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Charred Corn & Avocado Quinoa Salad

Quinoa Salad with charred corn, avocado, poblano peppers, cotija cheese, and a simple cilantro lime dressing. This healthy gluten-free salad is a summer favorite!

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Yes, I am posting another quinoa salad. I hope you aren’t rolling your eyes at me right now because you need this Charred Corn & Avocado Quinoa Salad in your life. It’s a keeper!

I know I kind of have a quinoa obsession, but I post what we eat and this summer we are on a quinoa kick. I hope you are getting on board with quinoa because it’s pretty amazing! And if you haven’t tried quinoa, it’s not too late, you should start with this Charred Corn & Avocado Quinoa Salad. You will be hooked for life.

Charred Corn & Avocado Quinoa Salad Recipe on A simple and healthy summer salad!

For this salad, I used red quinoa because it’s what we had in our cabinet and I do love the color it adds. You can use regular quinoa if that is what you have on hand. I like to buy our quinoa in bulk at Whole Foods or at Costco. It’s pretty easy to find these days.


Sweet corn is so good right now. We stop by a local farmers stand almost every day and pick up a few ears for dinner. It’s a summer staple at our house. For this salad, we charred the corn on the grill before adding it to the salad. I love the smoky flavor it adds. We also charred poblano peppers on the grill. Poblano peppers are a mild pepper, so don’t be afraid to add them in. They won’t burn your tongue off:)


The quinoa salad also has avocados and cotija cheese. They add a wonderful creaminess to the salad. Cotija cheese is a Mexican cheese and can be found at most markets. If you can’t find it, feta cheese is a good substitute. The cilantro lime dressing is light, refreshing, and simple to make!

We’ve made this Charred Corn & Avocado Quinoa Salad several times and every time I love it more! I could eat it every day for the rest of the summer…and maybe I will! I think you should too! Enjoy!

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Charred Corn and Avocado Quinoa Salad

Yield: Serves 6-8

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Quinoa Salad with charred corn, avocado, poblano peppers, cotija cheese, and a simple cilantro lime dressing. This gluten-free salad is a summer favorite!


2 cups water
1 cup red quinoa
Pinch of salt
2 ears grilled sweet corn, kernels removed from cob
2 roasted poblano peppers, diced
1/3 cup chopped cilantro
1/3 cup cotija cheese
2 avocados, chopped, pit and skin removed

For the dressing:
1/4 cup olive oil
Juice of 2 limes
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon chopped cilantro
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
Salt and black pepper, to taste


1. Using a strainer, rinse the quinoa under cold water. Add quinoa, water, and salt to a medium saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat. Boil for 5 minutes. Turn the heat to low and simmer for about 15 minutes, or until water is absorbed. Remove from heat and fluff with a fork. Let quinoa cool to room temperature.

2. In a large bowl, combine quinoa, sweet corn, poblano peppers, cilantro, cotija cheese, and avocados.

3. To make the dressing, whisk together olive oil, lime juice, garlic, cumin, cilantro, salt, and pepper in a small bowl. Pour dressing over the salad and stir until mixed well. Taste salad and season with salt and pepper, if desired. Serve immediately or chilled.

Note-Place the corn and poblano peppers on a hot grill until they are black and charred. Remove the black skin on the peppers, and dice. If you can't find red quinoa you can use regular quinoa. Cotija cheese is a Mexican cheese and you can find it at most markets. If you can't find it, feta is a good substitution. This salad will keep in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.

Recipe from Whitney, our sister-in-law

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71 Responses to “Charred Corn & Avocado Quinoa Salad”

  1. Emily @ Life on Food — July 17, 2013 @ 6:14 am

    I am throwing charred corn into pretty much everything this year. So good! And avocado. Yes, I think I would like that very much!

  2. Nothing like charred corn in the summer! I simply love it! Yum!!!

  3. Laura | My Little Gourmet — July 17, 2013 @ 7:27 am

    YUM! I love charred corn. And avocado. And lime juice. And quinoa. I’m thinking I’m gonna like this salad… :)

  4. I can’t believe I’ve never charred corn. Must try it soon. Usually I don’t get for anything cook dark but maybe I’ll like it. Thanks for inspiration.

  5. Jess @ Gas Stove Girl — July 17, 2013 @ 8:10 am

    I have tried to love quinoa — but I just can’t eat it. My tummy just does not want it! Any other grain suggestions for this yummy looking salad? Thanks!


    • Two Peas replied: — July 17th, 2013 @ 8:23 am

      You could try farro, rice, or orzo?

  6. This salad is straight up summer in a bowl! Looks lovely!

  7. Kim @ Hungry Healthy Girl — July 17, 2013 @ 8:41 am

    Love quinoa salads! I buy quinoa in bulk from Costco. I just recently grilled corn and loved it, so I can’t wait to try this!

