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Quinoa Fruit Salad

April 27, 2015

Quinoa Fruit Salad is made with light and lovely seasonal fruit such as strawberries, mangos and grapes tossed with quinoa, mint and a refreshing citrus dressing.

Quinoa Fruit Salad / http://bamskitchen.com

Quinoa fruit salad makes for one delicious and easy dish to pass and is perfect for a spring gathering, light breakfast, brunch or lunch. You are going to love this quinoa fruit salad as it is so refreshing and it takes under 30 minutes to make. This recipe is also happily gluten-free, egg-free, dairy-free and vegan.

Quinoa Fruit Salad / http://bamskitchen.com

I hosted an easy peasy gathering with some close friends and whipped up this Quinoa Fruit Salad together in the morning along with an asparagus and goat cheese frittata. It was a huge hit!  I love this salad as you can made it a few hours in advance of your guests arrival so you have more time to entertain and spend less time in the kitchen. This gave me more time get baby cuddles with sweet newborn KT and catch up with my dear friends.

We have had the most beautiful weather in Hong Kong this week, sunny, cooler and breezy. I am not trying to rub it in, well maybe I am. After we had about 6 weeks of no sun and dampness, I am so ready for spring. I am enjoying every moment of being able to have our windows open before the heat wave arrives... this weather is just going to be perfect to celebrate the upcoming Mother's Day.

Quinoa Fruit Salad / http://bamskitchen.com

My mom lives over 6000 miles away and is 88 years young and is just gorgeous. I am blessed to be able to still hear her voice and tender guidance even though we live miles apart. I will always be thankful for my mom's way of pushing me to achieve my highest goals without even know that she was doing that. Moms are sneaky that way don't you think, well at least the good ones are, that is for sure. My mom was and still is my little cheerleader from 6000 miles away cheering her 3 girls on to do what they do best. I remember when I was a little girl she was the bravest women I knew and never gave up but instead was persistent to achieve whatever she wanted. I hope that I can give my boys that gentle push and cheer, without them knowing it, to help them be the best they can be.

Moms deserve a little something to let them know they are very special in our lives. Moms also want to stay healthy and eat what they preach. This delightful, eat the rainbow Quinoa Fruit Salad, will make her day. Whether you are treating mom to breakfast, brunch or lunch, this salad will be sure to please and is a great dish to pass if you are on your way off to visit mom.

Quinoa Fruit Salad / http://bamskitchen.com

I made my quinoa according to the package directions the night before but you can also make it the day of and just put in the freezer to get it cooler, faster. Quinoa has been called the "mother of all grains" even though it is actually a seed instead of a grain. I think quinoa looks a little bit like couscous but maybe smaller. Quinoa is high in protein, fiber and vitamins and has also been called a superfood by scientists.  However, I just like quinoa as I love its nutty flavor and fun little crunch when it is cooked. How about you?

Quinoa needs to cook about 20 minutes. The ratio of quinoa to water is 2 parts water for every one part quinoa. You may also find quinoa in red or brown or white as I am using here today. You can use any 3 but I like the white quinoa in the fruit salad as it is a little milder.

You can use absolutely any fruit you wish and is in season or readily available in your area. Strawberries and mango are in season now and are plentiful in the markets along with grapes, blueberries and loads of kiwi, so that is what I put in my fruit salad. Mix it up and have fun.

The dressing could not be easier as it has only 3 little fresh ingredients; key limes, orange and a little honey. That's it! How simple is that?!! There is no oil or salt just, pure and fresh ingredients and fruits that are colorful like the rainbow. Quinoa Fruit Salad is healthy and delicious and breeze to put together.

Quinoa Fruit Salad / http://bamskitchen.com

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Quinoa Fruit Salad

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April 27, 2015

Light and lovely seasonal fruit such as strawberries, mangos and grapes tossed with quinoa, mint and a refreshing citrus dressing.

  • Cook: 30 mins

Ingredients

quinoa - 1.5 cups cooked (white)

strawberries - 1 cup sliced

grapes - 1 cup sliced in half

kiwi - 2 peeled and diced

mango - 2 peeled and diced

blueberries - 1 pint

key limes - juice of 4 limes

orange juice - juice of 1 orange

honey - 1.5 tablespoon or to taste

mint - 1-2 tablespoons fresh roughly chopped (optional)

Directions

1Cook 3/4 cup quinoa per directions. Yields approximately 1.5 cups cooked quinoa. cook the day before and store in refrigerator or make the day of and cool in the freezer to assist with cooling process.

