Southwest Stoplight Quinoa Salad Recipe

After my success with Camilla’s lemony lentil and quinoa salad recipe last week, I was excited to try my hand at another quinoa salad recipe.

What can I say, except I’m a creature of habit, who likes to repeat what’s working for me!

This one is a quinoa variation for Stoplight Salad featured in the Simply in Season, a fun cookbook full of recipes that celebrate fresh, local foods in the spirit of the World Community Cookbook, More-With-Less .

Southwest Stoplight Quinoa Salad

Southwest Stoplight Quinoa Salad

Once again, I’m pleasantly surprised with the results.

This colorful tasty southwest quinoa salad is great on its own as a light lunch or served alongside grilled meat, chicken or fish for an easy healthy dinner.

It’s a great gluten free Weight Watchers friendly alternative to rice, with only 4 Weight Watchers PointsPlus value per serving.


Southwest Stoplight Quinoa Salad

Southwest Stoplight Quinoa Salad

Southwest Stoplight Quinoa Salad
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A fun tasty salad named for its colors
Serves: 8
  • 2 cups cooked quinoa, cooled
  • 1 cup corn (optional)
  • 1 medium green bell pepper, diced
  • 1 medium red bell pepper, diced
  • ½ cup chopped green onions
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro, parsley or basil
For the Dressing:
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons chopped fresh oregano
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • ¾ teaspoon chili powder
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  1. In a large bowl, stir together the quinoa, corn (if using), diced peppers, green onions, and cilantro until combined.
  2. In a small bowl whisk together the olive oil, lime juice, garlic, oregano, cumin, chili powder and cayenne pepper, until well blended.
  3. Pour dressing over the salad. Toss gently. Taste and add salt and pepper to taste.
Cook's Notes
Nutritional Estimates Per Serving: 166 calories, 7 g fat, 23.2 g carbs, 3.5 g fiber, 4.6 g protein and 4 Weight Watchers PointsPlus value.
Next time I will add a can of drained and rinsed black beans

If you liked this post and recipe for southwest stoplight quinoa salad check out these links:

My recipe for fresh corn salad with tomatoes and basil
A simple recipe for tomatoes, basil and brown rice that’s easy, healthy, low fat and delicious
My post and recipe for Camilla’s Lemony Lentil and Quinoa Salad
Asian Flavored Quinoa Salad recipe brimming with good-for-you vegetables in a tasty dressing from Weight Watchers
Quinoa Salad with Zucchini and Lemon from Kitchen Parade Veggie Venture
A luscious looking healthy Southwest Quinoa Salad recipe with gorgeous step-by-step photos at Kalyn’s Kitchen

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