Black Quinoa Salad with Mango, Avocado, & Tomatoes

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Last week I made a Black Quinoa Salad with Mango, Avocado, and Tomatoes. Josh absolutely loved the salad. He can’t stop talking about it. He has been bugging me for a week to post the recipe. He said everyone needs this recipe! So hopefully you will enjoy this salad as much as he did:) This healthy salad is easy to make and is great as a main dish or side dish.

If you haven’t tried quinoa, what are you waiting for? Quinoa is actually a seed that is high in protein and gluten free. It has a slightly nutty flavor and a nice crunchy texture. We used black quinoa for this salad, but any quinoa will do if you can’t find the black variety. (We found black quiona at Whole Foods).

I added all of my favorite flavors to this salad: mango, avocado, tomatoes, green onions, and cilantro.

I whisked together a simple dressing of fresh lime juice, olive oil, and a hint of cumin and combined everything in a large bowl.

I love the contrast of colors in this salad. The mango, avocado, and tomatoes really “pop” against the black quinoa. You can serve this salad at room temperature or chilled. We had some salad leftover and enjoyed it the next day and it held up nicely.

If you are looking for a new salad to try, make this Black Quinoa Salad with Mango, Avocado, and Tomatoes. I love making it for parties because it is vegetarian, gluten free, and vegan. Everyone can enjoy this tasty salad!

Black Quinoa Salad with Mango, Avocado, & Tomatoes

Cook Time
15 minutes


  • 1 cup uncooked black quinoa or regular quinoa
  • 2 cups water
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 large mango diced
  • 2 large tomatoes diced
  • 3 green onions sliced
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro
  • 2 medium avocados diced
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. First, using a strainer, rinse the black 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 cool quinoa cool to room temperature.
  2. In a large bowl, combine quinoa, mango, tomatoes, green onions, cilantro, and avocados. In a small bowl, whisk together lime juice, olive oil, and cumin. Pour the dressing over the quinoa salad and gently stir until well combined. Season with salt and pepper. Serve at room temperature or chilled.

If you like this Black Quinoa Salad with Mango, Avocado, & Tomatoes, you might also like:

Mediterranean Quinoa Salad from Eat, Live, Run
Quinoa Salad with Blueberries, Strawberries, and Watermelonย from Gluten-Free Goddess
Chicken and Avocado Quinoa Summer Saladย from Picky Palate

Maria Lichty

I’m Maria and my husband is Josh. We share a love of cooking, baking, and entertaining. We enjoy creating recipes that are simple, fresh, and family friendly. We love sitting around the table with good food, good conversation, and good friends and family! Our kitchen is always open!
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  1. I don’t think I have ever mixed mango and avocado but it sounds delish! Flagging this recipe for sure!! And I LOVED your corn salad…yum! What do you think of this fun recipe for Meditteranean kabobs…easiest appetizer ever!
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  2. Josh is right…I NEEDED this recipe and am most grateful for it! Avocados are a staple for us, since we grow them on our family farm. Everyone in our family of grown-kids is interested in healthy food and some of us (ahem!) are losing weight. It’s hard to find new recipes that I know from the get-go will be appealing to everyone, including the significant others who are here at mealtime. Can’t wait to try it!

  3. Love quinoa! This will be good to try. I usually do quinoa, grilled veggies from the garden and balsamic. But this will be something different to try. Excited!

  4. we all love quinoa and this salad sounds like a winner. So colorful.
    I usually make quinoa salad using the black, red and golden quinoa with ton of veggies.
    Can’t wait to make your way, love the tropical feeling. Thanks Maria!

  5. I love quinoa salads like the one you made. I made something similar for a luncheon and added some black beans and red bell pepper. Black quinoa is so pretty as a backdrop to bright colored fruits and vegetables.

  6. One of my new favourite grains, and not simply for the health and taste of it. It is just GORGEOUS when you add avocado and tomatoes and anything green to it! It just pops right off the plate!

    We add a bit of buttermilk to our dressing, but I have a thing for creamy dressings…:) Yours is simply gorgeous!

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