Cowboy Caviar Quinoa Salad – A healthy and delicious appetizer, side or entree, perfect scooped up with fresh endive or tortilla chips! Ready in 30 minutes and great for meal prep too!
I love quinoa salads and this Cowboy Caviar Quinoa Salad is as simple as can be. Inspired by this Texas Caviar recipe, It’s well-balanced, full of protein, fiber and many other nutrients to keep you feeling at your best!
I hope you all have come to love quinoa and can find it at a reasonable price. I buy mine from a bulk bin for just under $3 a pound at my local health conscious store. If you can’t find it for a decent price in your local stores, check online for the best possible prices and have it delivered to you. I have had great success with Vitacost.com, they have decent prices and ship fast!
For a reasonably priced fair trade quinoa that ranges from $6 to $10 a pouch (depending on the color), check Alter Eco. They also have other fair trade items. Also, be sure to tell your grocery store manager to carry these items in the future.
Quinoa is such a versatile grain, is full of protein and fiber and should be a staple in your healthy kitchen! Find all the delicious quinoa recipes on TSV for inspiration!
Now back to this Cowboy Caviar Quinoa Salad…
Cowboy Caviar Quinoa Salad
Usually, cowboy caviar is made without quinoa and served as a dip of sorts along with tortilla chips to scoop. Here we are going to serve it along side scooping leafy greens making this a super healthy snack or main meal. Try making lettuce wraps too!
This quinoa cowboy caviar salad is loaded with nutrition and has just the right amount of flavor, and I know you will enjoy it as much as I have. It’s also a one pot meal, making it an easy dish to put together. This easy quinoa salad is vegan, gluten free, low fat, and oil free!
I love not using spoons or forks with this, but of course depending on the style of lettuce you choose, you may need a little help from your utensils. The sturdy endive leaves worked like a charm for scooping up this salad all the way to the end. Also romaine, radicchio, bibb lettuce would make great vessels too. Fresh lettuce makes for extra freshness to this dish, and is a perfect match!
More Quinoa Salad Inspiration
- Cherry, Pistachio + Mint Quinoa Salad
- Kale & Quinoa Salad
- Greek Chickpea & Quinoa Salad
- Spinach + Berry Quinoa Salad
- Quinoa Salad with Orange, Cranberry & Mint
If you try this quinoa cowboy caviar recipe, please let me know! Leave a comment and rate it below. I love to hear what you think, or any changes you make.
COWBOY CAVIAR QUINOA SALAD
Come one, come all – gather round this healthy quinoa cowboy caviar and feast!
- Prep Time: 15 min
- Cook Time: 15 min
- Total Time: 30 minutes
- Yield: Serves 4 - 6 1x
- Category: Side, Appetizer, Entree
- Cuisine: Vegan, Gluten Free
- 1 cup dried quinoa, rinsed
- 1/2 teaspoon cumin, or to taste
- 1 3/4 cups water
- 1 can (15oz.) black beans, drained and rinsed
- 1 can (15oz.) black eyed peas, drained and rinsed
- 1 fresh corn off the cob (I used a white corn) or 1 can (15oz.) corn, drained
- 1 red bell pepper, cored, seeded and diced
- 1/2 red onion, diced
- fresh cilantro, chopped and added to taste
- himalayan salt, to taste
- cracked pepper, to taste
- 1 avocado, diced
- 2 – 3 limes
- scooping greens like endive, romaine or bibb lettuce
Quinoa: In a medium size pot, add water, cumin and quinoa, bring to boil over medium high heat, reduce to a simmer and cover, cook for 15 minutes. Remove from heat, remove lid and let set for 10 minutes.
Perp Veggies: While your quinoa is cooking, prepare the bell pepper, onion and corn.
Assemble: Once quinoa is done, add the two beans, corn, red bell pepper, onion, cilantro and squeeze of 1 – 2 limes, mix well. Season with salt and pepper. Just before serving add in the diced avocado.
Serve with lime wedges and scooping leafy greens.
Serves 4 – 6
Store leftovers in and airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 – 6 days.
As with all my recipes, add more or less of any ingredient to suit your taste.