It can be pretty difficult to commit to healthy eating during the winter.

The cold can sap some of your energy when you get home from work and make stopping for fast food on the way home or tossing a frozen or processed meal in the oven or microwave very appealing. When it gets cold you may also lean more towards heavier and filling comfort foods like fried chicken or pasta dishes to keep you warm.

We want to help you stay healthy AND full this winter, so we’re going to help you out with this warm, filling and nutritious quinoa salad recipe!

Loaded with quinoa, black beans, onion, peppers and avocado, this salad has everything you need for a complete and healthy dinner or even lunch. The protein you get from the quinoa and black beans will also help this dish fill you up without weighing you down.

Not only that, but this dish lets you eat healthy without much work. With only 6 simple steps and very little prep work outside of cooking the quinoa, you can prepare a healthy, warm and delicious lunch or dinner in less than 30 minutes.

For an elegant presentation, cut avocados in half and fill with salad, then sprinkle cilantro on top. Alternatively, mix in chopped avocados and cilantro to amp up the flavor profile of this salad.

Using vegetable broth or water, this recipe is 100% vegan-friendly! But, if you want a little extra protein and are OK with meat, add some grilled chicken to the mix for even bigger flavors.

This is a wonderful meal prep recipe too! Make a bigger batch and prepare a couple of containers for meals throughout the week.

Black Bean, Corn and Quinoa Salad

Black Bean, Corn and Quinoa Salad


  • 1 cup quinoa, any color
  • 2 cups chicken, vegetable broth or water
  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • 1 14-oz. jar Randall Beans Black Beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 small orange or red sweet pepper, seeded and chopped
  • ½ red onion, chopped
  • ¼ cup toasted pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
  • 1 lime, zested & juiced
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • ½ tsp. ground cumin
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Optional: Avocados, cilantro


  1. Prepare quinoa according to package directions using broth or water.
  2. When quinoa is finished cooking, stir in frozen corn and let stand until corn is warm.
  3. In large bowl, whisk together lime juice and zest, cumin, olive oil, salt and pepper.
  4. Add Randall Beans Black Beans, sweet pepper, and red onion and stir to mix.
  5. Add the quinoa/corn mixture and stir.
  6. Sprinkle pepitas on top.
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Want more ways to stay warm and eat healthy during the colder months? Grab your copy of our Sensational Soups cookbook. This collection is loaded with healthy, simple and tasty soups and stews perfect for the fall and winter.