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Southwestern Quinoa Bowl

Who doesn’t get excited about tossing a bunch of ingredients in a bowl with a smoky southwestern vinaigrette?

Southwestern Quinoa Bowl - veggies, beans, and cheese tossed in a smoky vinaigrette

When one of my coworkers asked for a vegetarian entree option a while back I remembered how few I have here. Even quite a few of my salads have meat in them. Obviously this is not a bad thing, but remember I am married to a hunter.

Last time I made a vegetarian dish for us, John was very pleased. And again when he tried this Southwestern Quinoa Bowl he gave it two thumbs up! So from now on I am going to try to add more meatless meals to our menu rotation.

Southwestern Quinoa Bowl | A delicious, filling, meatless meal that will please both vegetarians and meat lovers!

As you saw last week with the salsa recipe I can usually only go only 1-2 weeks without Mexican food. And then when you have 27 days until Cinco de Mayo I get a little giddy. Don’t judge me that I am keeping count.

But there’s always a big shin dig going on at our house for it! And this Southwestern Quinoa Bowl  is the perfect option for those who want a vegetarian option or one that is not covered with lots of queso. Or just be like me and enjoy both!

Quinoa topped with black beans, corn, roasted red peppers, avocado and feta then drizzled in a smoky southwestern vinaigrette

Southwestern Quinoa Bowl

Servings 2 bowls


  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 1 cup black beans rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup corn
  • 1/2 cup diced roasted red peppers
  • 1/3 cup crumbled feta
  • 1 avocado sliced
  • 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro

Smoky Southwestern Vinaigrette

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons white balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 3/4 teaspoon Mexican oregano
  • Pinch of cayenne


  • Cook quinoa according to directions.
  • Whisk together all ingredients of the vinaigrette and set aside.

To Make the Quinoa Bowls

  • Divide the black beans, corn, peppers, feta, avocado, quinoa and cilantro into two separate bowls.
  • Pour in as little or as much vinaigrette as you would like. Toss to combine.

Southwestern Quinoa Bowl - Easy to make and full of flavor!

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Monday 9th of May 2016

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Michelle | A Latte Food

Monday 11th of April 2016

Wow, this looks amazing! I rarely have vegetarian meals either--I guess I just don't think about it! But, I definitely have to try this--I don't think I'd even miss the meat!

Ashlyn @ Belle of the Kitchen

Sunday 10th of April 2016

This looks beyond amazing and I LOVE that you added feta in here! I'm a feta addict!

Laura / I Heart Naptime

Saturday 9th of April 2016

Yum! This looks perfect for me to make this weekend for my husband and I to have for lunches this week!

Andi @ The Weary Chef

Saturday 9th of April 2016

This is a perfect vegan meal! I love quinoa and this looks awesome! Can't wait to try!

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