Quinoa Fruit Salad
Quinoa Fruit Salad is a bright gluten-free healthy summer salad with seasonal fruits such as mangos, apricots and blueberries tossed with quinoa, mint and a zippy citrus honey lime dressing.
Quinoa Fruit Salad
- 2 cups quinoa
- 1 cup grapes
sliced in half - optional
- 1 whole apricot medium pit removed and chopped
- 2 whole mangoes peeled and diced - optional
- ½ cup strawberries or cherries sliced -optional
- ½ cup blueberries
Citrus Honey Dressing
- 4 tablespoon orange juice
- 4 tablespoon lime juice or lemon juice
- 2 teaspoon lime zest or lemon zest
- 1.5 tablespoon honey or to taste (can exchange with sugar alternative or maple syrup as needed )
- 2 tablespoon mint fresh roughly chopped (optional)
Cook the quinoa- If you already have cooked quinoa skip the next 2 steps.
Feel free to use any fruits you desire. Strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, mangoes, pineapples, kiwi, apricots, peaches, grapes, lychee, citrus are just a few examples of fruits to use. The ratio or our quinoa to fruit was 2 cups cooked quinoa to 4.5 cups fruit of choice. However, measurements do not need to be exact. If fresh fruits are difficult to obtain, you can also use drained “canned fruits” of choice.
The only caution we have for you is not to use as fruits that oxidize quickly like apples, bananas and pears. In addition, if you use fruits that bleed red like red dragon fruit, it will make your quinoa pink. Pink quinoa still tastes delicious, but it is not as pretty.
In addition, you can use either lime or lemon for the tart citrus for the honey citrus vinaigrette. We used some of both as that is what we had on hand. We are all about using what you have in your refrigerator or in the fruit basket at home.
To make this recipe vegan, swap out the honey in the recipe with maple syrup or sugar alternative of choice. Ripe fruit is sweeter, and you can use less sweetener.
You can cook the quinoa up to 3 days in advance. You can prep your fruit up to 24 hours in advance and store in a separate container. However, we would not assemble your fruit salad until the day you are ready to serve. You can store your prepared fruit salad up to 3 days in a container in the refrigerator.
As a reminder, make sure you wash your quinoa very well in a fine mesh colander before cooking.
Serving: 1g | Calories: 127kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 6mg | Potassium: 216mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 62IU | Vitamin C: 18mg | Calcium: 15mg | Iron: 1mg