Not all Mexican food is created equal. Get the flavors of your favorite taco or burrito but in salad form. This recipe combines a dressing with fresh-squeezed lime, chili powder and red pepper flakes with black beans, quinoa, avocado and greens.

The secret to keeping this on-the-go salad fresh is to keep the dressing on the bottom and the greens at the top. You’ll want to get some pint-sized (16 ounces) wide-mouth mason jars to use for these salads (or something similar). Get ready for a fiesta!

  • Prep Time10 min
  • Total Time10 min
  • Serving Size16 ounces
  • Energy470 cal
  • Cuisine
    • Mexican
  • Course
    • Main Course
    • Salad
  • Suitable for Diet
    • Vegetarian
    • Weight Loss Program
    • Lifestyle Program


For the Chile Lime Dressing

  • ½ cup olive oil
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1 teaspoon ground chili powder
  • a pinch of red pepper flakes
  • salt and pepper, to taste

For the Jars

  • 1 15-oz can (400g) of black beans
  • 1 cup quinoa, cooked*
  • 1 avocado, chopped
  • 1 tomato chopped
  • 1 handful cilantro
  • 4 cups romaine lettuce, shredded (about one head)



Whisk together dressing ingredients in a small bowl and set aside.


Place an equal amount of dressing at the bottom of each jar.


Prepare the avocado, tomato, cilantro mixture by chopping all ingredients and mixing together in a large bowl.


Now it’s time to layer your salad. Start with black beans, quinoa, avocado-tomato mixture and finally, lettuce. Put the lid on your salads and refrigerate until ready to serve. (Salads will last for up to a week in the fridge when unmixed.)


When you’re ready to eat, shake well and serve or empty jar onto a large plate or bowl and enjoy!

additions & substitutions

Weight Loss & Lifestyle Program:

Sub black beans for kidney beans or chickpeas

Add in one of the following lean proteins/serving:

  • Add 3-4 oz poultry/meat/tofu
  • Add 4-6 oz fish/shellfish
  • Serving Size16 ounces
  • Amount per serving
  • Calories470
  • % Daily Value*
  • Total Fat36 g46.15%
  • Saturated Fat5 g25%
  • Trans Fat0 g
  • Cholesterol0 mg0%
  • Sodium340 mg14.78%
  • Total Carbohydrate32 g11.64%
  • Dietary Fiber10 g35.71%
  • Total Sugars2 g
  • Added Sugars0 g0%
  • Protein9 g18%
  • Vitamin D (Cholecalciferol)0 IU0%
  • Calcium67 mg5.15%
  • Iron3 mg16.67%
  • Potassium546 mg11.62%

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