Quinoa Fruit Salad

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I was listening to the radio and the DJ said he likes to call summer, skin season. After months of being totally covered up, this is when everyone is showing their skin. The tank tops, shorts, skirts, dresses, and bathing suits all make their appearance in order for people to show off their skin. Haha :D

Nothing like knowing you will be showing off your body to make you fine-tune your diet. Quinoa has become a sample in our house. I love that it is easy to prepare and it is so versatile. With lots of fruits in season, I decided to combine a few of my favorite to make a fruit salad with protein.

 

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Quinoa is an amazing seed that is prepared the same as rice: 2 parts water or broth to 1 part grain. Bring water and grain to a boil and reduce to a simmer for about 15 minutes or until liquid is absorbed. Super easy, right?!

What I love most about Quinoa is it is a complete protein, meaning it contains all the essential amino acids the body needs.  That makes Quinoa a good source of protein for vegetarians, people trying to reduce their meat consumption, and those with gluten allergies.

 

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Quinoa is also a good source of fiber and it also provides iron, magnesium, potassium, folate, calcium, phosphorus, and vitamins A and E.

Couple all that goodness with the wonderful antioxidants in berries and this is one nutrient rich salad!

Quinoa Fruit Salad...Deliciously flavorful protein-packed salad bursting with fresh fruits  | Pick Fresh Foods

I love the textures of this salad. It has great mouth-feel and is super flavorful. To bring all the flavors together I squeeze the juice of one lemon over the entire salad and sprinkle it with some fresh basil.

Grab a spoon and dig in. It’s skin season :D

 

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Quinoa Fruit Salad
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Serves: 6
 
Ingredients
  • ½ cup quinoa
  • 1 mango, diced
  • ½ cup fresh blueberries
  • ½ cup fresh raspberries
  • 2 fresh basil leaves, thinly sliced
  • 1 lemon, juiced
Instructions
  1. Prepare quinoa according to package directions.
  2. In a large bowl combine cooled quinoa, mango, blueberries, and raspberries.
  3. Pour fresh lemon juice over mixture.
  4. Sprinkle with sliced basil and serve.
Notes
Add 1 packet of stevia for a sweeter salad.

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Comments

  1. Skin season. Ha! Love that. :D And this salad looks so fresh and yummy, Cindy! I LOVE all the fresh berries and fruit in it. This would be a perfect healthier 4th of July side dish!

  2. Wow.. fresh, fruity and healthy.. looks delicious.. :)

  3. This salad looks awesome! I love how you kept it simple with a dressing of lemon juice and a sprinkling of fresh basil. Yum!

    • Thanks Kristine :D This salad is so flavorful by itself that it doesn’t require any complicated dressing. The lemon is perfect.

  4. Isn’t it so cool that quinoa is a complete protein but tastes like full on carbs? So awesome! And pairing it with fruits, now that sounds so refreshing. Perfect for swimsuit season!

  5. This is beautiful!! And you are right – I need watch what I’m eating now that the swimsuits are getting dug out of the drawers! I would love this for lunch … just perfect! Thanks for sharing!!!! Pinning!!

    • Thanks for Pinning Gretchen :D I thought it was funny to call summer skin season. So, true though. I go out no and fewer people have pants and jackets on. That a great sign that summer is here :D

  6. I’ve made a couple dishes with mangoes this month…so, so good! So I can only imagine how fabulous your quinoa salad tastes! It’s gorgeous, too!

    • When I was younger I never liked mangoes and now I can’t get enough. I get so excited when they are back in season. Thanks Liz :D

  7. I love how you made the quinoa into more of a sweet dish. Great idea Cindy!

  8. I have never thought of using quinoa in a fruit salad! Such an intriguing idea and looks great. I know what you (and the DJ) mean about skin season. I’m not sure how I feel about it – on the one hand, I’m happy it reminds us to eat a bit lighter and fresher but a part of me can never get enough of the hearty stuff. : )

    • Thanks Monica. I’m not exactly sure how this recipe came to be, but I am so happy I pulled these ingredients together. It is really delicious and addicting. I need some serious control not to eat the whole batch myself :D
      Skin season…the words kinda scare me. Just sounds like you are so exposed. Haha I definitely amp up my workouts this time of the year so I can continue eating everything that I love .

  9. This is almost too pretty to eat!! ALMOST :)

  10. Quinoa is a staple in our house too! I find it so much easier to cook than rice, for some reason my rice is always too hard or too soft, so I cook with it all the time! I always do savory dishes with it and have never even thought to make a sweet dish, how creative! This would be perfect for a summer, I mean skin season haha, fruit salad!

