One of my aunt’s introduced me to the idea of mixing quinoa with fruit. This is a recipe that allows versatility and creativity – you get to make it how you want! Mix and match fruit combinations and add as much or as little quinoa as you’d like. Quinoa Fruit Salad is a great way to use up a variety of fruit that is on it’s last leg & to get some quinoa into your family’s diet.
Quinoa is high in fiber, magnesium, B vitamins, iron, potassium, calcium, antioxidants, and more! Quinoa is also gluten-free, high in protein and it is one of the few plant foods that contain sufficient amounts of all 9 essential amino acids. Quinoa is very easy to make – cook it the same as you cook rice. Leftover quinoa stores very well in an airtight container in the fridge and can used as a topping for salads, added to soups, combined with oatmeal, mixed into rice dishes or as a replacement for rice, and so much more! Have I convinced you to try quinoa yet?
When making the fruit salad, use any combination of fruits that sound good to you. I highly recommend fresh fruits that don’t have sugars & preservatives added to them. Some of our family favorites are berries, pomegranat seeds, grapes, mango, pineapple, peaches, and cherries.
Quinoa Fruit Salad
Make this recipe your own! Add less quinoa or more fruit to make the salad look more like a bowl of fruit.
- 1 cup quinoa, uncooked
- 2 cups water
- 4+ cups diced fresh fruit
- 1/4 cup honey (I recommend local & raw honey)
- 2 Tablespoons lime juice
- lime zest
- sliced, toasted almonds
- finely sliced mint leaves
- finely sliced basil leaves
- Combine the quinoa and water in a medium size pot. Bring the water to a boil, stir occasionally. After the water has come to a boil, turn the heat down to maintain a gentle simmer & cook until all the water is absorbed. Fluff quinoa with a fork.
- In a large serving bowl, whisk the honey & lime juice together.
- Add fresh fruit and quinoa to the honey mixture and gently toss the ingredients so everything is well combined.
- For a little added flavor or crunch, try adding some of the optional ingredients.