Whole Foods makes a delicious quinoa salad, but it’s very pricey. I loved it so much that I decided to try to make it myself, and the results are wonderful! Use $0.50/1 – Star Vinegar, 8.5 oz or larger – (smartsource.com) to save on red wine vinegar.

Southwest Quinoa Salad

1 cup quinoa – $0.74
1/2 can corn, drained – $0.44
1/2 can black beans, drained – $0.44
1/4 cup red onion, diced – $0.25
1 tomato, diced – $0.60
1/4 cup cilantro, chopped – $0.06

Dressing

1/3 cup red wine vinegar – $0.32
1/4 cup olive oil – $0.42
2 Tbsp sugar – $0.04

1. Cook quinoa according to package directions. Mix quinoa with remaining ingredients.

2. Mix dressing ingredients and pour over quinoa. Cover and refrigerate 1 hour before serving to incorporate flavors.

Serves: 8

Total Cost: $3.31