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Quinoa one of my favorite salad ingredients. Nutty and chock full of protein, it’s marvelous in this lightly dressed Quinoa Black Bean Salad.

This flavorful salad makes a scrumptious lunch and is ideal for picnics and summer potlucks. I love adding fresh corn to the mix when it’s in season!

Quinoa Black Bean Salad with Lime Cumin Vinaigrette in a white ceramic bowl

Quinoa Black Bean Salad with Lime Cumin Vinaigrette

If I’m making a salad, I love to load it up with my favorite ingredients. This is a terrific quinoa based salad with lots of Tex-Mex influence. Black beans, grape tomatoes, avocados, cilantro, bell peppers are tossed with the quinoa and dressed with a flavorful lime vinaigrette.

What is Quinoa?

  • Categorized as an ancient grain, quinoa is actually not a grain but instead the seed of a plant related to spinach. Quinoa was first grown in the Andes region of South America.
  • Pronounced Keen-Wah, it’s the only food with a plant origin that contains all nine essential amino acids making it a protein packed pseudo-grain.
  • Unrinsed, quinoa has a bitter coating, but most quinoa in the markets have been processed to remove this. Read you label and rinse before using if directed.
  • PRO-Tip: Cook in well salted water or broth to get the best flavor. Use one part quinoa to 2 parts liquid, bring to a boil, cover and simmer for about 15 minutes or until all the liquid is absorbed. Fluff and it’s ready for salads and more!
  • Quinoa is naturally gluten free. It is a terrific substitute for rice, grains and small pastas in salads.

Quinoa Black Bean Salad with Lime Cumin Vinaigrette on a small white plate with a lime garnish

More Quinoa Recipes You’ll Love

I was introduced to quinoa about the time I started this blog in 2010. In fact it was Dorie Greenspan’s recipe that I tweaked into a Quinoa, Fruit and Nut Salad featuring dried cranberries, apricots and tart cherries along with pepitas, sunflower seeds and cashews.

This Peach Quinoa Caprese adds peaches for a touch of sweetness instead of only tomatoes and this Quinoa Tabouleh is a nice change of pace from the classic Middle Eastern version.

I love this nifty Instant Pot Quinoa recipe. It makes the process even quicker! Try this Mexican Quinoa Casserole, this Quinoa JambalayaΒ or this Patriotic Quinoa Fruit Salad. Quinoa is such a tasty, versatile ingredient!

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Quinoa Black Bean Salad with Lime Cumin Vinaigrette

Quinoa and Black Bean Salad

A healthy, delicious quinoa salad with Tex-Mex flavors

  • Author: Liz Berg
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x
  • Category: Salad, Side Dish
  • Method: Mixing
  • Cuisine: Tex-Mex


  • 1 1/2 cups quinoa (cooked in salted water according to package instructions)
  • 1 1/2 cups black beans (15 ounce can, rinsed)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 1/2 cups frozen corn, thawed or fresh sweet corn, steamed and cut off the cob
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 2 pickled jalapeΓ±os or 1 fresh jalapeno, minced
  • 12 avocados, cut into cubes
  • 1 package grape tomatoes, sliced lengthwise
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh cilantro


  • 5 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons cumin
  • 1/3 cup olive oil


  1. Cook quinoa using package instructions. Drain and place in large bowl to cool.
  2. Combine beans with vinegar and salt and pepper to taste. Add to quinoa along with corn, peppers, avocados, tomatoes and cilantro. Gently toss.
  3. Make dressing by combining lime juice, salt and cumin. Whisk in oil. Drizzle over salad. Toss to combine. Serve at room temperature.


Recipe adapted from Gourmet

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64 comments on “Quinoa Black Bean Salad with Lime Cumin Vinaigrette”

  1. This fabulous salad looks so delicious…I just recently discovered quinoa and I really enjoy it….and I love black beans.
    Cute lil’ cherry tomato all by itself on the side. Is that for Lambeau? My Teesha would have gobbled it up.
    Thanks for sharing your recipe and pics πŸ™‚

  2. This is great! Actually one of my favorites. I have made it before numerous times for my lunch at work. It is so great and amazing how filling it is with just a little bit.

