Southwestern Quinoa Salad

This Southwestern Quinoa Salad is such a simple, healthy dinner and I especially love it in the summer months. It’s light, but filling.  And sweet potatoes, black beans, and corn are one of the best combinations, right?! You can eat it as an entree, side dish, or my favorite way…lettuce wraps!


4 as a main dish, 6-8 as a side.

Southwestern Quinoa Salad

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.  Cube the sweet potatoes and toss in olive oil, salt and pepper.  Place on a baking sheet and roast for 25-30 minutes until tender.

While the sweet potatoes are cooking, bring your vegetable broth to a boil.  Add the rinsed quinoa.

Lower heat and simmer for 15 minutes.

Once the quinoa and sweet potatoes have finished cooking, it’s time for assembly.  Add the corn, black beans, red pepper, and cooked sweet potatoes on top of the cooked quinoa.

Then add the green onions, cilantro, lime juice, and salt and pepper.  Toss to combine.

Garnish as desired and serve!  I like mine in lettuce wraps.



2 cups water or vegetable broth
1 cup quinoa; rinsed
2 sweet potatoes; cubed
2 Tablespoons olive oil
1 cup frozen corn kernals
1 can black beans; rinsed and drained
1 red pepper; diced
2 green onions; chopped
1/4 cup fresh cilantro; chopped
1 lime; juiced
salt and pepper to taste

Optional toppings: avocado, salsa, sour cream, shredded cheese, jalapeño


1.  Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Toss cubed sweet potatoes in olive oil, salt, and pepper.  Place on a baking sheet and roast for 25-30 minutes until tender.

2.  Bring water or vegetable broth to a boil in a medium to large pot.  Add quinoa, reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes.

3.  Once quinoa has finished cooking, add the corn, black beans, red pepper, green onions, cilantro, and cooked sweet potatoes on top of the quinoa.  Add the lime juice, salt, and pepper.  Toss to combine.


Related Recipes:

One-Pan Mexican Quinoa

Honey-Lime Sweet Potato Taco Salad

Black Bean and Quinoa Enchilada Bake

Join the Conversation

  • Jamie Whittendale

    Delicious! Have you ever cooked with farro? I’ve heard good things (more protein, less calories compared to quinoa)

    • Sarah @ SarahRuns26

      I love farro! Takes a bit to cook, but I prefer it over quinoa. I think it has a really nice slightly sweet, nutty flavor.

    • JenChoosesJoy

      I love farro and don’t cook with it enough. Thanks for the reminder!!!

  • Sarah @ SarahRuns26

    This looks awesome (and easy)! I was just thinking yesterday that it’d been awhile since you’ve posted a recipe!

    • JenChoosesJoy

      It’s been way too long, but it’s been a busy summer!!

  • bubblyrunner

    This recipe looks delicious! I’m definitely making it!

    • JenChoosesJoy

      I hope you like it!!

  • Liz

    Yummy!! I love how versatile quinoa is.. you can do so many things with it :)

  • Faygie Moorvitch

    I think this is going to have to go onto the menu for next week. Yum!

  • Amanda B @ Cupcakes and Miles

    Whoa! Whoa! Whoa! How did you get your potatoes cut up like that? I break a sweat just ATTEMPTING to slice mine pre-cook… 😉

  • Renee Hunt

    Yum! I love making this sort of thing in batches. Thanks for sharing, Jen!