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a wooden bowl full of fiesta quinoa salad made with lettuce, quinoa, bell peppers, corn, and cilantro topped with two lime slices

Fiesta Quinoa Salad Bowl

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  • Author: Lindsay Cotter
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Diet: Vegetarian


Light, refreshing, and full of flavor, this Fiesta Quinoa Salad Bowl is the perfect appetizer, side dish, or main course for summer! Add your favorite protein or leave it as is for a Mexican salad everyone will love. Vegan Option. 


Units Scale
  • 2 cups cooked quinoa
  • 1 bell pepper (about 2/3 cup), diced
  • 1/2 pint cherry tomatoes or 1 cup sliced tomatoes
  • 1/31/2 cup chopped red onion
  • 1/41/3 cup chopped cilantro
  • 3 cups + torn romaine lettuce
  • Lime juice to taste
  • Kosher salt to taste
  • Black pepper to taste
  • 1 small or 1/2 large avocado, diced
  • See notes for dressing options

Optional Toppings & Garnishes:

  • Roasted corn
  • Diced cooked chicken or protein of choice
  • Pico de gallo or salsa
  • Lime wedges


  1. Cook the quinoa according to package instructions. Once cooked, fluff the quinoa with a fork, and set it aside.
  2. Add avocado, a splash of lime juice, salt, and pepper. Then, toss again.
  3. Lightly pour the desired dressing over the salad, and toss until all of the ingredients are coated. Garnish with optional toppings.
  4. Serve immediately or store in the fridge for up to 2 days. Freshness tip – Wait to add the avocado until just before serving if making this recipe ahead of time. 


Dressing Options: Combine ¼ cup homemade vegan ranch mixed with 1/2 teaspoon chili powder. Or, make your own by combining ¼ cup sour cream, ½ teaspoon chili powder, a splash of lime juice, salt, and pepper to taste. Whisk the ingredients until they are well combined.  

Nut Free Vegan Ranch Option: Use our nightshade free ranch and omit spices

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Category: Main, Side
  • Method: Stove Top
  • Cuisine: Mexican-American


  • Serving Size: 1 bowl
  • Calories: 219
  • Sugar: 4.2 g
  • Sodium: 41.2 mg
  • Fat: 9.9 g
  • Saturated Fat: 1.9 g
  • Carbohydrates: 28.6 g
  • Fiber: 7 g
  • Protein: 6.1 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg