Recipe: How to Make Quinoa Salad

I’m in love.

I must admit I never knew what to do with Quinoa until now.  About a year and a half ago I bought bag at Costco for around $10.  Tried it once plain, zipped the bag shut, and stuffed it in the back of the pantry.  I didn’t get it.  I didn’t understand why my neighbors were suddenly buying it and going on and on about it.  It didn’t taste like anything.

But now I get it.

You have to add other ingredients to it and then poof, magic happens.

Let me just say this, the next time you have to go to a pot luck, bring this.  The next time you want your husband to buy you a pair of Ugg boots because you accidentally tore a hole in yours with a shovel {we won’t even go into the part about you shouldn’t be wearing Uggs in the garden anyway}, make this.

The next time you want to eat, make this.

Because Quinoa Salad will make you {and everyone else around you} happy.

Trust me.

This has been adapted from Heather’s yummy recipe over at Queen Bee Coupons.


2 cups Quinoa
4 cups Chicken stock
4 oz Feta cheese crumbles
15 oz Can S & W Jalapeno Black Beans, rinsed and drained
15 oz Canned Sweet Corn, rinsed and drained
1 cup Spinach, chopped
1/2 Red onion, diced


1/2 cup Lime juice {2 Limes}
3 tablespoons Red wine vinegar
1/4 cup Olive Oil
1 tablespoon Cumin
Salt and Pepper to taste


Place the quinoa and chicken stock in a rice cooker, turn it on and cook.
While the rice is cooking mix the dressing ingredients together and set aside.
In a large bowl combined the black beans, corn, spinach and red onion.
When the quinoa is finished cooking and has cooled down, combine it with the black bean mixture, add dressing and toss.
Serve in a nice big fat bowl and dig in!

Looking for more recipes featuring Quinoa?  Amazon currently has Quinoa 365: The Everyday Superfood By Patricia Green on sale right now for $15.42.


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  1. Gwen says

    Love, Love, Love Quinoa! I usually just boil it with black pepper and a bouillon cube and call it good. This recipe is much better :). I too bought my Quinoa from Costco at 1st but found that buying it in bulk at Freddy’s or Winco is much cheaper. Thanks once again for a great recipe.

  2. sena c says

    I combine cilantro, tomatoes, spinich and green onion with quinoa, and then add some lemon juice. It is my lunch at least 3 times a week, and I don’t get sick of it. It is packed with protein so I don’t want to snack after lunch. It is my new crack :)

  3. Angela says

    I have some quinoa lurking in my pantry, but I never know what to do with it. This looks super yummy!! Definitely giving it a try!

    On another note, I subscribe to your daily email updates but haven’t been getting them for the past few days…I know I’m signed up because I thought I would re-enter my email addy and it said I was signed up already. Any ideas?

  4. says

    Recently discovered quinoa myself! If you like cilantro, add it to the mix…yum! What I like about quinoa, besides the fact that it is a whole protein all by itself and is fun to say, is that you can eat it cold or hot. It’s good either way.

    • Mavis says

      1 cup quinoa, 2 cups chicken broth or water. Bring it to a boil in a sauce pan and reduce heat to simmer. Cook 15 minutes. Remove from heat and fluff. :)

  5. Linda says

    I am new to your blog and I just wanted to share that this recipe is amazing!! I’m completely obsessed. Thank you a million times! Can’t wait to explore your blog some more! :)

  6. Kirby says

    I use quinoa to replace ground meat in a lot of recipes! I make quinoa cabbage rolls, quinoa chili, quinoa tacos, the list goes on!

  7. Jen says

    Am I the only one who has had problems with quinoa in the rice cooker??? I made some wild rice & quinoa mix (from Costco!) in the rice maker one time, & that was a “bleep!” to clean up!!! Is there a trick to it??
    I just made Alison Sweeney’s recipe from “SELF” magazine & absolutely LOVED it! I just added zucchini for a little bit of crunch. :) But now seeing cilantro suggestions, I think i will be throwing that in there too. But this one looks incredibly yummy too!!! Next on my list!!!

  8. debbie says

    I did this except didn’t use corn and used olive oil and red wine vinegar, added some cilantro, black beans and garbanzo beans and the rest same as yours, it is amazing :)

  9. Jared Roper says

    Pretty good but kind of sour for my taste. I added some of the quinoa mixture to chopped romaine and a dash of Olive Garden dressing and that was AWESOME!

  10. Talula says

    This recipe looks delicious. I love quinoa and recipes so delicious that the kids won’t notice the veggies and pick them out. :)

    Anyway, I’ve never cooked quinoa in a rice cooker (i always use a pot on the stove). Can I cook the quinoa w/o the rice cooker? If not, how llong does it take quinoa to cook in a rice cooker? Is it the same amount of time as rice? Thanks!

    • Mavis Butterfield says

      If you do not have a rice cooker, simply add the grains and broth in a saucepan, bring it to a boil and then reduce the heat to a simmer. Cook covered until the liquid has been absorbed and grains are tender {about 20 minutes}.

      Yes, it takes the same about of time in a rice cooker as does regular rice. :)

  11. Tiffany says

    LOVE this recipe! It even tastes great the next day which is awesome since this yields a lot. I make it least once a week. Thanks for sharing!!

  12. Bea says

    Mavis, I found your receipt a few weeks ago, yesterday a found the actual product “Quinoa”, can’t wait to cook it, try it, and enjoy it, I’m trying to have my immediate family switch from pasta to this (they are not big rice eaters either). Hopefully I can try a simple side dish to a main dish in the future. Thank you in advance.

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