Chili Lime Quinoa Salad Recipe

This salad is perfect for a light dinner, side dish, or scrumptious lunch! It’s light, healthy, and flavorful. What I love about this recipe is the combination of authentic fresh ingredients with a yummy homemade chili lime dressing. It has the perfect amount of kick per bite!

I actually made a large batch of this salad to take for lunch during the week. It keeps great in the refrigerated for several days. This recipes makes about 4-6 servings.

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Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 cup Quinoa (I prefer the Harvest Grains Blend from Trader Joe’s with Israeli Couscous, Orzo, Baby Garbanzo Beans, and Red Quinoa)
  • 2 cups Water
  • 1/4 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • The Juice of 2 Limes
  • 2 tsp Chili Powder
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Red Pepper Flakes
  • 1 1/2 cup Cherry Tomatoes cut in Half
  • 1 can Black Beans (drained and rinsed)
  • 6 Chopped Green Onions
  • 1/4 cup Chopped Cilantro
  • Salt & Pepper to Taste

Here’s what to do:

  • Bring quinoa/Harvest Grains Blend and water to a boil in a saucepan. Reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer (covered) until quinoa is tender and water has been absorbed, about 10-15 minutes. Set aside to cool. You can place in refrigerated to cool at a faster pace.
  • Whisk olive oil, lime juice, chili powder, 1 teaspoon salt, and red pepper flakes together in a bowl.
  • Combine quinoa, tomatoes, black beans, and green onions together in a bowl.
  • Pour dressing over quinoa mixture and stir to coat entire mixture.
  • Stir in cilantro, then season with salt and black pepper to taste.

Enjoy immediately or let cool in the refrigerator!

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5 thoughts on “Chili Lime Quinoa Salad Recipe

    1. It definitely it is! Do you have a Trader Joe’s nearby? If so, be sure to buy the blend of Quinoa I recommend in the post, because I think it’s a great way to start cooking with Quinoa.

      1. Got it – well any quinoa blend should work then! Hope it goes well! I have another quinoa recipe going up in the next few weeks as well 🙂

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