Tex Mex Quinoa Salad with Lime Vinaigrette

Tex Mex Quinoa Salad with Lime Vinaigrette

Let’s talk about quinoa today. I love it and probably don’t share nearly enough recipes with it on my blog. The thing is, whenever I eat too much of something, I get really sick of it and then don’t make it for a while which I think is what has happened with me and quinoa. Don’t worry, we are working on getting our relationship back to what it was. Quinoa is such a versatile ingredient. It’s a great sub for rice, but I have also used it in baking, and it’s even better in a salad! You guys already know how much I love all things Mexican, tex-mex, southwestern (whatever you want to call it!)! I have been really obsessed with black beans lately. I just can’t get enough of them and I want to put them in everything!

This tex-mex quinoa salad is perfectly light, but it still going to fill you up. I tossed in some of my favorite ingredients to add more texture, flavor, and color and then topped it off with a lime vinaigrette dressing. This quinoa salad would be great to eat as a side dish at a summer party, but it also works well just on its own for lunches!

Tex Mex Quinoa Salad with Lime Vinaigrette

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Tex Mex Quinoa Salad with Lime Vinaigrette

Yield: 4-6 servings

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes


  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa, rinsed
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/3 of a medium-sized red onion, chopped
  • 1 15-ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup cooked fresh corn (you can boil it, grill it, however you want)
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes, sliced
  • 1/2 of a jalapeño pepper, seeded and finely chopped (optional)
  • 1 avocado, pitted and diced
  • 3 tbs. fresh chopped cilantro
  • salt to taste

For the dressing:

  • 2 tbs. fresh lime juice (add more if needed)
  • 3 tbs. olive oil


  1. Put the water into a medium-sized pot. Stir in the salt and quinoa. Bring the water to a boil. Cover and continue to simmer until the quinoa has absorbed all of the water and is cooked (about 10-15 minutes). Remove from the heat and fluff with a fork. Transfer the quinoa into a large bowl or container. Let cool.
  2. Stir in the onion, corn, black beans, tomatoes, avocado, jalapeño, and the cilantro.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together the lime juice and olive oil. Pour the dressing over the salad. Season with salt to taste and serve.

Tex Mex Quinoa Salad with Lime Vinaigrette



  1. I LOVE LOVE LOVE quinoa! Great recipe!!

  2. Sounds delicious and healthy. Reminds me of the rice bowl at Chipoltle’s.

  3. Your salad is so me! I love black beans and like you I could probably put them in anything! Awesome salad!!!

  4. It took me a while to enjoy the texture of quinoa but now I eat as much as possible. Any new recipe is a must try. Love that this one is tex-mex…another favorite of mine.

  5. Yesssss–these are some of my favorite flavors!! Looks amazing!

  6. You had me at tex mex. :) I love anything “southwestern style” – I used to work at Chili’s and loved every darn near thing on the menu. Anyway, I love quinoa and need to make this sometime!

  7. Love recipes like this that use simple ingredients for awesome flavor. Good work :-)

  8. Mexican is my very favorite cuisine. This quinoa salad looks killer!

  9. I’ve only had quinoa for breakfast. I’m so digging this tex-mex spin!

  10. What a great way to feature quinoa!! I would dig right in. :)

  11. Yours is the second quinoa salad I’ve seen this morning! LOVE all your add-ins…simply scrumptious!

  12. Such a tasty, nutritious and colorful salad! This looks amazing, Steph!

  13. Ohhhh what a delicious summery quinoa salad recipe! I love your easy lime vinaigrette! It gives me extra appetite thinking about it.

  14. Having just returned from Texas, I can honestly say I have Tex Mex on the mind like CRAY-CRAY. This salad looks so badass for a summer day!

  15. This is great. I’m semi-obsessed with quinoa these days and am always on the lookout for new recipe ideas for it.

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