Southwestern Quinoa Salad with Black Beans, Red Bell Pepper, and Cilantro

Debi Vecchio: "Love it. I did add avocado as well." Read More


  • 3/4 cup quinoa (rinsed if needed, check the package)
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 red bell pepper (chopped into small dice)
  • 1 can black beans (rinsed and drained)
  • 1/2 cup green onion (thinly sliced)
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice (fresh-squeezed)
  • 1 teaspoon Spike Seasoning (optional but highly recommended)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ancho chile pepper (or use regular chile powder if you don't have Ancho)
  • ground black pepper (fresh, to taste)
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • Did you make this?
    Add All to Shopping List
    Add to Meal Planner

    NutritionView More

    Sodium24% DV570mg
    Fat18% DV12g
    Protein18% DV9g
    Carbs11% DV33g
    Fiber36% DV9g
    Calories280Calories from Fat110
    Total Fat12g18%
    Saturated Fat2g10%
    Trans Fat
    Calories from Fat110
    Total Carbohydrate33g11%
    Dietary Fiber9g36%
    Vitamin A20%
    Vitamin C60%

    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.


    Debi Vecchio 3 months ago
    Love it. I did add avocado as well.
    Lilia L. 4 months ago
    I wanted it to be more hearty so I added 1 medium, diced and steamed sweet potatoe, and 1/2 chopped jalapeño. I also added Franks hot sauce to the dressing instead of the Seasoning mix, and it turned out very nice!
    MV 6 months ago
    Awesomely tasty. Will definitely be making it again.
    Titas Juskevicius 6 months ago
    It was okay. Nothing special but I would like it would have more flavour. i mean feta cheese or olives would help.
    Debra 6 months ago
    I opted not to put the dressing because I personally did not like the way it tasted and I followed the recipe. I thought it was really good without the dressing anyhow and threw in some feta cheese ❤️
    Katie 7 months ago
    This was fantastic! I didn’t have all the spices, but I added Kalamatas olives and a bit of it’s juice too. Highly recommend!
    Richard Rohrich 10 months ago
    This was great! Will definitely make it again
    Missy 10 months ago
    Very delicious. Will definitely make again.
    Chelsea Shore a year ago
    I made this about a month ago and have made it min 10 times since then. Just two of us, so it last a few days afterwards. We love it and never get tired of it!!
    Zoe Bonaparte 2 years ago
    Great no modifications except I made double recipe
    Precious J. 2 years ago
    A favorite that I go back to time and again.
    Erin S. 3 years ago
    such a great staple to keep in the fridge. I sometimes use less quinoa than the recipe calls for and it is still great.
    Jessica 4 years ago
    I didn't have green onion so I used a small purple onion instead. Great dish for summer and easy and fast to make!
    Matt V. 4 years ago
    Love love love this recipe!!! What a great meal for year around! Friends and family love it as well!
    Meg Morris 4 years ago
    I made this, liked it, and had good reviews from those with whom I shared it. I like things spicy so added jalapeño to the red pepper, used walnut oil in place of EVOO, and found Inca Red quinoa visually satisfying. I don't have Spike and have used lemon juice in place of the lime with decent results. I like this to fill half an avocado for lunch :)