Go Back
+ servings
Print Recipe
5 from 3 votes

Charred Corn & Avocado Quinoa Salad

Recipe from Two Peas and Their Pod

Quinoa Salad with charred corn, avocado, poblano peppers, cotija cheese, and a simple cilantro lime dressing. This gluten-free salad is a summer favorite!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Salad
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 8
Calories: 292kcal


For the Salad:

  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup quinoa
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 ears sweet corn
  • 2 poblano peppers
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1/2 cup cotija cheese
  • 2 avocados, chopped

For the dressing:

  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • Juice of 2 limes
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon chopped cilantro
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • Salt and black pepper, to taste


  • Using a strainer, rinse the quinoa under cold water. Add quinoa, water, and salt to a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to low, and simmer for 15 minutes, or until quinoa is tender. Remove from heat and let stand for 5 minutes, covered. Remove lid and fluff with a fork. Transfer to a large bowl and let the quinoa come to room temperature.
  • While the quinoa is cooking, grill the corn on outdoor grill or on an indoor grill pan until lightly charred. Carefully remove kernels from the cob with a sharp knife and set aside.
  • Char the poblano peppers over a high flame on the grill or over a flame on a gas stove. Use tongs to rotate the pepper every couple of minutes or so until all sides are black. You can also char the peppers under the broiler in the oven. Place the peppers on a baking sheet that has been lined with aluminum foil. Broil poblanos for 5 minutes, or until the skin is blackened and blistered. Carefully flip them over and broil for another 5 minutes, or until the skin is blackened and blistered.
  • Once peppers are blackened, place them in a plastic bag or paper bag and seal. Allow them to steam in the bag for about 10 minutes to loosen the skin. Pull and rub off as much of the loose black skin as possible. Chop up the peppers.
  • Add the sweet corn, poblano peppers, cilantro, cotija cheese, and avocados to the quinoa.
  • To make the dressing, whisk together olive oil, lime juice, garlic, cilantro, honey, cumin, 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.


This salad will keep in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.


Calories: 292kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 12g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 8mg | Sodium: 117mg | Potassium: 492mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 340IU | Vitamin C: 31mg | Calcium: 70mg | Iron: 2mg