  8. Cassie — July 17, 2013 @ 8:51 am

    I am all about quinoa salads lately. I love the charred corn + cotija cheese in this one!

  9. Felicia — July 17, 2013 @ 9:00 am

    Could you maybe share some tips on roasting peppers on the grill? I have only roasted them in the oven.

  10. Felicia — July 17, 2013 @ 9:02 am

    Sorry I just saw that at the bottom of the recipe, but I can’t seem to delete my previous comment.

  11. Brianna — July 17, 2013 @ 9:27 am

    Yummy summer recipe maria! Love the charred corn. :)

  12. Steph — July 17, 2013 @ 9:29 am

    Sounds like a great recipe. Any ideas on the dressing if you’re not a cilantro lover?

  13. Tieghan — July 17, 2013 @ 9:35 am

    You can never have to much quinoa or charred corn! I love this!

  14. Marian (Sweetopia) — July 17, 2013 @ 9:54 am

    Love this – you always have the best ideas!

  15. Erica — July 17, 2013 @ 9:57 am

    YUM! We’re having a party at my aunt’s this weekend- I think I need to bring this!!

  16. Jenny Flake — July 17, 2013 @ 10:11 am

    Love love love charred corn, you’ll see it in my salad Friday too. Mmm!

  17. megan {Country Cleaver} — July 17, 2013 @ 10:23 am

    Totally keep it up with this quinoa kick!! Totally gorg!

  18. HeatherChristo — July 17, 2013 @ 10:30 am

    I just love salads like this- it is so pretty and I am sure, delicious!

  19. Julie @ Table for Two — July 17, 2013 @ 10:47 am

    this looks so pretty and delicious! i love that you used quinoa in this! the charred corn and avocado is so up my alley!

  20. marla — July 17, 2013 @ 10:55 am

    Such a great way to prepare quinoa!

  21. Kristi — July 17, 2013 @ 11:09 am

    Okay, so I have to admit that I have never heard of cotija cheese
    What kind of cheese would that be?

  22. marcie@flavorthemoments — July 17, 2013 @ 11:34 am

    You always come up with such terrific, festive salads. I need to revisit quinoa. I ran out quite some time ago, and I’ve seen too many good recipes utilizing it lately, this one included. Looks delicious!

  23. I could eat buckets full of this quinoa salad! Love the addition of corn!

  24. Liz — July 17, 2013 @ 12:05 pm

    I like this recipe. Thank you and have a great day.

  25. Maria Tadic — July 17, 2013 @ 12:51 pm

    I love dishes like this! So easy and delicious. I could eat “quinoa bowls” for every meal!!!

  26. Sommer @ ASpicyPerspective — July 17, 2013 @ 1:28 pm

    Love grilled corn in just about anything! Great salad recipe!

  27. I tell ya, Maria. You make the most gorgeous, scrumptious lookin’ quinoa salads! This looks so delicious.

  28. naomi — July 17, 2013 @ 1:46 pm

    The charred corn is such a great way kick up this salad! Love it!

  29. Maria – this salad is causing me great job, it looks like the perfect solution to a hot summery night!

  30. Carla @ Carlas Confections — July 17, 2013 @ 2:27 pm

    I am loving that charred corn! So amazing!

  31. Jessica Ford — July 17, 2013 @ 2:41 pm

    Maria, this salad looks amazing! I can’t wait to try it. I make quinoa all the time for my family. I recently tried a salad from a local deli that I’m going to make at home. I think you might like it too. It’s quinoa, wheat berries, spinach, craisins, chopped mango, red onion, green onion, and an orange vinaigrette. So delicious! It reminded me of you.

  32. Jamie — July 17, 2013 @ 3:47 pm

    Totally sympathize with your quinoa obsession… this is beautiful!

  33. Catherine — July 17, 2013 @ 6:33 pm

    I don’t have a grill :( would non-charred corn still be good in this?

  34. Joanne — July 17, 2013 @ 10:21 pm

    I am pretty obsessed with corn likely so I daresay you’re right….just one bite of this and I”ll be hooked!

  35. Brianna — July 17, 2013 @ 10:41 pm

    I just had this for dinner and HOLEY MOLEY! So delicious. Loved it.

  36. Des @ Life's Ambrosia — July 17, 2013 @ 11:54 pm

    Love love love this! I love anything quinoa and the fact that you put charred corn AND avocado in it makes it pretty irresistible.

  37. Cookin Canuck — July 18, 2013 @ 8:29 am

    Anyone who says that quinoa is boring needs to take one look at this salad – I’m sure their minds would be changed. This looks wonderful, Maria!

  38. Oh Yum! I’ve been wanting to try a quinoa recipe and this one looks like I won’t gross my husband out! Woohoo! Thanks :)

  39. I love quinoa too so you can keep the recipes coming! I love the charred corn too!

  40. avocado, corn, and quinoa – 3 of my summer favorites. This salad looks incredible!

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