Quinoa Salad with Corn and Avocado

A delicious quinoa salad with corn, avocado, basil and fresh lime juice. Perfect for summer and can be served as a salad or as a dip! Vegan + gluten-free.

I’ve been making my raw corn and avocado salad for years. It’s really easy to toss together, requires minimal ingredients and is always a hit at parties. It’s one of those recipes that I know by heart and could probably make in my sleep in needed. <– Not sure when that will be necessary (probably when we have kids), but I think it’s good to have a few recipes like this in your back pocket.

Fresh Corn, Avocado and Quinoa Salad (or dip)

Last weekend we were going to a little get-together on Saturday night so I made a batch of the salad to bring along. But this time I switched things up a bit. I used less corn and added in quinoa. I’ve made plenty of quinoa salads before so I knew it was going to work but it turned out to be more delicious than expected. The quinoa added a nice addition to the texture and a little protein without changing the flavor of the salad. Love!

This quinoa salad with corn and avocado might just become my new go-to.

Fresh Corn, Avocado and Quinoa Salad (or dip)

Interestingly enough, I usually serve this as a side salad at potlucks but at the party last weekend people started dipping chips in it and calling it a dip. Hey, I’ll take it — I’m all about versatile dishes! I tried it with a chip and it definitely works. It’s like a corn and avocado salsa.

I even got a high-five from one guy who really liked it. Score! 🙂

Fresh Corn, Avocado and Quinoa Salad (or dip)

So.. if you happen to be looking for an easy, no-cook recipe to make for your next shindig, here it is! Bring utensils and serve it as a salad or bring chips and serve it as a dip. Either works! Enjoy.

Love quinoa salads? Check out my roundup of other healthy quinoa salad recipes.


Fresh Corn, Avocado and Quinoa Salad (or dip)


A delicious quinoa salad with corn, avocado, basil and fresh lime juice. Perfect for summer and can be served as a salad or as a dip!


  • 4 ears (about 3 cups) fresh uncooked sweet corn
  • 1/2 cup uncooked quinoa (about 11/22 cups cooked)
  • 1/2 cup red onion, diced
  • 2 large avocados, diced
  • lime juice (1 lime or about 3 Tablespoons)
  • ¼ cup fresh basil, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • Ground pepper, to taste


  1. Cook quinoa according to package directions. Place in a mixing bowl and put in the fridge to cool. You can even do this step the day before. Just store the cooked quinoa in the fridge until you’re ready to prepare the salad.
  2. Husk and cut corn from the cob (here’s a quick tutorial), pulling out as many corn silks as possible.
  3. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl. Mix well. Serve immediately or allow to marinate for a few hours before serving.

  • Category: Salad
  • Method: Combine
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1/6 of recipe
  • Calories: 234
  • Sugar: 4g
  • Fat: 11g
  • Carbohydrates: 32g
  • Fiber: 8g
  • Protein: 6g

Keywords: quinoa salad with corn

Do you have a go-to dish that you’ve made so many times you no longer need the recipe? 

Any big plans for the 4th of July? We’ve excited to be spending the weekend with my Aunt, Uncle and cousins in North Carolina again this year. Can’t wait!

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  1. I made this last night an it was SO good! My guy said “nice combinations of taste”, and then he asked “Is that corn RAW?” Anyway it was fantastic for lunch today too. I entered it in Myfitnesspal. Thank you for another great recipe!

  2. This salad just screams summer! I LOVE corn and it’s really one of my favorite things about summertime haha 🙂 This is perfect!

  3. This recipe is delicious, very tasty! Sometime I avoid serving quinoa because it doesn’t have much taste (if you don’t prepare it a good way). This salad is one of my favorite meal for lunch breaks at work.

  4. This looks absolutely delicious! I love all three of the main ingredients so i’m looking forward to trying this recipe :). Thanks for sharing

  5. I have a protein pancake recipe that I’ve made probably 1000 times and never need the recipe.

    Anyway, this dish looks amazing! Definitely worth the time to make since it looks so tasty and it’s so beautiful. I love quinoa, so this is right up my alley.

  6. You’ve got me drooling with this recipe! It looks so good and perfect for a bbq, which means I’ll have to make it soon. PS: I made your Kale salad and it was glorious!

  7. My potato salad is typically my go-to, no recipe thing to make. However, now that I know I have an onion sensitivity, no more potato salad for me (it’s just not the same without it). Do you think this salad would be OK without the onion?

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