Make this spicy poblano, corn, black bean and quinoa salad recipe to serve with whatever you're grilling, or have a larger portion as a main dish. To use canned beans, skip Step 1 and add about 2 1/2 cups beans in Step 7.

Anna Thomas
Source: EatingWell Magazine, July/August 2013


Recipe Summary

1 hr 30 mins


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Instructions Checklist
  • Combine 8 cups water, beans and garlic in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook the beans until tender, 1 to 1 1/4 hours. Add 1/2 teaspoon salt and simmer another 10 to 15 minutes so the salt can flavor the beans. Drain and discard garlic; let cool.

  • Meanwhile, preheat broiler to high.

  • Place peppers on a baking sheet and broil 3 to 4 inches from heat source, turning often, until blistered and charred, 8 to 15 minutes total. Transfer to a paper bag and seal or place in a bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Let stand 10 minutes. Peel the peppers and discard the stems, ribs and seeds. Tear the peppers into fat strips and cut the strips in 1-inch lengths.

  • Bring 4 cups water to a boil in a medium saucepan. Add quinoa and 1/4 teaspoon salt; boil until tender but still crunchy, 10 to 14 minutes. Drain well and spread on a plate to cool.

  • Meanwhile, bring another pot of water to a boil. Add corn and cook for 3 minutes. Let cool slightly, then slice the kernels off the cobs with a sharp knife.

  • Heat 1 1/2 tablespoons oil in a medium nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Cook, stirring frequently, until limp and speckled with charred spots, 4 to 8 minutes. Stir in cumin.

  • Combine the beans, the peppers, the corn, the onion and cheese in a large bowl. Add the remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt and toss. Add the remaining 5 tablespoons oil and lime juice and toss again. Gently stir in the quinoa.

  • Just before serving, stir in the tomatoes and cilantro. Serve the salad with avocado and lime wedges.


Make Ahead Tip: Prepare through Step 7, cover and refrigerate for up to 1 day. Finish with Step 8 just before serving.

Tip: Toasting brings out the flavor in spices like the cumin. Toast seeds in a dry skillet over medium heat, stirring, until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Transfer to a plate to cool. Grind with a spice mill or mortar and pestle.

Give grains a cooldown: To cool grains down quickly, spread them out on a foil-lined baking sheet. The surface area helps speed cooling, while the foil prevents any residual flavors on the pan from seeping in.

Nutrition Facts

256 calories; protein 8.4g 17% DV; carbohydrates 28.3g 9% DV; exchange other carbs 2; dietary fiber 7g 28% DV; sugars 5.4g; fat 13.5g 21% DV; saturated fat 3.2g 16% DV; cholesterol 8.7mg 3% DV; vitamin a iu 505.2IU 10% DV; vitamin c 42.4mg 71% DV; folate 116.9mcg 29% DV; calcium 78.4mg 8% DV; iron 1.9mg 11% DV; magnesium 74.4mg 27% DV; potassium 525.9mg 15% DV; sodium 282.5mg 11% DV; thiamin 0.3mg 25% DV.

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  • 5 star values: 3
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Rating: 5 stars
I love this recipe. It does have a lot of steps and takes some time so I usually only make it once or twice a year and usually when I have friends over. It's always a hit! Worth it every time. Note that I substitute crumbled Parmesan for the cotija cheese and usually only use about half the dressing called for. Read More
Rating: 1 stars
Too complicated for the outcome Thus is too many steps and too much time for what turns out to be identical to any of the hundreds of one-pot Mexican quinoa recipes going around. Give yourself a break and make one of thise. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
The flavor and textures are fabulous in this salad. I had it as my main dish and others had mega portions. Pros: I used roasted corn to make it easier Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Very good. Will make again. To make the recipe a little simpler I used canned beans and I cut the corn off the cob and sauteed it with the onion. I forgot the garlic cumin and avocado and it was still very tasty. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Made this tonight This was so amazing! Used feta instead of the Mexican cheese because I couldn't find it. A great Fourth of July feast. Paired it with the Flag cake from your website what a great dinner! Read More