Patriotic Quinoa Salad {#KickOffToSummerWeek2014}

Today’s recipe is for patriotic quinoa salad. It’s my submission for day 2 of Kick Off to Summer Week, a multi-blogger event co-hosted by Lauren of From Gate to Plate and Summer of Summer Scraps.

Patriotic Quinoa Salad from ItsYummi.com

Memorial Day is less than 2 weeks away, and summer’s not far behind. That’s why we’ve teamed up to give you ideas for your warm weather party activities. Each day this week, we’ll be serving up a variety of recipes and ideas for you. Everything from appetizers, main dishes, and desserts, to decor and printables. We hope you enjoy all of these wonderful ideas! You can also follow #KickOffToSummerWeek2014 on Twitter to keep up to date with all of our spectacular ideas and giveaways.

I adore the colors in this patriotic quinoa salad, but I love it even more for its health benefits. It took me quite a while to jump onto the quinoa train, but now that I have, I’m taking it to the end of the line with me. It’s starchy enough that I feel like I’m really splurging on carbs, but it’s super high in protein and fiber, making it a much healthier choice. I listed some awesome #FoodFacts on quinoa in my post for Vegetable Quinoa Salad. CLICK HERE to get the recipe and see those food facts!

Patriotic Quinoa Salad from ItsYummi.com

In addition to the quinoa, I used fresh strawberries and blueberries in this patriotic quinoa salad, then I tossed everything with a delicious citrus vinaigrette dressing. The dressing is made with fresh orange and lime juices, heart healthy olive oil, rice vinegar, and a little bit of honey for sweetness. It all adds up to pure deliciousness, and it’ll make you want to shout, “It’s yummi!”

Patriotic Quinoa Salad

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Patriotic Quinoa Salad {#KickOffToSummerWeek2014}
 
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This patriotic quinoa salad will be the hit of your Memorial Day or Independence Day party. Fresh berries and quinoa are tossed in citrus vinaigrette. Yum!
WHAT'S NEEDED
  • 1 cup cooked quinoa (1/2 cup uncooked)
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries
  • 8 ounces fresh strawberries, hulled and diced

  • Citrus Dressing
  • 2 ounces (1/4 liquid cup) extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • juice of one medium orange (about 3 tablespoons)
  • 3 tablespoons lime juice
  • 2 teaspoons dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon raw honey
HOW TO MAKE IT
  1. Cook quinoa according to package directions. Transfer to a large mixing bowl.
  2. To the bowl, add blueberries and diced strawberries; set bowl aside.
  3. To a small bowl or a blender, add oil, vinegar, orange and lime juice, honey, and mustard. Whisk or blend until combined. Pour over quinoa and vegetables and use a spoon or salad tongs to toss,
  4. For tastiest results, cover bowl with plastic wrap and chill for at least 30 minutes before serving to allow flavors to meld together.

Don’t miss out on a single recipe of this kick off to summer!  Here are the other recipes being shared today.  Please click through and visit these awesome bloggers!  I’ll have another delicious recipe for you on Thursday, for a delicious dessert that’ll be a BANG at your Memorial Day and 4th of July parties.  I hope you’ll come back and see me!

Soft Butterscotch S’more Cookies by From Gate to Plate
Crunchy Peanut Butter Cookies  by Keep it Simple, Sweetie
Patriotic Quinoa Salad by It’s Yummi
Salmon Burgers by The Haas Machine
Summer Letter Set by Summer Scraps
Creamy Corn Salad by Forty Eighteen
Classic Potato Salad by Clarks Condensed
Mini Cake Mix Sandwich Cookie Bites by Lady Behind The Curtain
Grilled Stuffed Flank Steak by Love in the Kitchen
Sun-dried Tomatoes – How to by Food Lust People Love

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Comments

    • says

      I hope you give it a try some time, Lauren! Quinoa is a great alternative to rice…less carbs (sugar) and more protein, and really delicious!

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