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.

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Fresh Corn, Avocado and Quinoa Salad (or dip)

  • Author: Brittany Mullins
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 6


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. Lena
      January 17, 2019 AT 10:45 am

      I would never think of combining these ingredients,and it turned out SO tasty! Thank you for sharing!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        January 17, 2019 AT 11:11 am

        Yay!! I’m so glad that you enjoyed it, Lena!!

    2. Jenny
      May 27, 2015 AT 6:22 pm

      Just made this…. Yuuuuuuuuuuum!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        May 27, 2015 AT 11:25 pm

        Woot! I LOVE this salad so much.

    3. Sarah Marriah Gray
      August 21, 2014 AT 5:35 pm

      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!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        August 21, 2014 AT 7:09 pm

        Woo-hoo! So glad that both you and your man liked this recipe. It’s one of my favorites.

    4. Elise @ High Heels and Glittering Eyes
      July 8, 2014 AT 1:15 pm

      New to the blog but I am so glad I found this recipe! Sounds amazing!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        July 9, 2014 AT 2:31 pm

        Welcome Elise! I’m glad you found me.

    5. AB
      July 7, 2014 AT 4:03 pm

      Delicious! Such a great salad. Thanks for sharing!

    6. nourishbymelissa
      July 4, 2014 AT 11:00 am

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

    7. myhealthybeginnings
      July 2, 2014 AT 1:42 pm

      This looks amazing! I am definitely going to be trying this out for the 4th! Thanks for the idea!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        July 2, 2014 AT 5:35 pm

        Thank you! Let me know how it turns out for you.

        1. myhealthybeginnings
          July 5, 2014 AT 3:41 pm

          I ended up making it for the 4th after all and everyone loved it!

          1. Brittany Mullins
            July 6, 2014 AT 8:49 pm

            Woo-hoo. So glad to hear this. 🙂

    8. leahetn
      July 2, 2014 AT 10:04 am

      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.

    9. Jenny Hughes
      July 2, 2014 AT 8:21 am

      can’t wait to make this!!! 🙂 i’m whipping up some quinoa today and making both of your latest salads! 🙂

    10. nessa
      July 2, 2014 AT 5:11 am

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

    11. Kayla Tyburski
      July 2, 2014 AT 12:16 am

      I usually just whip up some guac or a chunky corn, bean, jalapeno, cado type salsa. There are so many party foods I just love for summer! Oh and fruit shish-kabobs!

    12. 3girls1apple
      July 1, 2014 AT 9:50 pm

      Looks very tasty. Would definitely have to try. Thanks for sharing from 3girls1apple.com

    13. Audrey @ In Shape Cupcake
      July 1, 2014 AT 7:49 pm

      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.

    14. Mary
      July 1, 2014 AT 6:23 pm

      This looks sooooo good. Can’t wait to try it out this weekend.

    15. crystaldel
      July 1, 2014 AT 4:47 pm

      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!

    16. Michelle
      July 1, 2014 AT 3:13 pm

      Sounds good. I think feta would be a good addition

      1. Brittany Mullins
        July 1, 2014 AT 3:28 pm

        Oh yeah, I bet that feta would taste delicious in it.

    17. cantsintocansamy
      July 1, 2014 AT 3:04 pm

      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?

      1. Brittany Mullins
        July 1, 2014 AT 3:27 pm

        Oh boo! I think it would be okay without the onion. I’m curious, how did you find out that you have an onion sensitivity?

    18. Liz @ I Heart Vegetables
      July 1, 2014 AT 2:40 pm

      Ohhh this sounds delicious! I love sweet corn like this!

    19. Hillary
      July 1, 2014 AT 2:10 pm

      mmmm. i just bought some fresh corn from the farmer’s market last weekend. might have to again just for this recipe 🙂

    20. cleaneatingveggiegirl
      July 1, 2014 AT 1:54 pm

      You are rocking with all of the fresh salads lately!! This sounds AMAZING, especially with fresh sweet corn!

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