Southwestern Quinoa Salad

Are you ready for this? Here's Amelia in her Amelia Earhart costume:

Stinkin' adorable, right? My husband and I had so much fun showing her off on Wednesday. She had no idea why we kept dragging her to all these different houses but seemed to enjoy people smiling at her and telling her she was cute.

Even though we didn't take any candy from any of the houses we visited, we still have an awfully large amount of candy left over from Halloween. And I still ate an awfully large amount of candy in the past couple days. And I might still feel slightly sick from said candy. That's why something like this salad looks twice as good as normal. It's a healthy change from all the junk food eating that I've been doing, and a welcome change at that. It is delicious, easy and pretty, and has just the right balance of spiciness, crunchiness and flavor. If you're needing to redeem yourself from a few too many peanut butter cups or just want an easy, healthy lunch, this salad is perfect. 

Southwestern Quinoa Salad

HeatOvenTo350 Published 10/26/2012
Southwestern Quinoa Salad


  • 1/4 cup fresh lime or lemon juice (from 2 or 3 limes or lemons)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp salt plus more to taste
  • 2 3/4 cup water
  • 1 1/2 cups quinoa
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh or frozen corn
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 3 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 large jalapeno, diced (ribs and seeds removed)
  • 1/4 cup coarsely chopped cilantro


  1. Whisk together lime or lemon juice, cumin, chili powder, garlic, oil, and 1/4 teaspoon salt.
  2. Bring the water to a boil in a small saucepan. Add quinoa, allow to boil then reduce heat to simmer. Cook for about 15 minutes until the quinoa has absorbed the water. Turn off heat and fluff quinoa with a fork.
  3. Put quinoa in a large serving bowl and add corn, red pepper, green onions, jalapeno, cilantro, and the dressing. Add salt to taste.
Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 5 min
Cook time: 15 min
Recipe Source: adapted from newlybread.wordpress.com

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Adorable! And the baby is not to bad, either.

Seriously, though, Amelia is so cute! The costume is wonderful.

Oh my word, I can barely handle the cuteness - that is the BEST costume! Amelia is adorable :)

Surprisingly I haven't eaten that much candy this week. Bacon has been my downfall, so I should probably reach for the quinoa instead too...

That picture just made my day! Awesome!

Oh my god, I can't stand how freaking cute Amelia is! And that costume only makes her cuter...if that's at all possible. Love it :)

What a beautiful little girl and the perfect costume for her. Well done!

Aww, little Amelia! She's precious as a little pilot lady, haha. Glad to hear you had a fun Halloween. This quinoa looks like just the thing I should be eating to detox from all the candy!

The baby pictures are beyond adorable! Love it, such a CUTE idea!!

Adorable costume! Where did you find it? I've been looking for one for my 2 year old daughter (totally obsessed with airplanes!)

Thank you so much for the compliment. My husband actually made the costume himself. He's one of those annoyingly crafty people who don't seem to need patterns, so I can't even point you to one. We did find some pretty impressive leather-like fabric at JoAnn that really worked well for it, if that helps. Good luck!

I'm working on an Amelia Earhart costume for my Amelia this year! Yours is perfect!

Where did you find pants & shoes?

hello I read that your husband made this costume I was wondering if you could tell me where you got the hat or if he made that as well?

He made the hat as well. The goggles are just adult swim goggles we painted and the hat is made of imitation leather from JoAnn fabric.

and the jacket? i cant find one anywhere!

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