Corn & Black Bean Quinoa Salad

February 8, 2010 by Ali

Whew! After a Super Bowl Sunday full of great friends, great laughs, and um…all of my favorite not-so-healthy processed dips and chips…thought it would be good to begin the week on a healthier note!

So gathered all of these yummy, colorful veggies to create this delicious quinoa salad. I saw a photo of the recipe on a blog months ago and could not get over how gorgeous it was! Love the colors, love the fresh, light ingredients, and love how simple it is to make!! The chipotle-lime dressing was an especially delightful finish.

So if you’re looking for a bright, fresh recipe to fend off the winter blues…or just a fabulous meal yearround…would highly recommend this one!

Corn & Black Bean Quinoa Salad

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Yield: 2-3 servings


  • 1 cup red quinoa
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup black beans (or 1 (15 oz.) can, drained)
  • 1 ear corn, grilled and kernels cut from cob (or 1 (15.25 oz.) can, drained)
  • 1/2 red pepper, diced
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, diced
  • 1 green onion, chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 1 chipotle in adobo sauce, minced (or 1/2 tsp. chipotle powder)
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • 2 tsp. hot sauce (optional)
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste


Simmer the quinoa in the water until the water is absorbed, about 20 minutes.

Mix the quinoa, black beans, corn, red pepper, jalapeno, green onion, and cilantro in a large bowl.

Mix the oil, lime juice, chipotle in adobo sauce, cumin, hot sauce (optional), salt and pepper in a small bowl.

Toss the salad in the dressing, and serve.

Recipe adapted from Closet Cooking

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Ali’s Tip:

Feel free to use this recipe as a base for other salads! In place of the quinoa, you could easily insert some other whole grains, lettuce, rice, or pasta. :)

About Ali

Ali Ebright is a freelance recipe developer and food writer/photographer, and blogs at Gimme Some Oven and Gimme Some Life. She also loves all things music, traveling near and far, actually making things from Pinterest, cozying up with a good book and her sweet pup, Henry, and spending time with a wonderful group of friends. Come say hello and follow Ali on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+ & Instagram.

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12 thoughts on “Corn & Black Bean Quinoa Salad

  1. Awesome read. I just passed this onto a buddy who was doing some research on that. He actually bought me lunch as I found it for him! Thus let me rephrase: Thanx for lunch!

    - Josiah Griswell

  2. Light and refreshing salad that has become one of our favorites! I just made it again today. Wonderful!

    - Nat

  3. This salad looks wonderful. I have been thinking about trying some new quinoa recipes, and I also have some corn in my freezer from last summer that I need to use up. I’m bookmarking this one to give it a try!

    - Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction

  4. Your salad looks amazing! This s one of my favorites. It is so quick and easy and nice and tasty and healthy.

    - Kevin

  5. that’s one heaping pile of deliciousness, ali. i love it.

    - grace

  6. I just finished making this and OMWord it’s fantastic!!!!

    - Erica

  7. Gorgeous! How can you not feel great after eating something so colorful and refreshing?

    - Misty

  8. This looks delicious! I just bought a huge bag of organic quinoa from Costco. Although the quinoa I purchased isn’t red….will that make a big difference in the recipe?

    - Erica

  9. I’ve made something similar to this for awhile but use barley instead of quinoa. It is my favorite summer time salad – just love all the bright colors and it just tastea so fresh & healthy!

    - Lisa

  10. this looks absolutely stunning. I will have to make it. I want to make it. wow its so pretty.

    - wic

  11. Oh my goodness, I want to wear a dress that is basically all the colors of this salad. It’s gorgeous!

    - The Nervous Cook