2chop up your strawberry, grapes, kiwi, mangoes and add your washed blueberries to your cooked and cooled quinoa.

3In a small bowl mix together your lime juice, orange juice and honey until honey is incorporated.

4Add your citrus honey dressing to the quinoa and fresh fruit mixture, add you chopped mint and mix well. Serve and enjoy.

5You can make your Quinoa Fruit Salad 2 hours in advance. Alternately, make your quinoa, cut up fruit and make your dressing and store in separate containers the night before and then assemble on the day you will be serving. 

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  • Maureen | Orgasmic Chef

    I would never have thought of putting quinoa in a fruit salad but this looks terrific!

    • Bams Kitchen

      Thanks Maureen, you know how recipes are always created and restricted by what we have in our pantry and this was exactly one of those recipes. Happy Monday to you!

  • Wow, I must try this – adding grain to a fruit salad, what a great idea!

    • Bams Kitchen

      Thanks Dawn. I did not have quite enough fruit to make just a basic fruit salad so I decided to add the quinoa and simple citrus dressing to fill up my guests. Great plan and will be doing that again real soon.

  • I had quinoa with oatmeal and fresh fruit for breakfast in a restaurant and I liked it . Your fruit salad looks great. I’m sure your mom will just love this.

    • Bams Kitchen

      Thank you Gerlinde. I bet there is all kinds of delicious breakfast combinations that can be made with quinoa and we will have to give them a try one at a time. Take care

  • kitchenriffs

    I go back and forth between liking red and white quinoa best. Probably whichever one I have on hand is my favorite! I like quinoa best in soups and salads. Make a lot of salads with it, but haven’t tried it in fruit salad. Inspired idea! Gorgeous looking dish — thanks.

    • Bams Kitchen

      Thanks John! I like both the white and red quinoa but maybe for this dish the mellow white quinoa might work best but really any you one you have in your pantry will do. BTW, I made your basmati rice salad the other day and boys loved it.

  • Eha

    Dumb! Dumb! Dumb! How could I love quinoa and use it so oft and be pretty good with my fruit requirements and not put them together . . . ? This looks fabulous and will be trialled . . . well, later today 🙂 !

    • Bams Kitchen

      You know I always thought of quinoa of more of an addition to a savory meal as well. However, that all changed when I did not have quite enough fruit for a fruit salad and was trying to think of a way to have it go a little further. Quinoa is so delicate and with the fruit and the lime/orange dressing it is so refreshing. Wishing you a super Monday!

  • Yum–this looks like a wonderful salad! I’ve not used quinoa in a salad before so I need to try this!

    • Bams Kitchen

      Hi there Nancy we use quinoa quite a bit at our house so that I can enjoy some gluten-free things too. However, this is the first sweet/fruit salad I have made and we will most certainly be making this one again.

  • safie

    Hi Bobbi,I am so touched by the way you describe your mom. It was so sweet. This salad is very delicious, I really love it.very yummy and very colorful.

    • Bams Kitchen

      Thank you Safie! I am glad you enjoyed this recipe. I have sent a print out to my mom of the recipe and hope that she likes this post too. My mom is the sweetest and hope one day that you get to meet her. Take Care

  • Love this salad and the dressing especially! And your mom must be pretty special. Hope you get to see her soon!

    • Bams Kitchen

      Thank you Abbe. The dressing is really simple and delicious. I hope and pray that I get to see my mom soon!

  • It is absolutely no wonder that this dish is a hit. The colours are just too pretty!

    • Bams Kitchen

      Thank you Jasline. I bet you could use any fruit you desired. What kinds of fruits are in season now where you are living?

  • What a genius idea making a quinoa salad. Definitely keeping this for summer. Here’s hoping our winter is a quick and mild one.
    Have a super day Bam.
    🙂 Mandy xo

    • Bams Kitchen

      Thank you Mandy. Does it get down less than 10 degrees Celsius often in South Africa during the winter? Actually I pray for the winter in Hong Kong as the heat and humidity from the summer is unbearable without living in the aircon. Take care, BAM

  • What a wonderful surprise to mix quinoa with fruit salad! You are very smart! I can picture the mild but nutty/slightly crunchy quinoa against all that sweet fruit. It is lovely for Mother’s Day, and for summer picnics and cookouts.

