Southwest Quinoa Salad

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Course Salad
Servings 8 servings
Calories 201 kcal


  • 1 cup quinoa rinsed if not prewashed
  • 2 cups low sodium vegetable stock
  • 1 15- ounce can low sodium black beans drained and rinsed
  • 1 jalapeno minced
  • 1 green red or yellow bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 cup thinly sliced red onion
  • 1 pint grape tomatoes halved
  • 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro plus more for garnish
  • ¼ cup Cumin lime vinaigrette See recipe below
  • 1 avocado cut into cubes

Cumin Lime Vinaigrette

  • 1/4 cup fresh squeezed lime juice about 2 limes
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 clove garlic pressed
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • Cook the quinoa according to package directions, substituting stock for water. After fluffing with a fork, set aside to cool.
  • Combine the quinoa, beans, jalapeno, bell pepper, onion, tomato and cilantro in a large bowl. Drizzle salad with the Cumin lime vinaigrette and toss to combine.
  • Divide the quinoa between serving bowls and top with the avocado and a few cilantro leaves. Serve at room temperature or chilled.

Cumin Lime Vinaigrette

  • Whisk together the lime juice, vinegar, garlic, honey and cumin in a medium bowl. S
  • Slowly whisk in the olive oil, season with salt and pepper. Store refrigerated in a glass jar.


Cumin Lime Vinaigrette Nutrition Profile:
Yield: 1 cup
Analysis per serving. 1 tablespoon serving
Calories (kcal) 66
Protein (g) 0
Carbohydrates (g) 1
Total Dietary Fiber (g) 0
Total Sugars (g) 1
Added Sugar (g) 1
Fat (g) 7
Saturated Fat (g) 1
Cholesterol (mg) 0
Calcium (mg) 2
Magnesium (mg) 0
Phosphorus (mg) 1
Potassium (mg) 7 low potassium
Sodium (mg) 1 low sodium
Lowest Potassium Nutrition Profile:
Yield: 8 servings
Analysis per serving. 1 cup serving
Calories (kcal) 146
Protein (g) 5
Carbohydrates (g) 21
Total Dietary Fiber (g) 4
Total Sugars (g) 3
Added Sugar (g) 2
Fat (g) 5
Saturated Fat (g) 1
Cholesterol (mg) 0
Calcium (mg) 30
Magnesium (mg) 53
Phosphorus (mg) 130
Potassium (mg) 248
Sodium (mg) 65 low sodium


Serving: 8gCalories: 201kcalCarbohydrates: 28gProtein: 7gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 98mgPotassium: 484mgSugar: 3gCalcium: 39mgMagnesium: 66mgPhosphorus: 162mg
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