Fruity Quinoa Salad

Fruity Quinoa Salad combines fresh fruit and quinoa with a tangy citrus dressing.  This is pure bliss in a bowl and will keep you on track with your healthy eating!  
Hey everyone! Chelsea back from Chelsea’s Messy Apron. I’ve got a healthy salad today for all of those that have still been successful in their healthy eating New Years Resolutions!

Fresh fruit, quinoa, and a tangy citrus dressing = pure bliss in a bowl. And the perfect way to keep on track with healthy eating and ENJOY it!

I love a good fruit salad, but adding a dressing and quinoa to a fruit salad has quickly become a new staple in my home. The quinoa adds tons of protein leaving this salad surprisingly filling. While it probably won’t stand on it’s own for a meal, serving it with some grilled chicken or steak is honestly one of the best meals ever — fresh, light, healthy, and packed with flavor!

This salad is highly customizable; pretty much whatever berry or chopped fruit you want will go well with the quinoa and dressing. The dressing is subtle, tangy, tasty, and healthy; plus it is super quick and easy to whip together.

This salad doesn’t take too much prep time because the only fruit you need to cut is the kiwi and mango; the oranges just get drained and blueberries + raspberries just need a quick wash + dry.

Once you try it just once, it will become a salad you’ll be craving all year long!!

Fruity Quinoa Salad
 
Serves: 4-6 as a side
Ingredients
  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa I used tri-colored
  • 1 large mango
  • 1 container (6 ounces) raspberries
  • 2 kiwis
  • 1 can (15 ounces) mandarin oranges well drained
  • 1 heaping cup fresh blueberries
  • Dressing
  • 1 large orange 2 tablespoons juice and 1 teaspoon zest
  • 1 large lemon 1 tablespoon juice and ¼ teaspoon zest
  • 1 and ¼ tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil or olive oil
  • Salt and pepper I use about ¼ teaspoon salt and ⅛ teaspoon pepper
  • Optional: fresh limes
Instructions
  1. Prepare the quinoa according to package directions.
  2. Prepare the fruits: Peel and chop the mango. Wash the raspberries. Peel the kiwis and slice or chop. Drain the mandarin oranges. Wash and dry the blueberries.
  3. Allow the quinoa to cool completely and add all the fruits. Gently mix together.
  4. Prepare the dressing: combine the orange juice and zest, lemon juice and zest, honey, dijon mustard, & salt and pepper in a small food processor or blender. Blend until smooth -- make sure the honey is incorporated. Blend in the vegetable oil. Taste and adjust to preference (more honey, salt, pepper, etc.)
  5. Pour the dressing over the salad and mix. If desired squeeze a wedge of lime over the salad.
  6. Store this salad in the fridge.

 

More Salad Recipes from Chelsea’s Messy Apron:

Candied Pecan, Pear, & Pomegranate Salad

Candied Almond, Mandarin Orange, and Apple Salad

Sweet Potato Farro Salad

4-Ingredient Raspberry Yogurt Salad

 

Chelsea

Chelsea is the blogger behind Chelsea's Messy Apron.She is always experimenting in the kitchen and making new things to eat."Or I am in the kitchen eating.Both are good."She tries to eat a balanced diet of healthful foods, but she loves desserts.You will find most of her recipes are healthy and easy, but still taste great!She has found that eating is all about balance and she hopes that that is the case on her site!

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