    • Oh my goodness, I have the hardest time cooking rice on the stovetop. It drives me crazy. It never, ever cooks right. It has to be the altitude here. Cooking certain foods is really tricky. I now have a rice steamer :D Even with that quinoa is still my favorite. It is really good as a sweet dish and it help balance out all the fructose.

  11. This salad looks totally my kind!! Beautiful photography!

  12. This is perfection in a bowl!!!!! I’m loving all those fresh summery fruits and quinoa! Need to make this stat!

  13. consuelohoneyandfigs says:

    What a perfect bowl of heaven! I love all things quinoa, and I bet it goes wonderfully with all this fruit and the basil. Gotta try this soon! xx

  14. I’ve never seen a fruit salad made with quinoa before, Cindy, but what a great idea! I love the fruit you’ve chosen and the little bit of basil.
    I reckon this would make a pretty cool summer breakfast!

    • Oh Helen, it is really great together. I used it in a spinach salad with fruit first and loved it and then decided to go all fruit and quinoa and it is great :D

  15. You are sssooo right Cindy “Nothing like knowing you will be showing off your body to make you fine-tune your diet.” Hahaha! I know exactly what you mean! Bring on the fruits and veggies! This salad looks amazing – fresh, light and delightful. Perfect for bikini weather. :-)

  16. I definitely need to get my eating habits in check if I’m going to be wearing a bathing suit this year! Love this fruity quinoa salad to get my health in gear!

  17. Hi Cindy! Happy Friday from the Niagara Falls area.

    I love your fruit and quinoa salad, the issue I have with fruit is that is fluctuates my blood sugar if I have too much of it. I need that quinoa for that protein factor! I could eat this all day long! And I need that motivation to eat really healthy because the winter comfort foods did nothing for my figure. Oh well.

    I’ll have to check you out on blogger, that’s awesome. And I’m heading to your Facebook page right now! (I’ll click on my husbands likes for you too, hehe.)

    • HI Laura! Happy Friday to you :D I totally agree with the blood sugar fluctuations. Even though fruit is great, too much can effect your blood sugar and the quinoa really is great for slowing down the digestion.
      Obviously, good eating is at the fore front of my thoughts as I love comfort foods and being totally bundled up all winter can make it easy to lose oneself :D Have a great weekend!

  18. I love the looks of this salad! I’m always trying to find new ways to use quinoa, so I think I’ve found the perfect, sweet recipe. Definitely a nice twist on the savory salads.

    • I’m crazy for quinoa and love it in salads and too was thinking of different ways to use it. Fruit salad is really great. It is amazing! Thanks Gayle :D

  19. Loving all the colors in this festive salad! Add pineapple to anything and I’m a convert!

  20. Skin season…good one…hehe. I never thought to combine quinoa with fruit. Brilliant idea! It looks delicious and refreshing. :)

    • Funny, right? I was out earlier and I noticed lots of people showing skin. So, skin season does seem appropriate. Haha
      Thanks Tina. The combination is delectable.

  21. Love this combination of fruit! So pretty. I find eating lots of fruit helps keeps me hydrated during the hot summer months.

    • Thanks Christin, I love all the colors of this salad. I was just talking t my daughter about how fruits have lots of water in them. We love melons in the summer. Those are loaded with water :D

  22. I have adjusted the cooking of my quinoa to three parts water. I’m intrigued by using fruit and quinoa together! Enjoy skin season :)

  23. I’m eating more quinoa these days, too — it’s so healthy and delicious! I love the idea of loading it up with sweet, juicy fruit. What a great summer dish. :) Have a great weekend, Cindy!

    • I really love making quinoa for lunch. I can quickly cook it up and add lots of great ingredients to it. Thanks Marcie, have a fantastic weekend!

  24. This is such a pretty salad Cindy! I love the mango and berries with quinoa – it sounds so tasty and refreshing :) Haha skin season – love that and this salad is exactly what I need to get me ready for it :)

  25. This is SO gorgeous! I love adding fruit to anything & everything come summer time, so this is perfect!

  26. This is such a refreshing salad. I love how you added the protein in. So good.

    • Thank you Norma :D It is delicious and the protein is great for slowing down the digestion, so their aren’t crazy spikes in blood sugar levels. Plus, it leaves you feeling full!

  27. spicedblog says:

    Woah…this looks like a summer orchard in a bowl! Impressive. :-) And combined with the quinoa, I bet this salad is delicious!! :-)

    • It is so delicious! I love how the fruits all compliment each other and the quinoa just loves being with these berries and mango :D

  28. I want to dive into one big bowl of this fruit salad! Totally loving all those beautiful berries!

  29. Nikolay @ OrganicPowerFoods.com says:

    will definitely try this one. It looks like a very nutritious AND delicious salad! Fresh fruits and quinoa for the hot summer days sounds good to me!

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