Amazing Mexican Quinoa Salad


An extremely yummy, spicy, Mexican quinoa 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.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Additional Time:
2 hrs
Total Time:
2 hrs 20 mins


  • 2 cups cooked quinoa

  • 1 (15 ounce) can pinto beans, rinsed and drained

  • 1 (15 ounce) can kidney beans, rinsed and drained

  • 1 (14 ounce) can corn

  • 1 red onion, chopped

  • 1 cup cooked brown rice

  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped

  • ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro


  • ¾ cup olive oil

  • cup red wine vinegar

  • 1 tablespoon chili powder, or to taste

  • 2 cloves garlic, mashed

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper, or to taste


  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.

  3. Stir salad again before serving.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

397 Calories
23g Fat
42g Carbs
9g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 397
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 23g 29%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Sodium 532mg 23%
Total Carbohydrate 42g 15%
Dietary Fiber 9g 31%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 9g
Vitamin C 22mg 110%
Calcium 47mg 4%
Iron 2mg 12%
Potassium 272mg 6%

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

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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