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Quinoa & Corn Griddle Cakes With Black Bean Salsa

If you aren't a fan of traditionally cooked quinoa, try crisping it up in these corn griddle cakes. They are fun to add toppings to.
Prep Time40 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 276.4kcal


Griddle Cakes:

  • 1/2 cup quinoa I used Trader Joe’s organic quinoa
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup reduced sodium vegetable broth
  • 1 large egg beaten
  • 1/2 cup frozen corn kernels thawed
  • 2 scallions finely chopped (1/4 cup)
  • 1/4 cup shredded low fat mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 2 Tbsp 1% milk
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp hot pepper sauce I used Tobasco
  • 1/8 tsp ground black pepper
  • olive oil cooking spray


  • 15 oz black beans, rinsed and drained 1 can
  • 1 1/2 cups halved grape or cherry tomatoes
  • 1 jalapeño pepper finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/4 cup diced red onion
  • 1/4 cup chopped red bell pepper
  • Lime juice to taste
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp ground black pepper

Optional Toppings:

  • Prepared salsa I like Pace Picante
  • Sliced avocado or prepared guacamole I like Trader Joe’s prepared guacamole


  • Mix quinoa, water, and broth in a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat and simmer 15 min. Fluff with a fork.
  • Combine quinoa and remaining cake ingredients except oil in a medium bowl.
  • Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Spray with olive oil cooking spray. Scoop a generous 1/4 cup of the quinoa mixture at a time and drop onto skillet, flattening into pancake shape with back of spatula (makes 8 cakes).
  • Make the salsa — Mix together all salsa ingredients in a large bowl and set aside.
  • Cook the cakes until they’re browned on one side, about 5 min. Flip carefully and cook about 5-10 min longer.
  • Serve with black bean salsa and any of the optional toppings you like.


Nutrition Facts do not include toppings.


Serving: 2corn cakes | Calories: 276.4kcal | Carbohydrates: 45.9g | Protein: 16.1g | Fat: 4.2g | Sodium: 175.9mg | Fiber: 10.5g | Sugar: 1.1g