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Southwest Quinoa Salad with Black Beans, Mango and Avocado

  • Author: Katie Webster
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 9 cups 1x
  • Category: Side dish
  • Method: stove top
  • Cuisine: american


This Southwest Quinoa Salad with black beans, mango and avocado is a delicious side salad for potlucks, parties and summertime picnics. The cumin, lime and cilantro dressing is flavorful and bright and pairs so well with the quinoa and fresh ingredients! This recipe is hearty enough to serve as a vegan main course for dinner or lunch.



  • 1 ½ cup dry quinoa, rinsed if necessary
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled and grated with a rasp-style grater
  • ½ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • ¼ cup freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1 ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 14-ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 mango, peeled, pitted and diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, minced, some seeds included for heat to taste
  • ½ cup chopped cilantro
  • ¼ cup chopped mint
  • 1 avocado, peeled, pitted and diced


  1. Bring quinoa and water to a boil in a medium saucepan, cover, reduce heat to low to maintain a gentle simmer, and cook until the germ has burst and the water is absorbed 16 to 20 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, whisk garlic, oil, lime, cumin and salt in a large bowl.
  3. Scrape hot quinoa into the lime dressing, and stir to combine. Let cool at least 10 minutes or covered in the refrigerator overnight.
  4. Add beans, mango, red pepper, jalapeno, cilantro and mint to the quinoa and stir to combine. Add the avocado and gently stir it in. Serve warm or refrigerate up to three days.


This recipe is good for three days. The avocado does turn brown so if you are making it ahead, I suggest adding the avocado at the last minute.

Keep it stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator.


  • Serving Size: 1 generous cup
  • Calories: 226
  • Sugar: 7 g
  • Fat: 17 g
  • Saturated Fat: 2 g
  • Carbohydrates: 17 g
  • Fiber: 5 g
  • Protein: 4 g
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