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Mexican Quinoa Salad, gluten-free

This healthy gluten-free Mexican Quinoa Salad is full of bright colours and flavours, with fluffy quinoa and just the right amount of spices. It can be made ahead of time and served at a party, put together as a lunch option, prepared as part of a meal prep or served as a side dish. It is naturally gluten-free and healthy!

Mexican Quinoa Salad, gluten-free
Mexican Quinoa Salad, gluten-free

What is Mexican Quinoa Salad

A Mexican Quinoa Salad has the perfect mix of flavours and textures. It combines fluffy cooked quinoa, black beans and corn and a variety of fresh salad vegetables. The homemade dressing is simple and easy to make but packed with Mexican flavours of lime, garlic, cumin and cayenne pepper.

Watch How to Make It

How to make this Mexican Quinoa Salad
  1. Cook the quinoa. Here is my How to Cook Quinoa recipe.

  2. Combine the dressing

  3. Chop and prepare all the vegetables

  4. Finish the Salad - toss all the ingredients together.

  5. Serve cold or at room temperature.

What else can I add or swap?

This salad is very versatile and the ingredients can be substituted for others:

  • Capsicum, cucumbers and tomatoes can be swapped for a tray of diced baked vegetables such as mushrooms, zucchini, pumpkin and sweet potato.

  • Black beans can be swapped for pinto or red kidney beans.

  • Corn can be swapped for yellow capsicum or green peas

Mexican Quinoa Salad, gluten-free
Mexican Quinoa Salad, gluten-free

What to serve it with

Mexican Quinoa Salad, gluten-free
Mexican Quinoa Salad, gluten-free

What do I do with Leftovers?

Store it in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days and serve it with:

  • Whole baked potatoes

  • Fried eggs

  • Steamed broccoli or cauliflower steaks

  • As part of a taco/ burrito bowl

  • or simply crumble some feta or add diced avocado through it

Meal Prep

This is a fantastic meal-prep recipe. In a container, it stays well in the refrigerator for up to a week.

Other Salad Ideas

Mexican Quinoa Salad, gluten-free
Mexican Quinoa Salad, gluten-free

Mexican Quinoa Salad

Serves 6-8 as a side

Prep 10

Cooking and Cooling Quinoa 20



3 cups cooked and cooled quinoa (HERE FOR RECIPE)

1 cup parsley or coriander, finely chopped

1 large red onion, diced

1 red capsicum, diced

1 lebanese cucumber, diced

2 roma tomatoes, diced (or 250g punnet grape tomatoes, quartered)

1 can / 400g corn kernels, drained and rinsed

1 can / 400g black beans, drained and rinsed

Optional: 1 avocado, diced

Dressing Ingredients:

½ cup extra virgin olive oil

¼ cup freshly squeezed lime juice

1.5 tsp sea salt

1 tsp ground garlic / 1 large garlic clove, minced

½ tsp ground pepper

½ tsp ground cumin

½ tsp ground cayenne


1. Prepare the dressing by mixing the olive oil, lime juice, and spices. Whisk with a fork or add them to a jar, cover with a lid and shake well.

2. Place the quinoa salad ingredients into a mixing bowl, and pour the dressing over the top. Mix to combine well and serve.

Optional: If adding avocado, dice into small pieces and scatter over the top. Squeeze fresh lime juice over the top to prevent it from browning.

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Mexican Quinoa Salad, gluten-free
Mexican Quinoa Salad, gluten-free

Recipe and Photography Margaret Pahos for @CreateCookShare


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