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Southwestern Quinoa Salad

Southwestern Quinoa Salad is delicious, easy and a healthy dinner or side option! It’s also a Vegan recipe when using the new Hellmann’s Vegan Carefully Crafted Dressing & Sandwich Spread. This post is in partnership with Mirium Shopper.

Southwest quinoa salad served in a bowl

Ok, I know you’re thinking this whole situation might be a little off-brand here on my mainly butter and sugar website…but stay with me.

It is true that I exist on actual food as well as sweet treats. I know, it’s hard to believe. And let me further blow your mind by letting you know salads actually are one of my favorite main-dish foods.

Are we still friends? Please say yes.

I am a sucker for just about anything with a Tex-Mex spin on it, so today’s recipe is right up my alley. We have avocado, black beans, corn, tomato, cumin…and yes…Vegan Mayo.

Vegan Mayonaise

Of course you can use regular mayo too…but I am here today to say that this Hellmann’s Vegan Dressing & Sandwich Spread tastes exactly like regular mayo.It has the same rich, creamy taste, but it’s eggless, cholesterol free—with 10g of fat per serving- and made with non-GMO sourced ingredients. AND I know some of you reading this are vegan, because you ask me questions a lot on how to adapt my recipes to be vegan-friendly.

Also, please note that if you are a Target shopper you can use your nifty Cartwheel app and get 20% off! Everyone is a winner today…vegans, Target shoppers, people who like Tex-Mex…

Quinoa salad served with mayonnaise in the back

I riffed on an existing recipe on the Hellmann’s site to suit my tastes. I know you guys will like this so so much. It’s the perfect lunch salad, or even a light dinner!

Southwest quinoa salad served to eat

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Southwest quinoa salad served to eat

Southwestern Quinoa Salad

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  • Author: Cookies & Cups
  • Cook Time: 20 mins
  • Total Time: 20 mins
  • Yield: serves 4


  • 1 cup vegetable broth
  • 1/2 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 1/4 cup Hellmann’s® or Best Foods® Vegan Carefully Crafted Dressing and Sandwich Spread
  • juice of one lime
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 cup corn kernels
  • 1 can (15 oz.) black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • 1/2 cup diced tomato
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro


  1. In a small sauce pot bring broth and quinoa to a boil. Once boiling, reduce heat to simmer, cover and cook for 15 minutes until the quinoa is tender and liquid is absorbed. Remove from heat and allow to cool.
  2. In a small bowl whisk together the mayonnaise, lime juice, hot sauce, salt, garlic powder, and cumin. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl combine the cooled quinoa, black beans, avocado, tomato, and cilantro. Pour the mayonnaise dressing on top and stir to combine.
  4. Serve immediately or allow to chill for the flavors to com together.

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10 comments on “Southwestern Quinoa Salad”

  1. Looks like a great recipe but it isn’t Vegan using chicken stock. It will need to be a vegetable stock to make it vegan.

  2. Team Gillis Realtor

    This salad looks diffrent from others that I have tasted. I can try this and tell you what will I like or not about it.

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