Berry Quinoa Salad Recipe
This fruit and quinoa salad is perfect for summer!
Citrus and berries – talk about a wonderful side dish and salad for a BBQ! The quinoa adds a unique texture, protein, and more nutrition too. Give this berry quinoa salad a try! It is really a great healthy and delicious option for summer gatherings, potlucks, BBQs, holidays, etc.
Have you had a salad with fresh mint and basil before? It is definitely different for me! The flavors work well in a salad like this one though. The mint is an especially fun, fresh addition.
This easy citrus honey dressing would probably be great on other salads as well, so hang on to this recipe if you’re looking for healthy salad dressing ideas too! Yum!
Look at those beautiful berries! I love summertime when all of the yummy, fresh berries are in season. Of course, you can totally change up the fruit and berries to your liking, if you want to. Fruit salads are always pretty versatile!
The quinoa is great for the added nutrition and it makes the salad more filling. So it really could be a great meal for lunch too. You can cook the quinoa in advance if you want to, then the salad is really quite fast to throw together. I used red quinoa because I liked the idea of that color blending with all of the berries, but you can use pretty much any kind of quinoa. Tri-color quinoa would be a pretty option too!
As far as healthy fruit salads go, I love the honey lime fruit salad, but this berry quinoa salad is a great way to change it up every now and then too! This one is a keeper! So give it a try and I hope you love it too!
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Berry Quinoa Salad Recipe
Citrus Honey Dressing
- 1 teaspoon orange zest
- 4 tablespoons fresh orange juice (about 1 large orange)
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (about 1 lemon)
- 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice (about 1 lime)
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1 teaspoon finely chopped mint
- 1 teaspoon finely chopped basil
- 2/3 cups dry red quinoa, or other type quinoa (yields about 2 cups cooked)
- 1 1/3 cups water
- 1 1/2 cups quartered fresh strawberries
- 1 cup fresh raspberries (about 6 oz)
- 1 cup fresh blackberries (about 6 oz)
- 1 cup fresh blueberries (about 6 oz)
- 1 cup slivered or sliced almonds (toasted, if desired)
- 1 tablespoon finely chopped mint
- 1 tablespoon finely chopped basil
- Cook quinoa in the water according to package instructions - to yield about 2 cups cooked quinoa. Let cool.
- Meanwhile, in a small bowl, whisk together the dressing ingredients - orange zest, orange juice, lemon juice, lime juice, honey, mint, and basil. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, gently stir together the cooked and cooled quinoa, strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, almonds, mint, and basil. Drizzle the citrus honey dressing over the salad and gently stir again. Serve.
Quinoa can be cooked in advance. This salad is best served the day it is made.
Recipe Adapted From: Two Peas and Their Pod