Spicy Quinoa Salad

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 6 servings


  • 5 tablespoons olive oil divided
  • 1 large red onion chopped
  • 2 15-oz. cans black beans drained and rinsed
  • 2 cups frozen corn defrosted
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 2 large avocados peeled and chopped
  • 1 lemon juiced
  • 1 lime juiced
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 2 cups quinoa cooked according to package directions
  • 6 cups spinach
  • 1/2 cup feta cheese crumbled


  • DO-AHEAD TIP: Defrost corn and cook quinoa.
  • In a large skillet, heat 2 tablespoons olive oil over medium heat, and saute onions 5 to 7 minutes until soft, add beans, corn and sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste and saute 2 to 3 minutes until the vegetables are warmed through.
  • In a food processor or blender, add 3 tablespoons olive oil, 1/2 avocado, lemon juice, lime juice, cumin, chili powder, and honey. Pulse 1 minute.
  • In a large bowl, add quinoa, spinach, feta, vegetables and toss with avocado vinaigrette.


SERVING SUGGESTION: Sweet potatoes fries (peel sweet potatoes and cut into “fries”; toss with olive oil and bake on a cookie sheet in a preheated 425-degree oven, turning once, season to taste with salt, pepper and chili powder).
VEGETARIAN: No changes necessary.
GLUTEN FREE: No changes necessary.
NUTRITION: 517 Calories; 18g Fat; 19g Protein; 77g Carbohydrate; 11g Dietary Fiber; 11mg Cholesterol; 185mg Sodium. Exchanges: 4 1/2 Grain (Starch); 1/2 Lean Meat; 1 Vegetable; 0 Fruit; 3 Fat.
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