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

Yield: 4-6 servings

Tex Mex Quinoa Salad with Lime Vinaigrette

Tex-Mex Quinoa Salad with Lime Vinaigrette

Tex Mex Quinoa Salad with Lime Vinaigrette - a healthy quinoa salad with tex-mex flavors and a light and refreshing lime dressing!

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.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 343Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 441mgCarbohydrates: 45gFiber: 11gSugar: 3gProtein: 12g

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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