Gluten-Free Southwestern Quinoa Salad
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Southwest Quinoa Salad {Gluten-Free}

A healthy southwest salad bursting with flavors from the tri-colored quinoa,  avocados, black beans, corn, grape tomatoes, mozzarella cheese and a cilantro honey lime dressing.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword Southwestern Quinoa Salad
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 8 people
Calories 274kcal
Author Audrey from Mama Knows Gluten Free


  • 1 cup quinoa I like I Heart Keenwah tri-colored
  • 1 avocado ripe, but firm and diced
  • 1 cup canned black beans , drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup  canned corn , drained
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes quartered
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese (I used cheese sticks) ,dairy-free leave out
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon cumin


Salad Dressing:

  • Chop the bunch of cilantro. I removed all stems and used my small food chopper.
  • In a small bowl add the olive oil, honey, lime juice, cumin, and salt. Stir to fully combine.
  • Add chopped cilantro to the salad dressing and stir.


  • Cook 1 cup of quinoa according to the package directions. Allow to cool.
  • Dice the avocado and quarter the grape tomatoes.
  • Drain the can of corn and the can of black beans. Rinse the black beans.
  • Slice mozzarella cheese.
  • Combine all ingredients in a large bowl.
  • Pour the cilantro honey lime dressing over the salad and stir to fully coat the salad.
  • You can serve immediately or refrigerate for later.
  • Enjoy!


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Serving: 1serving | Calories: 274kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 11mg | Sodium: 175mg | Potassium: 417mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 365IU | Vitamin C: 7.3mg | Calcium: 100mg | Iron: 2.3mg
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