Quinoa Salad with Corn and Black Beans


I love cold grain salads, and Funk prefers them hot. What’s a gal to do? Make them the way I like ‘em. Hey! I’m the chef of the house! If he wants it hot, he knows where to find the microwave.

This salad, though, is best cold or at room temperature and it is bursting with flavor and texture. If you like Mexican food flavors (cilantro, avocado, lime, tequila…just kidding) you’ll love this quinoa salad.


1.5 cups quinoa, rinsed and cooked (I used Trader Joe’s Organic Tricolor Quinoa)

1 white onion, diced

1 can black beans, rinsed and drained

1 can yellow corn, rinsed and drained

1 red bell pepper, diced

1 avocado, diced

3 Tbsp lime juice

1 bunch fresh cilantro, chopped

Salt to taste


Cook quinoa according to package directions and set aside to bring to room temperature. I prepared this earlier in the day by cooking the quinoa in my rice cooker and tossing in the diced onion, resulting in perfectly cooked quinoa and onion with some oniony flavor infused throughout the quinoa. If you don’t have a rice cooker, you can always toss in the onion towards the end of cooking quinoa on the stovetop. Or, add in the raw diced onion after the quinoa is cooked.

Add beans, corn, red pepper, and cilantro to the quinoa and mix to combine. Submerge the diced avocado in a bowl with about 3 Tablespoons of lime juice to prevent browning. (I probably would have used 4-5 tablespoons of lime juice if I had it on hand, but I ran out. More is better!)

Season with salt to taste.

Do you prefer hot or cold grain salads? Especially with warmer temps, I’m team Cold Salad!


  1. Posted March 28, 2012 at 12:27 pm | Permalink

    Cold grain salads definitely! I practically live off of cold farro salads in the warm weather 🙂

  2. Janel
    Posted March 28, 2012 at 2:45 pm | Permalink

    Mmm! What do you put in your farro salads?

  3. Posted March 28, 2012 at 4:34 pm | Permalink

    Is this a good recipe for someone who would be trying out quinoa for the first time? I am fairly sure that the other ingredients will be yummy, but I’ve never had quinoa before. Thanks!

  4. Janel
    Posted March 28, 2012 at 6:21 pm | Permalink

    Yes absolutely! Make sure to rinse off your quinoa before cooking it in a small hole colander, then cook it just like rice! The instructions should be right on the package. Come back and let me know how it turns out!

  5. Posted March 29, 2012 at 10:09 am | Permalink


    Great minds think alike- I made this recipe all summer long!

  6. Posted March 31, 2012 at 4:21 pm | Permalink

    Definitely cold/room temp. A salad like that can be a great lunch to take to work!

  7. Posted April 9, 2012 at 2:10 pm | Permalink

    I made this recipe for Easter and it was a huge hit (and so easy– my boyfriend was like ‘seriously, that’s all we have to do?’)! I put the onion in the water to cook with the quinoa because I don’t love raw onion and it perfectly infused flavor into the quinoa. It was totally delicious, I recommend it to everyone!

  8. Janel
    Posted April 9, 2012 at 2:11 pm | Permalink

    I’m so glad you loved it. It really is rediculously easy!

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