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.

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30 Comments
  • Sydney
    January 9, 2020

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

    • Abida
      March 3, 2022

      This Quinoa Salad with Black Beans and Corn us looking really delicious. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  • 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!

  • Sarah Stockley
    February 7, 2022

    This looks so good. I am trying to make good decisions and start eating more salads, so I would love to try this. I do love healthy food but have gotten lazy recently.

  • mosaic murals
    February 7, 2022

    This looks so so good! I love how fresh the salad is, I am doing it today for sure.

  • Risa Lopez
    February 7, 2022

    Wo, I love salads. This one is new to me. I will give it a try because it looks so good. Thanks for the recipe.

  • Jupiter Hadley
    February 9, 2022

    This salad looks so fresh and filling! Thank you for the recipe.

  • Heather
    March 3, 2022

    Yum! I’m eating healthier and quinoa is one of those things I never know what to do with. Can’t wait to try this!

  • Alice Mola
    March 3, 2022

    This sounds delicious! I agree a bit of feta and maybe a squeeze of lemon would add some creaminess and brightness to this dish. Seems like a wonderful salad staple for a weeknight dinner.

  • Beth
    March 3, 2022

    I LOVE recipes like this that allow me to continue to eat healthy and still enjoy a lot of flavors. I can’t wait to try this.

  • Alita
    March 3, 2022

    Wow, this is something new to me but I’d love to try it. It looks healthy and delicious

  • Christiana
    March 3, 2022

    Can I have some? This looks really yummy.

  • Rose Ann Sales
    March 3, 2022

    Oh my! This is such a really amazing recipe! It look so good! I know my family would love this so much!

  • Fransic verso
    March 3, 2022

    This looks so yummy. I’ve never tried it with salad but it would be interesting for me to try it. Thank you for sharing!

  • jen schreiner
    March 3, 2022

    This salad looks amazing. Quinoa is a favorite in our house. I love the colors and flavors you added in. Can’t wait to try

  • April
    March 3, 2022

    This dish looks so yummy. I’m definitely going to have to try this. I’m not much of a cook but I plan on trying more.

  • Rosey
    March 4, 2022

    This is a nice way to use the quinoa. Black beans are my favorite for a salad.

  • khoingn | The Broad Life
    March 5, 2022

    I’m not a fan of salad but I may try this. It looks good in your pics.

  • Ntensibe Edgar
    March 5, 2022

    Hhhhmmmm…I’d love to try out this salad! It’s a completely new one to me. Thanks for sharing your recipe.

  • Blair Villanueva
    March 6, 2022

    I remember the first time I tried the quinoa salad many years ago, and at the beginning, it taste quite odd. Until I got used to it, and enjoy the good benefits it gives to my body.
    Now, I am craving this!