  3. I love quinoa is so versatil and lobe this recipe dear!!
    Happy Easter dear Lizzy!

  4. uhmm once i tried quinoa and tasted awful, maybe i don’t now how to use it! this salad look good.

  5. I love quinoa! Looks great in this salad. COngrats on the award Liz. I hope you have a wonerful Easter! I am sure you will be cooking lots for your boys

  6. I’ve got this box of quinoa in the pantry itching to have something good done with it. I think I’ve found it! Thanks for testing this. Looks wonderful, Liz.

  7. I have never used quinoa into my cooking before, so I need to find out where to get them first.

    I am all in for salads and being vegetarian, its a perfect dish for me. Once I get the quinoa, am going to make it to be enjoyed into.

  8. I really do need to try quinoa because so many dishes, like this one, look fantastic. I’ve always thought that I wouldn’t like it much because of the texture, but who knows. With the right stuff mixed in with it, it could be delicious, right?

  9. I’m such a big fan of quinoa. It’s such a healthy addition to any meal. This recipe is on my list of must makes.

  10. Quinoa and black beans? this is right up my alleyway πŸ™‚

  11. It’s as delicious as healthy!! Good job, dear =)

  12. Great recipe! Thank you for the find intro and I am so excited to introduce more of my readers to you. πŸ™‚

  13. A pretty dish for EASTER tables… lovely!

  14. I love this salad! I have my own version of it too, so addictive! (in a good way :)). Happy Easter!! Miriam@Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters

  15. I love quinoa salads, Liz. This is right up my alley!

  16. Congratulations for the awards! Butter is a very good fat. I totally agree!
    The salad is beautiful and quite original. I have never cooked with quinoa, so thank you for sharing this recipe.

  17. I could eat Quinoa till the cows come home!!! This recipe looks delicious.

  18. It’s rich, flavorful, and i will definitely have a smile on my face after I eat it.

  19. I love how healthy this is! Perfect for a hot summers night! Now if only summer would arrive in the Northwest!Have a great weekend!

  20. This is a great healthy, light warm weather meal! I love how colorful it is. I’m a big fan of kimberly’s blog, heading over now! πŸ™‚

  21. She asked YOU to make something healthy? πŸ™‚ Just kidding. I love this kind of food and make a variation of this salad with bulgar wheat. I also suspect you actually eat this way, too, which is how you stay skinny πŸ™‚

  22. Two of my favorite ingredients! Happy birthday!

  23. I’ve still never tried Quinoa. It’s sad but true. This looks so delicious. Maybe the first time I try it, it will have to be with this gorgeous salad πŸ™‚

  24. Beautiful! πŸ™‚ I really need to experiment with quinoa – but I love the flavors in this. Looks like it would be very filling, too!

  25. This salad looks wonderful–I adore quinoa and it’s good to see it featured with spring vegetables.

  26. Delicious salad – I love quinoa – cumin is a great addition!
    Mary x

  27. I love quinoa salad! I make it all the time, I’ll have to add this to the normal rotation πŸ™‚

  28. this salad looks lovely! and i love that you put cumin in it, one of my fav spices!

  29. I have been using lots of quinoa lately. Love the spice in this recipe.

  30. Butter is healthy for me,because I use them so often πŸ™‚ LOL,,,Btw great healthy salad recipe,I just love everything in it !!

  31. I know I would enjoy this. I love southwestern food and just the idea of infusing those flavors in quinoa does intrigue.
    Your did looks very inviting with all those fresh cherry tomatoes in there-yum!

  32. Hi Lizzy! I’ve never cooked quinoa before and have seen so many qunioa recipes. I’m procrastinating big time… I love this beautiful salad though. It looks great for spring/summer salad.

