Detox Quinoa & Veggie Salad

A detoxifying quinoa salad bursting with flavor from tomato-sweetened quinoa, sweet bell peppers, black beans, corn, sweet potato, cherry tomatos, cilantro, and a hint of lime. 

Quinoa, Sweet Potatos, Corn, Black beans, Sweet Peppers, and more in this delicious detox salad!
Who knew eating healthy could be so fun?

Step aside fudge-filled sugar cookie bars and cookie dough frosting. This dish is seriously delicious. And perfect to get you on-track after all that holiday splurging.

I’ll be the first to admit I ate one two many slices of hot chocolate cheesecake. And those darned cookie dough ice cream bites that fooled me into thinking mini food doesn’t add up…

Detox Quinoa Salad

I’m ready for more veggies in my life. And this salad does just the trick. It’s bursting with good for you veggies. Namely sweet potatoes, sweet peppers, cherry tomatoes, and corn to start.

But feel free to adjust this salad to your liking. It’s super nice and easy that way. Switch up some veggies here or there and it will be just perfect for you. Which I truly believe you have to like the food you are eating if you want to keep on track with eating healthier.

To be able to call this salad “detoxifying” I couldn’t have it drenched in dressing. But trust me on this one, you won’t even miss a dressing. There is so much flavor from all the vegetables that a dressing seriously would have been overkill.

Quinoa and Sweet Potato Detox Salad

And don’t worry about the quinoa being bland. Because I know sometimes quinoa can be a little bland. I have just the trick to fix that.

It’s tomato bouillon. Have you tried this yet? It’s fantastic with flavoring a whole pot of quinoa. And don’t worry if you don’t like tomato, because it definitely doesn’t taste tomatoey. (Yes, I recognize this is not a word…) The tomato boullion adds so much flavor to the quinoa and just heightens the taste of this dish. I highly recommend using it in this dish and whenever you cook quinoa for that matter!

Detox Quinoa Salad

So here’s to 2014 and starting it off with a healthy detox salad! You know, so I can have some milk-chocolate meltaway cookies tomorrow…

4.8 from 6 reviews
Detox Quinoa Salad
  • 1 cup quinoa, thoroughly rinsed
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 tsp. Knorr tomato bouillon
  • 1 and 1/2 cups sweet potatoes (3 small ones)
  • 1 can corn, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup mini sweet bell peppers, de-seeded and chopped
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 3 tbsp. cilantro, finely chopped
  • Salt & Pepper, to taste
  • 1 medium lime or 3 tbsp. lime juice
  • Optional: balsamic vinegar to drizzle on the salad
  1. Combine the rinsed quinoa, water and tomato bouillon in a medium pot. Follow package instructions to cook the quinoa.
  2. Meanwhile, poke holes in the sweet potatoes and cook them in the microwave for about 5-6 minutes or until tender all the way through. Remove and let cool before peeling of the skins and chopping them into smaller pieces.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the rinsed corn, rinsed black beans, chopped mini sweet bell peppers, and cherry tomatoes.
  4. Add in the cooked quinoa and cooked sweet potatoes. Mix together.
  5. Add in the cilantro, season to taste with the salt and pepper and the lime juice.
  6. Store leftovers in the fridge in an airtight container.

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  1. says

    Yum, I love salads like this! We eat pretty healthy all the time (with indulgences – don’t get me wrong!) but I love this time of year when everyone is posting such great healthy recipes! And this looks delicious!

    • chelseamessyapron says

      I love it too! So motivating to get back on track. Like your delicious couscous salad, I need to try that out next!

  2. says

    Happy New Year:) This salad looks great Chelsea! We usually try to eat a lot of veggies and salad but definitely over indulged on heavier meals and treats over the holidays so a detox salad sounds perfect:) Love quinoa but have never tried cooking it directly with tomato bouillon but it sounds fantastic and really flavorful!

    • chelseamessyapron says

      Thanks Kelly! Happy New Year to you as well! :) I’m in the same boat haha, trying to bring in more healthy meals. I love the tomato bouillon in it, you’ll have to let me know what you think if you end up giving it a try!

