Simple Spicy Quinoa Bean Salad

This ridiculously easy spicy quinoa bean salad is perfect for Summer!

Quinoa Bean Salad- Emma's Little Kitchen

I don’t know about you, but I’m always a little flummoxed when asked to bring a “dish to pass” to a social gathering. I overthink it. I scan pinterest looking for a showstopping recipe, I integrate my poor husband, I over analyze, I get flustered. Nobody wants the to be the bringer of the dreaded “untouched” salad, but why do I torture myself so?! Usually the most popular dish at any potluck is simple, delicious, and easy to prepare. So relax, I’ve got you (and myself!) covered with this ridiculously easy and tasty spicy quinoa bean salad.

Spicy Bean and Quinoa Salad- Emma's Little


Simple Spicy Quinoa Bean Salad
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Ridiculously easy spicy quinoa bean salad, perfect for Summer!
Serves: 4-6
  • ½ sweet onion or red onion, finely chopped
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • ½ cup quinoa
  • 1 red pepper, finely chopped
  • 1 tin kidney beans/2 cups cooked kidney beans (or any other bean you have to hand!)
  • 2 cups frozen sweetcorn (no need to thaw)
  • 1-2 tbsp hot sauce depending on how spicy you like it
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp cumin
  1. Place the chopped onions in a large bowl, squeeze in the lime juice, and place in the fridge while you prepare the other ingredients
  2. Cook the quinoa, and add to the onion-lime mix
  3. Chop the pepper, and add to the onion-lime mix
  4. Add the beans, sweetcorn, hot sauce, olive oil and cumin. Give everything a good mix, and pop back in the fridge for half an hour or so to let the flavours mingle!



  1. adina says:

    Such a happy looking salad! I know what you mean about thinking too much about what to bring to a gathering. What I dislike most about this kind of parties is that you tend to be served the same salads over and over again everywhere you go, so I mostly try to be a bit more original. Quinoa would definitely be original, I am pretty sure many around here have never heard of it. And it always tastes so good .

  2. Sunny says:

    This looks fantastic! I would really love to print it out neatly on one page but the print button does not seem to want to work. Is it just my computer? Thanks!

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