This Easy Vegan Mexican Quinoa Salad is full of delicious flavor and a variety of textures while offering nutritious ingredients.  It is simple to prepare and uses mostly pantry ingredients you likely have on hand like dry quinoa and canned black beans.  It has a Southwestern flavored dressing that makes this quinoa salad so addictive.  This quinoa salad holds up well for a couple days in the refrigerator making it an excellent meal prep option.

Easy Vegan Mexican Quinoa Salad

Easy Vegan Mexican Quinoa Salad

This Easy Vegan Mexican Quinoa Salad seems so simple and yet every time I make it I’m so amazed and how good it is!  All you need to prepare this salad is quinoa, black beans, green onions, red bell pepper, red onion and cilantro.  The quinoa and black beans provide plant-based protein while the red bell pepper offers immune-boosting vitamin C.   The dressing is simple too: olive oil, lime juice, maple syrup, cumin, garlic and salt.  Boom!  You are done! 

Mexican Quinoa Salad

How to Make Easy Vegan Mexican Quinoa Salad

I make the quinoa using my Perfectly Cooked Quinoa Method: Stovetop or Instant Pot.  While the quinoa cooks I whisk the dressing together in the serving bowl.  Then, I chop up my veggies and herbs.  When the quinoa is done I toss everything together and enjoy immediately or store for meal prep. 

Vegan Mexican Quinoa Salad 

Health Benefits of Quinoa

Quinoa is one of my favorite pantry staples.  It is light and absorbs flavor wonderfully.  It adds great texture to salads.  It is so easy to prepare and offers such amazing health benefits.  It is loaded with fiber (one serving has over 5 grams) and is considered a complete protein with all eight essential amino acids.  This makes it a great source of plant-based protein for vegans.  In fact, it has more protein than any other grain.  Quinoa is a good source of folate, magnesium, iron, phosphorus and many phytochemicals.  It also offers important minerals such as calcium, potassium, copper and zinc.