  3. says

    I have just recently started getting on the quinoa bandwagon and this salad looks delicious! It has everything I have committed to eating more of in my life! Thanks for the recipe!

  4. says

    This looks so amazing! I bet I could talk my man into eating quinoa if it came with black beans and cilantro, two of his Cuban-self’s very favorite things!

  5. says

    Chelsea, this looks absolutely gorgeous! I am probably the only one around that has not tried quinoa. Now, I am going to. Everything about it looks very appetizing. I’ve just never found a great recipe… until now! I’ll let you know when I make it… pinned and printing out. (=

    • chelseamessyapron says

      Thank you so much Gloria! Oh I’m so excited you are going to try it and finally try quinoa! I hope you like it. My husband wasn’t sure about it at first, but he likes it now and I’m pretty obsessed with it! Thanks again :)

  6. Jamie @ Love Bakes Good Cakes says

    Quinoa is still fairly new to me so I love finding yummy recipes! This is so colorful, and the pictures are gorgeous! Thanks so much for linking up to Freedom Fridays ….. I’ve pinned this and shared it on FB :)

  7. says

    I LOVE a good quinoa salad. This looks fabulous! You have rekindled my quinoa salad desires and I am going to have to do something about it soon!

  8. Andrea says

    We love the tomato bouillon. We get the tomato and chicken bouillon and always use that to flavor rice and quinoa when appropriate!!

  9. Val says

    I tried this a few days ago. I was unable to find the tomato bouillion at the Navy commissary and only found quinoa that had flavors in it. I’m new to quinoa and will have to find it at another store because i love eating it. I found that this recipe was just OK. I usually love salads of this type but this one just had something missing. I experimented with different things in my individual servings to see what would improve it. I finally stumbled on it. Balsamic vinegar. a little sprinkle of that on my serving did the trick. I will be using that inthis recipe in the future.

    • chelseamessyapron says

      Thanks for commenting Val! Oh that’s a great idea to add Basalmic vinegar – I will have to try it! I didn’t want to add a dressing, because generally dressings aren’t a part of a detox, but basalmic vinegar would work perfectly and not take away from the detoxifying factors of the salad. Thanks again – I’ll add that to the post!

  10. Carrie says

    Oh my gosh. Usually detox salads are so nasty and just bland. Even though this didn’t have a dressing, I loved it so much. It was so tasty and flavorful and felt good to eat something so completely healthy. Thanks for sharing this recipe, you have a new follower.

    • chelseamessyapron says

      Haha I have definitely had some gross detox salads! Glad you enjoyed it and thanks for stopping by and commenting :)

    • chelseamessyapron says

      Thanks so much for letting me know and for showcasing that salad! I’ll definitely stop by tomorrow. Thanks again Katie :)

  11. cheryl says

    I made this and love it. It is not only delicious but very pretty with all the colors. Could you break this down as to Calories, Fat etc?

    • chelseamessyapron says

      Thanks so much Cheryl, I’m glad you liked it! Okay I just crunched the numbers and have a nutrition label I’m adding to the bottom of the post!

  12. Christien says

    Oh my! I have found your website thru Recipe Girl’s crock pot post last week. I just love your recipe’s. Keep up the great work.

    • chelseamessyapron says

      Oh what a fun comment to receive! Thank you so much Christien – this really meant a lot to me! :) Have a wonderful week!

  13. Sommer says

    Looks great! My only issue is with the tomato boullion. I finally found about 5 different brands (!) including Knorr & they all have MSG as a top ingredient. I’m not a health nut, but thst worries me! Have you found any w/out MSG? Thanks!

    • chelseamessyapron says

      You are totally fine to leave out the tomato boullion. It adds flavor to the quinoa which I like but is definitely not necessary!

  14. Phyllis DeWar says

    I am going to try this. It’s been hard trying to find healthy kidney friendly meals. I’m glad I stumbled on it.

  15. Lauren says

    I made this today and it was delish. The only thing is I put feta and balsamic vinaigrette on mine. I would recommend this to anyone. Super delish :)

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