    • Bams Kitchen

      You are absolutely right, that is exactly what it tastes like. Wishing you a very special happy early mums day to you!

  • This is the second recipe I am coming across this morning pairing quinoa with fruits, a great idea that never occurred to me, definitely saving recipe, thanks.

    • Bams Kitchen

      Great minds think alike! I think this recipe is delightful with berries and western fruits but also nice with the Asian fruits such as mango, jack fruit, yangmai, star fruit, dragon fruit and pineapple. Maybe, I would want to hold off on the durian but other than that anything goes…Take care

  • Yummy! I Love your quinoa salad! Sounds perfect! Also, pictures are awesome! I love the colors!
    Have a lovely week, Bam!

    • Bams Kitchen

      Thank you dear. I am ready for more spring fun colours. Hong Kong is full of black, blue and boring grey, it needs a little splash of colour.

  • What a cool idea! Have never tried pairing quinoa and fruit/berries before but how wonderful would it be!

    • Bams Kitchen

      Thank you, this recipe is really refreshing and so easy to throw together.

  • Looks so yummy! Love the colours from the fruits!

    • Bams Kitchen

      Thank you Jean, I would love to try some star fruits and dragon fruit in my recipe next time.

  • Robyn

    I’m with everyone else, Bobbi, I never would have tried this and it looks fantastic! Just more proof that you’re a magician in the kitchen! I’m all about textures in my food so this is right up my alley. So colourful and lovely! Your pictures, my friend, continue to amaze me!

    • Bams Kitchen

      Thank you Robyn! This is such a light and refreshing side dish and I hope you give it a try one day. I was not planning to post this recipe and just took some casual photos just before I served it to my guests and for just a couple of shots I think they turned ok but you know we could always do better…

  • What a beautiful tribute to your Momma. I feel the exact same way bout my Mom too. She is my best friend, a mentor, cheerleader, guidance councilor and all round tops lady. She is still one of the bravest people I know and has never given up. Thanks for the reminder to tell her just how fabulous I think she is. 🙂

    Now to your gorgeous fruit salad. What a fab way to give the dish some substance. I love it.

    • Bams Kitchen

      We are so lucky to still have our mom’s and I thank every day I hear her sweet little voice, it is a special little gift.

  • hotlyspiced

    Your mum sounds amazing and how lovely she is still with you at 88! What a shame she is so far away. I do love the look of this fruit salad and what a yummy-sounding dressing. I had never thought to use quinoa in any way other than savoury. This would be perfect for a brunch followed by the asparagus frittata. What a wonderful Mother’s Day brunch xx

    • Bams Kitchen

      I just read you post my dearest Charlie, my heart goes out to you. You are truly an awesome mom, wish I lived closer so that I could lend you hand. Take Care of yourself.

  • I love this combination, Bam! I’m always looking for ways to enjoy quinoa. Pinned this beauty!

    • Bams Kitchen

      Thank you Sandra! I am on my way to check out your recipe for delicious slow cooked pork carnitas. Yum. Thanks for the pin!

  • Perfect meal especially now that temperatures have started to elevate around here! Pinned!

    • Bams Kitchen

      Thank you Katerina. It is starting to get really humid in Hong Kong and it makes me feel like eating lighter dishes that are full of flavour.

  • I will do it at this weekend.

  • I totally agree with you, this salad is perfect for Spring Family gathering. I love the colors in it. Great picture too! Using quinoa is truly healthy plus all the fruits in it. I would definitely try this out soon. 🙂

    • Bams Kitchen

      Thank you Maggie. Eating clean and tasty dishes is one of my goals for the spring and summer.

  • This is brilliant Bobbi! I love quinoa with tomato, cucumber and feta cheese, but never thought of mixing it with fruit! I bet it’s super refreshing and satisfying!

    • Bams Kitchen

      Jas that sounds so delicious, a little Mediterranean quinoa salad. Quinoa is delicate and I love it as it can really transform to something either sweet or savoury. It is like the tofu concept… It takes on the flavours of whatever it is mixed with.

  • What a wonderful mother you have 🙂 It’s so nice to have a mom who’s always cheering you on.
    Love this quinoa salad. I think I could eat it all summer long!

    • Bams Kitchen

      My mom is the best! She is 88 years young and is quite energetic for her age. I only hope that I can last through my kids going through their teenage years!~!!! She lived through the experience and is still here to talk about it, so I hope I can survive the teenage years as well. This is a really light and refreshing salad and I think it will go perfectly along with our grilled salmon we are having tonight for dinner.

