Magical Gluten-Free Side Dish: Southwestern Quinoa Salad


A lot of people have asked me lately, “What is quinoa?”. I answer, “It’s the magical grain.” Quinoa is the amazing gluten-free grain that is high in fiber and a complete protein, meaning it has all nine amino acids. Quinoa also contains high amounts of  lysine, manganese, magnesium, iron, copper and phosphorus. It is a great replacement for rice or couscous and works great here in this simple recipe for Southwestern Quinoa Salad. Serve it room temperature or chilled. It’s awesome, and my kids even ate it too! By the way, quinoa can be found at Whole Foods Market or any of your specialty stores.

Gluten-Free Southwestern Quinoa

Cook Time:

20 minutes

Prep Times:

10 minutes


4 servings


1 1/4 cups low-sodium gluten-free chicken broth
3/4 cup uncooked quinoa
3/4 cup black beans, rinsed and drained
1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper
1/3 cup chopped red onion
1/3 cup gluten-free salsa
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice


1. Cook quinoa in chicken broth according to package directions; let cool slightly. Add beans and remaining ingredients, mixing well. Serve chilled or at room temperature.

2 thoughts on “Magical Gluten-Free Side Dish: Southwestern Quinoa Salad”

  1. I bought my quinoa in the bulk section of whole foods, so there wan’t any package directions. Would you mind posting how to cook it? Thanks

  2. Alison, This looks great! I’m having an office party at the lake this summer for about 60 people. Can you suggest a good easy meal and a fun signature drink we can serve that will be appealing to most?

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