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Amazing Mexican Quinoa Salad Recipe

Amazing Mexican Quinoa Salad

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"Extremely yummy, spicy marinated salad that will keep in the fridge for up to a week! My kids in university love packing this up for their lunch. You have everything you need for a very healthy meal in one dish! Substitute barley for the brown rice if desired. Turtle beans can be substituted for kidney beans."

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Original recipe makes 8 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    20 mins

    2 hrs 20 mins


  1. Mix quinoa, pinto beans, kidney beans, corn, red onion, brown rice, red bell pepper, and cilantro together in a glass or plastic container with a lid.
  2. Whisk olive oil, vinegar, chili powder, garlic, salt, black pepper, and cayenne pepper together in a bowl; pour over quinoa mixture and toss to coat. Cover bowl with a lid and refrigerate until flavors blend, at least 2 hours. Stir again before serving.
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Mar 25, 2015

I've never had quinoa before, but surprised how much we all really liked this. I followed the ingredients as stated for 8 servings, but changed the dressing to 6 servings. Maybe if you're making 24 hours in advance you'd need that much dressing, but it was very nice and moist after four hours of marinating, as you can see by my photo. This salad presents very nicely and would be great for company or potlucks. I served with some cherry tomatoes and avocado slices which eventually got mixed in, a nice addition to a Mexican salad.

Jan 25, 2015

I have NEVER made a quinoa dish as delicious as this! The fast prep time also makes for a stress-free, post-work meal. I tweaked the recipe only a smidge: for both my quinoa and brown rice, I used vegetable broth, doubled the cayenne pepper to 1/2 teaspoon, cut the 2 cloves of garlic and 1/2 teaspoon salt and instead used 1/2 teaspoon of garlic salt, added 1/2 teaspoon of cumin, and added one diced avocado. Affordable and convenient. Absolutely fantastic! Thank you for sharing!!

Jun 01, 2014

I love quinoa salad and when this one had the word mexican in front of it I figured it couldn't lose. I was right. It is ridiculous good! Of course I made changes because: don't like corn in salads, don't like raw garlic in salad(so I used garlic powder), didn't have pinto beans -so I used black beans. Oh, and I am addicted to chipotle chili powder so I used a smidge of that for part of the chili powder. It is a great base salad recipe to work your own little personality into!

Jan 16, 2015

This is one tasty side dish. very happy with the way it came out.

May 15, 2014

I'm a big fan of Quinoa salads and I stumbled upon this one because I was looking for one that didn't have lime in it and had red wine vinegar. I had to make some adjustments as I didn't have any beans either. I added the everything along with cucumbers, left out the salt and pepper, I like to add individually afterwards. I cut back the oil to 2/3 and added 1/3 of the vinegar. I haven't even let the flavours marinate together yet but snuck a bite and it is really tasty. Looking forward to what the family thinks tonight. I know they will love and this one will be a hit. Definitely give it a try.

Apr 25, 2015

Love it! Follow the recipe for th most part. I only used 1 1/2 cups of red quinoa, but that turned out to be plenty! I had bacon I needed to use, so I diced it up and cooked it, and it turned out to be great addition. I also added chick peas, and all colors of bell peppers to give it more color. I didn't have all the seasonings for the dressing, so I bought a premixed taco seasoning, which had the seasonings suggested for the recipe plus some other herbs. The salad turned out amazing, and was great addition to my bbq. Of note, my salad turned out to be a lot more than I was expecting.

Jun 04, 2014

I made this recipe for company and it was a hit. I did make changes-used all pinto beans, all quinoa, garlic powder instead of fresh, and lime juice and rice vinegar for the dressing--had no red wind vinegar. The main thing I changed was to leave out the oil completely. I compensated for the liquid with extra vinegar and a little water. The salad was delicious and not dry at all. Will definitely be added to the summer salad rotation. Thank you!


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  • Calories
  • 397 kcal
  • 20%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 42.4 g
  • 14%
  • Cholesterol
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Fat
  • 22.6 g
  • 35%
  • Fiber
  • 8.6 g
  • 34%
  • Protein
  • 9.1 g
  • 18%
  • Sodium
  • 532 mg
  • 21%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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