Black Bean, Orange and Corn Quinoa Salad

by Lauren

This hearty salad isn’t a green leaf salad. Nope, it definitely is not.

I don’t know about you but I am always just slightly less than full and never completely satisfied after eating a green leaf salad for lunch or dinner.

This quinoa salad is totally the opposite. Totally.

Fills you up like no other salad known to man me. It’s so delectable that I made 3 batches of it this weekend, each one was happily devoured by all who indulged.

By the way, if you make yourself a little extra lime juice, olive oil, and cumin dressing then marinate shrimp in it, you won’t be sad.

Shrimp is the perfect protein with a punch to add to this protein-packed salad.

P.S. How many ‘P’ words can you use in one sentence? Heh.

One more thing, make this for your honey then take it to the beach, the park, or your favorite place to picnic, because it travels very well.

Just pack it up tight and be on your merry way to a romantic luncheon!

If you’re single, take a friend Smile 

Black Bean, Orange and Corn Quinoa Salad

Inspired by Eat, Live, Run


1 cup quinoa

1 can black beans, rinsed

1 orange, segmented and cut into small chunks

1 cup corn kernels

1/2 red onion, chopped

1 red or orange bell pepper, diced

1 small bunch cilantro, chopped

1 jalapeño, minced


1/4 cup lime juice

1/4 cup olive oil

1 teaspoon cumin

Salt and pepper to taste


Cook 1 cup quinoa with 1 cup water and 1 cup chicken broth for 10-15 minutes.

Add the black beans, orange and the rest of the ingredients in the salad. Stir to combine.

Whisk together lime juice, olive oil, cumin, salt and pepper. Drizzle over quinoa mixture.


So many hearty mixin’s, so much zesty flavor. You can’t go wrong with this salad!

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16 Responses to “Black Bean, Orange and Corn Quinoa Salad”

  1. I love the addition of oranges!

  2. The quinoa salad looks great are you are not kidding the FIFTH blog I have been to today who made quinoa salad :)

  3. This looks delicious! You are right about a green leaf salad not being enough for a satisfying lunch! I love to create quinoa salads.

  4. I definitely need grains and legumes in my salads to make them hearty! Love the sound of this!

  5. I adore this salad. I have fresh corn, black beans and quinoa at home…I know what I’m making this week!

  6. Lauren

    It’s a great lunch that lasts all week! Def give it a try!

  7. Lauren

    really?! haha too funny! Must be quinoa season :)

  8. I love quinoa! Especially when paired with fresh veggies aka exactly how you made it. :)

  9. Wow! That looks amazing and satisfying!

  10. I discovered Quinoa a few years back and can’t get enough of it. Love the freshness of this salad, and the black beans nearly make it a meal. Nicely done! This one will be on our summer menu for sure… and your photography is beautiful!

  11. I know what i’m having for lunch today

  12. I’m always looking for more ways to make quinoa and this one looks like it definitely would not disappoint! Thanks for sharing Lauren!

  13. Um, this looks amazing. I”ll be making it this weekend!

  14. this looks delicious!! here at the monastery we are cooking for anywhere from 5- 8 people so something simple is perfect; especially something a little bit unusual. 😀

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