Fruit Quinoa Salad

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Want a light, healthy side dish? Then, this fruit quinoa salad is perfect. I made this for Easter dinner a few weeks ago and it was a big hit! My friend, Sarah, had never had quinoa before so I offered to make a quinoa dish for dinner so she could try it. . . I think everyone had seconds. Smile It only occurred to me when I was measuring out the quinoa that I have never actually made quinoa before! So, I was super happy that it turned out as well as it did. So much so, that  I wanted to share it with you!

Original recipe inspiration via Pinterest from Iowa Girl Eats 

 

And my version. . .

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Ingredients:
1 cup dry quinoa, rinsed & drained
2 cups water
2 kiwi, chopped
1/2 mango, chopped
1/2 cup halved red grapes
1/2 cup strawberries, chopped

For the Lime Ginger Vinaigrette:
3 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 Tablespoon lime zest
4 Tablespoons fresh lime juice (juice of 2 large limes)
2 teaspoons fresh ginger, microplaned or finely minced
1 tablespoon sugar

Directions:

  1. Bring water to a boil in a medium-sized saucepan. Add quinoa, place a lid on top and cook for 10-15 minutes, or until quinoa is tender. Pour into a large bowl and allow to cool. Once cool, add in fruit. 
  2. Combine all ingredients for the vinaigrette together and pour over the quinoa and fruit. Mix to combine.
  3. And enjoy! It is ok to sit in the refrigerator overnight. The flavors are absorbed overnight and is just as good the second day.

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7 Responses to Fruit Quinoa Salad

  1. This sounds light and refreshing. Perfect for spring time! And easy enough that even I can manage, despite my extreme lack of cooking skills. I’ll let you know how mine turns out. Thanks for sharing.
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  2. Quinoa is one of my favorite foods! I guess I better add it to my food group list… Anyways, IGE has the best quinoa recipes! I love her superfood salad. I’m going to have to give this one a try. It looks super filling and full of my favorite fruits 🙂 Maybe posting this summery salad will actually bring spring. I can hope, right??
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  3. YUM!! I just loved quinoa and this fruit salad looks delicious!
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  4. Ahhh this looks AMAZING! This is so right up my alley!
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  5. i’ve never had quinoa with fruit. great idea! they do sweet rice dishes in asian cultures so this makes sense:)
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  6. That recipe sounds good… I hadn’t thought of having quinoa cold ~ but I guess I eat noodle salads, etc., right?
    Thanks for the recipe! 🙂
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  7. This sounds perfect for spring! I have never thought of combining fruit and quinoa.
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