads in the past and loved it. Quinoa is the best. I also prefer the red one or the mix of red and while. I find the white too plain for a salad but great for some milder dishes and for toddlers.

  • Flossie McCowald
    January 10, 2020

    Mmm this looks incredible! I make a salad very similar to this but without the quinoa – LOVE quinoa, though, and love the great idea of combining it with these other yummy ingredients!

  • Sarah
    January 10, 2020

    This looks delicious I don’t think I’ve ever had quinoa.

  • Cyndi Buchanan
    January 10, 2020

    This looks delicious and so healthy. My goal is to eat healthier this year.

  • Sonia Seivwright
    January 10, 2020

    I just love how we can be creative with salads. This looks great.

  • Rikki Ridgeway
    January 11, 2020

    I think I know the perfect person for this recipe, I’m going to send it to them.

  • Britt
    January 14, 2020

    We make a salad quite similar to this one all the time and not only do we love it, but I get so many compliments!
    Gotta love a recipe that’s easy AND tastes good!

  • Donna
    January 16, 2020

    This looks delicious! It’s been a while since I’ve had quinoa. Now I really want to cook some!