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The Best Quinoa, Corn and Black Bean Salad with Avocado

This is the BEST recipe for Corn and Black Bean Salad! Healthy, EASY to prepare & fresh, making it perfect for summer! The best part? It's vegan & gluten free!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Dinner, Lunch, Salad
Cuisine: Australian, Gluten-free, Healthy, Mexican, Vegan, Vegetarian
Servings: 4 servings (main)
Calories: 432kcal


Quinoa, Corn and Black Bean Salad with Avocado

  • 3/4 cup tri-coloured quinoa rinsed
  • 1 400ml can black beans drained and rinsed
  • 2.5 cups frozen organic corn kernels, thawed (or 2 ears of corn, cooked and shucked)
  • 1 small red or yellow capsicum diced
  • 250 g cherry tomatoes halved
  • 1 small lebanese cucumber diced
  • 1 avocado seed removed, cubed
  • 1 mango seed removed, cubed (optional)
  • 1/2 bunch of coriander leaves removed and roughly chopped

Cumin & Lime Vinaigrette*

  • 1 lime juiced
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt


How to make Corn & Black Bean Salad

  • In a medium-sized pot, add the quinoa and 1½ cups of water. Bring to the boil and cook for approximately 20 minutes under the quinoa is el dente. Strain and set aside to cool.
    (This step can be prepared 1 to 2 days in advance).
  • In a medium-sized salad bowl, combine the cooked quinoa, black beans, corn kernels, capsicum and cherry tomatoes. Set aside while you prepare the dressing.
  • In a small ramekin or glass bowl, whisk the lime juice, extra virgin olive oil, ground cumin and sea salt.

To Serve**

  • Toss the Cumin and Lime Vinaigrette through the salad to gently combine. Add the mango, avocado and coriander leaves just before serving. Bon Appétit! :)


* Corn & Black Bean Salad Dressing Alternative - other dressings which taste amazing in this recipe can be found HERE.
** Serving - While this recipe can be prepared in advance, to keep all the ingredients fresher for longer, add the vinaigrette, mango and avocado on the day of serving. 


Calories: 432kcal | Carbohydrates: 55.4g | Protein: 11.7g | Fat: 21.9g | Saturated Fat: 3.4g | Sodium: 648mg | Potassium: 1148mg | Fiber: 13.7g | Sugar: 13.4g | Calcium: 95mg | Iron: 4mg