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Southwest Quinoa Bowl with Cilantro Dressing in white bowl

Southwest Quinoa Bowl with Cilantro Dressing

Southwest Quinoa Bowl with Cilantro Dressing is a hearty healthy grain bowl packed with amazing flavors! So easy to put together, and you will love the dressing!

Course Salad, Vegetarian
Cuisine American
Keyword quinoa bowl recipe
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 1 Serving
Calories 434 kcal
Author Sandy Clifton



  • 1/2 cup Quinoa
  • 1 cup Water
  • Pinch of Salt

The Salad

  • 1/2 Ripe Avocado, mashed
  • Pinch of Salt
  • 1 Squeeze of Lime Juice
  • 1/4 cup Corn Kernels, (fresh, froze, or canned)
  • 1/8 Red Onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup Black Beans, canned, rinsed & drained
  • 1/2 Roasted Red Pepper, sliced

Cilantro Dressing

  • 1/4 cup Mayonaise
  • 3/4 cup Sour Cream (or Greek yogurt)
  • 1 clove Garlic
  • Pinch of Salt
  • Pinch of Pepper
  • Handful of Fresh Cilantro Leaves, rinsed & chopped


  • Sliced Jalapeño
  • Cotija Cheese


Prepare Quinoa

  1. Add quinoa, water, and salt to a boil in a small saucepan. Reduce the heat to low, cover, and cook for 15 minutes.

  2. Take pan off of heat and let sit for 5 minutes.

  3. Remove lid and fluff quinoa with a fork. Quinoa is done when it looks translucent and you can see the germ (the little sprout).

  4. Set aside to cool.

Make the Dressing

  1. Add dressing ingredients to a mini food processor and pulse several times, until ingredients are well chopped and blended.

Assemble the Bowl

  1. When Quinoa has cooled (you can serve it warm, but I don’t recommend hot), transfer to a bowl.

  2. Mash the avocado with the salt and lime juice. Place in bowl with quinoa.

  3. Add the corn, onion, black beans, and roasted red pepper to the bowl.

  4. Drizzle with the cilantro dressing and garnish as desired.