Cumin-Lime Quinoa Salad | Koko's Kitchen

Cumin-Lime Quinoa Salad | Koko's Kitchen

I love me a quinoa salad when I’m looking for something fresh and tasty but packed full of protein. Quinoa is an awesome little grain (well, seed technically speaking) and it contains about 8 grams of protein per cup. Mixing it with black beans for extra protein and lots of fresh vegetables makes it even healthier. Bring this to your next summer event like a potluck or barbecue and help everyone to nourish their guts in the yummiest way!!

The cumin-lime vinaigrette is a nice smoky accompaniment to this dish with just a little kick to it. I got my chipotle olive oil at Coastal Olive Oils and I just love it because it isn’t too overpowering. If you can’t get your hands on some chipotle-infused olive oil, you can probably just use regular olive oil and add a pinch of chipotle powder to it.

Cumin-Lime Quinoa Salad | Koko's Kitchen

Cumin- Lime Quinoa Salad (serves a bunch!)

A cold quinoa salad tossed with fresh veggies, herbs, beans and a smoky cumin-lime vinaigrette


  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 2 cups water
  • pinch of salt

Bring quinoa, salt and water to a boil in a sauce pan. Cover and reduce heat to low. Let simmer 15 minutes.

While quinoa is cooking, prepare the vinaigrette and the salad.

Remove lid from quinoa and fluff with a fork. Add half of the vinaigrette to the quinoa. Set aside and let cool.

Cumin-Lime Quinoa Salad | Koko's KitchenCumin-Lime Vinaigrette:

  • juice and zest of one lime
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon coconut sugar
  • 1/2 cup chipotle olive oil

Whisk together all ingredients. Set aside.

Cumin-Lime Quinoa Salad | Koko's Kitchen


  • 2 cups romaine, shredded
  • 1/2 can of black beans (roughly 1 cup)
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1/2 – 3/4 cup corn kernels (roughly 1 ear of corn, cooked or 1 small can, drained)
  • 1 avocado, pitted and diced
  • 1 cup grape or cherry tomatoes, halved
  • several sprigs of cilantro, finely chopped
  • a few sprigs cilantro, chopped

Toss all of the salad ingredients together with the cooled quinoa and the remaining vinaigrette. Enjoy!

Cumin-Lime Quinoa Salad | Koko's Kitchen

  • Looks like a delicious end of the summer salad!! 😀

  • I love quinoa too! This is one beautiful summery salad!

  • Thanks GiGi!! 🙂

  • Thank you Angie!! 🙂


    What a great salad! It has everything. The cumin lime and avocado are great together. Quinoa salad is still popular in our house. Love it.

  • Teresa (onewetfoot.ca)

    That salad would be perfect in this heat – lovely, healthy, and tasty!

  • Thanks Teresa!!

  • Thank you! I love the cumin and lime and avocado together 🙂

  • A wonderful salad! Perfect to enjoy in these hot days! I made a similar recipe last night but will post it soon! xxxx

  • For me, the key to a great quinoa salad is the dressing, and your vinaigrette sounds wonderful. It’s got all those flavours that I love – cumin, lime, smoked paprika ❤️ This salad could be a great option for school/work lunchboxes. It would certainly brighten them up!