  • Bobbi – your mom sounds like such an inspiring young lady! What a treat this salad would be – if she was closer to you – but then again – this salad is a treat to all of us who feast our eyes on it! Such a unique take on fruit salad!

    • Bams Kitchen

      Thank you Shashi and I know if she could read your sweet little comment she would want to give you a hug. This fruit salad is even teenager friendly so it has that going for it as well.

  • Wow that looks really pretty delicious, love the colours

    • Bams Kitchen

      Of course those mangos are from the Philippines as they always have the sweetest mangos, don’t you think?

  • I love the idea of mixing quinoa in a fruit salad! Your photos all look so vibrant and delicious!

    • Bams Kitchen

      Thank you Mary. It is really a nice light and refreshing fruit salad.

  • Feeling healthier just by reading this post….
    great job!!!

    • Bams Kitchen

      Thank you Dedy! This quinoa fruit salad might be a great side to your salt encrusted beef. That looks amazing!

  • Kumar’s Kitchen

    Hi Bam,you are so true about moms…they are cool,brave and sneaky at times for the good of their children too…this is a summer rainbow salad for us,so delicious,quick and colorful…perfect for Mother’s day…Happy Mothers Day!!! 🙂

    • Bams Kitchen

      A very early happy mothers day to you too! Wishing you and your family a super weekend. It is a holiday on Friday here in HK so the boys will be home and hungry for a 3 day weekend. I am on my way now to get more grocery items, I think I will have an overflowing grandma cart today. Take Care

  • Interesting combination of fruit and quinoa. Beautiful salad, BAM.

    • Bams Kitchen

      Thanks so much Ray! I hope you are doing well.

  • Quinoa in a fruit salad? That’s a fantastic idea and a healthy way to start your morning.

  • Sounds really yummy!

  • Alesah was so happy when she saw this! She was thinking of something light, fun and refreshing for dinner. And this is it!!! Thank you 🙂

    Julie & Alesah
    Gourmet Getaways xx

  • What a beautiful salad 🙂

  • What a wonderful idea. The fruit looks fresh and amazing. Has quinoa been getting really expensive in Hong Kong? It has doubled in price this past year in Malaysia– and become more and more difficult to find in stock anywhere.

    • Bams Kitchen

      Thank you Michelle. Indeed quinoa is also expensive in Hong Kong (HK). I chose the white quinoa as it was cheaper than the red quinoa but still very high in price. It is always in stock in HK as I don’t think it has hit off as much here as it probably has in KL but it will always be expensive as it needs to be imported to us. Have a super weekend

  • Wow, this is such an interesting combination…quinoa and fruits…and it sure looks delicious…I love how colorful it is…and the touch of honey and mint…
    Enjoy the rest of your week Bobbi 🙂

  • Wow, this is such a beautiful salad – amazing flavours, great colours, flawless presentation. Thank you so much for sharing.

  • Your mom sounds amazing! I’ve never thought to use quinoa with fruit, great idea Bobbi 🙂

  • You always make such beautiful dishes and this one is so colorful and… well, happy. I can always find something on your blog to make for my nieces who are vegetarian (and one is gluten free). When they visit I always swing by to see what you’ve got for me & you never let me down.
    It’s so wonderful that you still have your mom to talk to and it’s funny that you should mention conversations that guide without anyone knowing it. I always tried to do this with my daughter and I guess it must have worked because we’re as close as the best of friends and sometimes I hear her giving her friends advice that hark back to the good old days of when we’d be driving back & forth between school and the skating rink. Something about car conversations, especially in the dark, make it easier to talk rather than eyeball to eyeball.

  • mjskit

    Well this is quite different! I’ve never seen quinoa with fruit before. What a lovely salad it makes! With all of the wonderful berries and other fruits in the market right now, this salad is a must. Love that you can make it ahead of time allowing more cuddle time. 🙂 Definitely see that it was a big hit and that frittata sounds pretty good too. Thanks for sharing this recipe!

  • This is an awesome idea! I look forward to trying it! Pinned!

    • Bams Kitchen

      Thank you Sharee and thanks for the pin too!

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  • Mira

    This is my kind of salad! I cook quinoa very often, but never made fruit salad with it! Pinned and yummed 🙂

    • Bams Kitchen

      Thank you Mira! I am on my way over to check out your Mediterranean Quinoa Salad recipe!

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