Zesty Latin Quinoa Salad + VIDEO


This zesty Latin quinoa salad is one of my favorite lunches these days. Fresh and colorful, I simply adore that this salad is made out of quinoa as the main ingredient.

Zesty Latin Crispy Quinoa Salad by enrilemoine

It also comes with a variety of colorful ingredients. Combined, they make this zesty quinoa salad an explosion of Latin flavors.

Ingredients to make Latin Quinoa Salad, all chopped, in individual bowls.

Latin Quinoa Salad: A Feast of Flavors and Colors

Abundant fresh cilantro leaves, red bell pepper, jalapeño, red onion… All these ingredients, finely chopped, are complemented with black beans and sweet corn kernels.

I jazz this salad with a zesty dressing to make it more appealing. I create a delicious citrusy vinaigrette by combining lime zest and juice with extra virgin olive oil, red wine vinegar, and pink salt from the Himalayas.

Zesty Latin Quinoa Salad

This zesty Latin quinoa salad makes a protein-packed lunch at home or on the go. It’s also a nice appetizer or a side dish to pair with poultry, fish, or beef.

Is Quinoa a Superfood?

Yes! Quinoa is a superfood! Quinoa is not only high in fiber (it contains 16 grams of fiber for every 100 grams.) It’s also high in protein (15 grams per 100 grams). Quinoa is rich in amino acids, antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals, including vitamins B and iron, potassium, calcium, and phosphorus.

Close up of quinoa salad.

I love quinoa because it’s gluten-free, packed with fiber and protein, and very satisfying. But I love quinoa the most because it’s like a neutral vehicle to transport all the flavors and textures of whatever ingredients in a myriad of combinations.

Quinoa salad served in a black bowl, with a linen kitchen table on the side.

How to Make Zesty Latin Quinoa Salad

To make this salad you’ll need a couple of kitchen tools and ingredients you can easily find online through my Amazon Affiliate Program, including:

Quinoa salad served on black bowl.

I hope you like this recipe as much as I do. Please watch and like my video demo on how to make the perfect quinoa, and if you haven’t done so yet, please subscribe to my YouTube channel. Thank you for visiting my Amazon Store.

Zesty Latin Crispy Quinoa Salad by enrilemoine
5 from 32 votes

Zesty Latin Quinoa Salad

This delicious, crispy so full of flavor zesty quinoa salad makes a protein packed lunch. It can be served as an appetizer or side dish.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time12 mins
Refrigerate30 mins
Total Time52 mins
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 178kcal


  • 2 cups of quinoa cooked
  • 1 cup red bell pepper finely diced
  • 1 cup red onion finely chopped
  • ¼ cup of jalapeño pepper finely chopped
  • 2 cups of cilantro leaves chopped
  • 1 can of organic black beans rinsed and drained
  • 1 can of sweet corn kernels drained

For the Vinaigrette

  • 1/3 cup of extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons of fresh lime juice
  • 3 tablespoons of red wine vinegar
  • the zest of a lime
  • pink salt from the Himalayas


  • In a big bowl add all the ingredients for the salad and stir well.
  • In a small bowl, add all the ingredients for the vinaigrette and mix with a fork to emulsify.
  • Add the vinaigrette to the salad and mix to combine.
  • Cover and refrigerate at least for 1 hour before serving.



Nutrition Facts
Zesty Latin Quinoa Salad
Amount Per Serving (0.75 cup)
Calories 178 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Fat 10g15%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 8mg0%
Potassium 182mg5%
Carbohydrates 20g7%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 8g9%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 883IU18%
Vitamin C 31mg38%
Calcium 16mg2%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Salads
Cuisine: Latin
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Author: Enri


This salad can be prepared one or two days in advance, and it last up to 5 days when refrigerated in an airtight container.

You may like my other delicious quinoa recipes:

Cinco de Mayo Quinoa Salad

Red Quinoa Tabule

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