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Quinoa Fruit Salad | Red White and Blue Recipe

Quinoa fruit salad is perfect for any patriotic-themed holiday. This healthy salad recipe is vegan, gluten free, dairy free, protein-rich, and delicious! 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 Low Carb Quinoa Salad Recipe from ItsYummi.com

Patriotic Quinoa Fruit Salad Recipe - This healthy side dish is always a hit at 4th of July parties and on Memorial Day.

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I adore the colors in this quinoa salad recipe, but I love it even more for its health benefits. It took me quite a while to jump onto the quinoa lovers 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 lower carb food. I listed some awesome #FoodFacts on quinoa in my vegetable quinoa salad recipe post.

Patriotic Quinoa Fruit Salad Recipe from ItsYummi.com

In addition to the quinoa, I used fresh strawberries and blueberries in this quinoa fruit 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!”

I hope you enjoy this quinoa fruit salad recipe!

Patriotic Quinoa Fruit Salad from ItsYummi.com

Patriotic Quinoa Salad

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!
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Servings 4
Calories 246 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 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

Instructions
 

  • Cook quinoa according to package directions. Transfer to a large mixing bowl.
  • To the bowl, add blueberries and diced strawberries; set bowl aside.
  • 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,
  • For tastiest results, cover bowl with plastic wrap and chill for at least 30 minutes before serving to allow flavors to meld together.

Notes

Nutrition

Calories: 246kcalCarbohydrates: 26gProtein: 3gFat: 15gSaturated Fat: 2gSodium: 33mgFiber: 4gSugar: 12g
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Don’t miss out on a single recipe of this kick off to summer!

In addition to my patriotic quinoa fruit salad, 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
Salmon Burgers by The Haas Machine
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Creamy Corn Salad by Forty Eighteen
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45 Comments

    1. Hi Carol,

      You can make the fruit salad while the quinoa is warm if you want to. Quinoa cools down pretty quickly, though, or you can place it into a bowl over an ice water bath to help it cool down quickly.

  1. I made this yummy salad for a 4th of July party last year. I’ve been asked to bring it again!

    1. 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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