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Spicy Sweet Potato, Black Bean & Corn Quinoa Salad

This Spicy Sweet Potato, Black Bean & Corn Quinoa Salad is a delicious vegan quinoa salad that even meat eaters will love!
Course Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine American, Gluten Free, Healthy, Quinoa
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 218kcal


  • 2 sweet potatoes peeled and cut into chunks (about 5 cups)
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups frozen corn thawed
  • 2 cups cooked quinoa
  • 2 cups cooked black beans drained and rinsed (canned is fine)
  • 4 scallions sliced thin
  • ½ cup chopped cilantro
  • Dressing
  • 1 chipotle chili from a can of chipotles in adobo
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 tablespoons Thai Sweet Chile Sauce
  • cup fresh lime juice
  • ½ cup water + 1 tablespoon Chia Seeds or ½ cup extra virgin olive oil


  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or spray with oil.
  • In a large bowl combine sweet potato chunks, olive oil, coriander, cumin, chili powder and salt. Toss until well combined. Spread on prepared baking sheet in and single layer. Bake for 25 to 35 minutes, until sweet potatoes are tender. Allow the potatoes to cool slightly.
  • Meanwhile, if using chia gel in place of oil in the dressing, combine chia seeds and water and stir well. Set aside to allow a gel to form.
  • While the sweet potatoes are cooking, steam the corn for about 3 minutes. Allow to cool slightly and combine with sweet potatoes, quinoa, black beans, scallions and cilantro.
  • Make the dressing by combining the chipotle chile, garlic, chile sauce and lime juice in a blender. Process until smooth. Add in chia gel or olive oil while the blender is running and process until well combined. Salt and pepper to taste. Pour desired amount of dressing over salad. Can be served chilled or at room temperature.


Calories 279, Fat 4.9g, Carbohydrates 50.9g, Protein 11.5g, Cholesterol 0mg, Sodium 363mg, Fiber 11g, Sugars 7.8g, Weight Watchers Points Plus 7, Old Points 5


Calories: 218kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 3g | Sodium: 212mg | Potassium: 511mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 4775IU | Vitamin C: 8.5mg | Calcium: 50mg | Iron: 2.4mg