Southwestern Steak & Quinoa Salad

Southwestern Steak & Quinoa Salad. Recipe from The Tasty Fork. #healthyrecipe #proteinrecipe

I love healthy food when it doesn’t taste like healthy food. We all know there is nothing more sad than diet food. Boring salads, bland chicken breasts, pretending that fat free-sugar free pudding is a dessert – No Thanks!

If I’m going to post a healthy salad recipe, trust me, it’s going to be delicious. If you haven’t tried quinoa yet, what are you waiting for?? It’s packed with protein, has lots of fiber and iron. It’s very versatile but I think it pairs great with vegetables. To give quinoa the most flavor possible, I always cook it in some kind of stock. It absorbs the flavor while it’s cooking. Since I was going for a Southwestern vibe for this meal, I added cumin to the stock and I could of eaten the quinoa just like that. Keep that trick in mind if you’re ever looking for a quick side dish. Quinoa + Stock + Seasoning = OMG SO GOOD!

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Once the quinoa is cooked, add the Cilantro Lime & Honey dressing immediately along with the vegetables. You can pick your favorites, but the veggies I selected are corn, black beans, avocado, orange peppers, tomatoes, squash and onion.

To make this meal a bit more hearty, I made a citrus marinade for skirt steak. It had a lot of the same flavors that’s in the quinoa salad. If you aren’t familiar with cooking skirt steak, Jaden has an excellent step by step tutorial on The Tasty Kitchen. I highly recommend checking it out!

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This recipe is quick and easy! Perfect thing to eat after a busy day. It’s also a meal you can feel good about eating. It’s rich in protein, gluten free, dairy free and visually appealing. It’s so delicious – your family won’t know they’re eating a healthy meal. :)

Southwestern Steak & Quinoa Salad


    For The Steak:
  • 1.5 flank steak, trimmed of visible fat
  • Juice 2 limes
  • 1 tbsp orange juice
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 tbsp fresh chopped cilantro
  • 1/2 jalapeno, minced
  • 1 tbsp ground cumin
  • 2 tsp sweet smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp ground cayenne pepper
  • 2 tsp olive oil, divided
  • For the Quinoa Salad:
  • 1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh cilantro
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • 2 cups stock
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 squash, chopped
  • 1 (10 oz) can corn, drained
  • 1 (10 oz) can black beans, drained & rinses
  • 1 tomato, diced
  • 1 pepper, any color
  • 1 avocado, diced


    To make Steak:
  1. 1. Season steak with salt & pepper on both sides. Place in a resealable bag. To make marinade, combine lime juice and the next 7 ingredients. Add 1 tsp of oil; stir. Add to bag with steak. Seal and massage bag to coat beef. Refrigerate for 2 hours or overnight
  2. 2. Heat remaining 1 tsp oil in a cast iron grill pan on medium. Add steak and cook for 2 to 3 minutes per side for medium-rare. Remove steak from pan, cover loosely with foil and let rest for about 3 minutes. Slice across the grain into thin slices. Serve with quinoa salad.
  3. To make Quinoa Salad:
  4. 1. Make dressing by combining lemon juice, oil, honey & cilantro in a small bowl. Stir and taste; add salt & pepper. Set aside.
  5. 2. In a medium sauce pan, add stock, cumin and quinoa. Over medium heat, bring to a boil. Cover with a lid and simmer for 15 minutes. When all of the liquid is gone, remove from heat and let it sit for 5 minutes. Fluff with fork and add quinoa to a large bowl. Pour dressing over quinoa.
  6. 3. In a skillet coated with cooking spray, add onion and squash. Cook until soft, 8 minutes. Add onion mixture to the bowl with quinoa.
  7. 4. Add the rest of the salad ingredients to the quinoa. Fold ingredients until well combined. Salad can be served immediately or kept in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 2 days.
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9 Responses

  1. Easy Vegetarian Recipe: Asian Quinoa Bowl | The Tasty Fork says

    […] love cooking with quinoa. I like to use it instead of rice or couscous since quinoa has so many health benefits. This easy vegetarian recipe has Asian flavors I love! […]

  2. Christie - Food Done Light says

    Love the combo of spices and especially the OJ in the steak marinade. I always over cook my quinoa. I’m going to try it again because yours looks so good. Thanks for sharing on Thursdays Treasures.

    • admin says

      Christie, as soon as I see the liquid has evaporated, I take the quinoa off of the heat. I’ll set a timer for 10 minutes and then check in minute intervals until I see all of the liquid is gone. Hope that helps!

  3. Betty Jo says

    How beautiful and it sounds delicious. I’m learning to like Quinoa and collecting recipes that feature it. Thanks for posting!

    • admin says

      Quinoa grows on you. I first had it in a burrito instead of rice and I didn’t know if I liked it. So I kept playing with using quinoa in recipes. I find using stock and some kind of dry seasoning really helps with giving it flavor.

  4. Jennifer @ Jenmi Jenmi says

    Wow! This looks so tasty, I love quinoa. I found you on Grow Your Blog – Blog Hop. Have a great weekend. :-)

    • admin says

      Hi Jennifer. I love GYB Hop! I always try to visit 5 other blogs. It’s a lot of fun!!

  5. Amy Tong says

    Amen! :) I hate healthy food that tastes like diet food. Your Southwestern Steak and Quinoa Salad looks scrumptious and delicious. This is definitely my favorite way to eat healthy…and be able to enjoy the food that we consume. ;)

    • admin says

      Thanks, Amy!! I’m glad you’re against bland diet food too!


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