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Guest Post: Quinoa Party Salad

Hey everyone! We are busy packing away! Mellissa of A Fit and Spicy Life is sharing a recipe today! I’ve been following Mellissa’s blog for nearly a year! Time flies! She and I are lovers of all things wine and Italy! A girl after my own heart!

Take it away, Mellissa!


Quinoa being one of those great superfoods makes a great salad base with a great protein and carbohydrate ratio. Adding in black beans, corn, and peppers give it a nice pop of flavor while the dressing in jalapeno gives it some spice.

Quinoa Party Salad

2 cups cooked quinoa, cooled
2 peppers –1 red and 1 orange
2 cans black beans
2 cans corn (or fresh)
1 cup of cilantro
1/4 cup olive oil
Juice of 1 Lime
1 tbsp cumin
Pinch of Red Pepper Flakes


Cook quinoa in 4 cups of boiling water, covered, for about 20 minutes. Let cool.

Chop pepper, cilantro, jalapeño and add to corn and beans.

Whisk olive oil, lime juice, salt/pepper. cumin and red pepper flakes.

Add quinoa to bean and veggie mixture and top with dressing and salt/pepper. Serve at room temperature or cold.

I love taking healthy salads that have unique ingredients and what is even better is that even picky eaters will eat this salad. It is my signature dish!


Thanks, Mellissa!

Question: Do you enjoy quinoa?

Have a great night,

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  1. July 26, 2010 / 5:27 am

    This is beautiful. So many vibrant colors going on. I love quinoa, and this sounds like a great recipe.

  2. July 26, 2010 / 6:30 am

    LOVE quinoa! Brown rice still holds a special place in my heart, but sometimes I’m more in the mood for the delicate texture and quick cooking time of quinoa.

  3. July 26, 2010 / 7:01 am

    This recipe looks fabulous! If I have time I am going to try it out tonight!

  4. July 26, 2010 / 9:24 am

    Ooooh that’s so easy and delicious!! I want to make it ASAP! I’m cooking dinner for a large group with week! If all the ingredients are available, I’m most definitely making this!

  5. July 26, 2010 / 2:14 pm

    Wow, it sure looks like a party and a very happy one…great for Summer!

  6. July 26, 2010 / 3:19 pm

    Oh how I love quinoa yet I’ve never made it!

  7. July 26, 2010 / 4:09 pm

    Your quinoa salad looks colorful, healthy & delish. I enjoy the addition of cumin in here ๐Ÿ™‚


  8. July 26, 2010 / 5:30 pm

    I hope you have a wonderful trip, Nicole! This salad looks so bright and fresh — I love all the color in there!

  9. July 27, 2010 / 11:25 pm

    I haven’t learned to love it, yet! My girlfriends and I are going to be giving this recipe a whirl tomorrow though during our weekly cooking get together! Yay!! Thanks Mellissa, and MsRD!!:0)

  10. October 20, 2016 / 9:38 pm

    This salad recipe looks yummy!! I’ve never tried quinoa.

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