  33. Your salad looks terrific! I’m looking forward to checking out your guest blog.

  34. Wow – that is just beyond awesome!

  35. Oh, I just love quinoa…so easy and healthy! Your dish looks very tasty, Liz..I’m pinning. πŸ™‚

  36. Quinoa is a favorite and this salad looks amazing. Your photos are great, too. I have everything I need for this except I think I’m out of black beans…easily remedied.

  37. It’s gonna be nice for you to slow down a bit with your posting…you will be able to enjoy some “free” time for yourself.
    Love your quinoa salad, so light, and delicious. Lora often makes quinoa salad, and I enjoy it too!
    Happy Easter to you and your beautiful family, Lizzy!

  38. I have never cooked with quinoa. This looks like one tasty salad, I guess it’s time I branch out.

  39. I heart quinoa. i just had it for lunch today. This looks tasty!

  40. Yes indeed a bit of balance is needed around here. This may be my dinner all of next week.

  41. Yum! Looks like a tasty tomato & quinoa salad. Congrats on the award!

  42. This looks delicious Liz! I’ve been trying to eat more quinoa too, I know its so good for you. I think I’m going to give this a try tonight! These are all of my favorite flavors (except for the jalapeΓ±os, I can’t do lots of spice, my stomachs not a big fan πŸ™‚ I love how quick this is, yumm! Let you know how it goes!

  43. Another great quinoa recipe that would certainly satisfy this glutton. πŸ™‚

  44. Lizzy this looks amazing and healthy! I have guest posted for Badger girl and I felt like I better bring my healthy A-game! LOL! This certainly goes beyond that.. well done!! Now go bake some cookies because you know we have to balance it all out! πŸ™‚

  45. This sale looks so so good…
    I have been using quinoa a lot more these days, this will be sure on my make list…

  46. Quinoa is yummy! This recipe looks absolutely fab. Bookmarked!

  47. quinoa looks fabulous and colourful

  48. As a vegan, quinoa is my super food. This would be lovely for me to bring to a summer BBQ – I love introducing other people to this wonderful food πŸ™‚

  49. This recipe sounds wonderful Liz! I love quinoa, and your salad is so packed full of nutrition!

  50. Happy Easter Liz!

    Love the combination of quinoa and black bean. Sounds healthy and delicious. Just perfect.

  51. Happy Easter Liz!

    Love the combination of quinoa and black bean. Sounds healthy and delicious. Just perfect.

  52. Yum I’m always on the look out for a quinoa recipe! Looks great πŸ™‚

  53. I adore quinoa, in fact I just prepared some for Easter yesterday πŸ™‚
    This really looks delicious, and congrats on your awards πŸ™‚
    Will go check out your guest post πŸ™‚

  54. This salad sounds great. I have a quinoa black bean salad I often make that is somewhat similar. I like your use of jalepenos.

  55. Such a delicious and healthy salad.

  56. Lizzy, I’m so behind in reading I just now got to this post – and it looks very appetizing. Which I think is hard to achieve with quinoa despite how versatile of an ingredient quinoa is… And I don’t blame you at all for trying to reduce the number of blog-posting days. Sometimes it really does feel like a marathon πŸ˜‰

    OK, off to check out the Badger Girl and other blogs mentioned here…

  57. I added extra bell pepper and left out the pickled jalapeΓ±os. It was great! Thanks for sharing!

  58. I have never had quinoa but I have a bag of it unopened waiting to be used. πŸ˜€ This salad looks beautiful.

  59. Honestly, I’ve yet to try Quinoa altho I’ve heard a lot about it. Cool recipe! xoxo

  60. That is a pretty bowl of salad! Just the other day, I was staring at a packet of quinoa at the store wondering if I should get it. I guess this post has made the decision for me. I’ve tried quinoa and I like it, so I am going back to the store!

  61. This salad looks delicious – so colorful and healthy!

  62. Liz, glad you posted this again. I missed it before, and it’s just too good to miss! Making it today. Pinning and tweeting.

  63. Such a perfect summer salad – colorful and delicious!

  64. Love these make ahead easy peasy salads. A tex mex flavor explosion with delicious nutty quinoa. Love it! How are the renovations coming along? Take care

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