Tropical Quinoa Salad with a Tangy Citrus Dressing

A tri-colored quinoa salad packed with tropical fruits and dressed in a tangy citrus dressing made from clementines and sweetened with honey. This salad is vibrant, healthy, and tastes great!

Tropical Quinoa Salad with a Tangy Citrus DressingCan you tell I’m ready for summer? 

Or warmer days? Or maybe I need a trip to somewhere tropical? (Read: hint to husband).

Tropical Quinoa Salad with a Tangy Citrus DressingThe husband and I haven’t really made any solid travel plans for the summer. We have talked about doing a couple of weekend trips, but I don’t think we’ll be going anywhere tropical.

So I will just keep eating this salad instead. And pretending I am somewhere super warm slash tropical.

Tropical Quinoa Salad with a Tangy Citrus DressingThe base is a tri-colored quinoa. I don’t necessarily taste a whole lot of difference between different colored quinoas (am I alone here?) but I do think the red and tri-colored versions are absolutely the prettiest.

In this salad, you can use whatever quinoa you like. Regular, red, tri-colored. You could also substitute a brown rice if you aren’t into quinoa.

It’s taken a while to get the husband on the quinoa-train. And I’m not even sure he’s quite on it. At best he’s at the very last seat in the train. But this salad? – He inhaled it.

Tropical Quinoa Salad with a Tangy Citrus DressingIt’s so packed with fresh fruits and completely customizable so anyone can like it.

The fruit choices are completely up to you. I chose to do mango, clementines, blueberries, kiwi, and strawberries.

Other ideas – raspberries, blackberries, papaya, peaches, pineapple, avocado, oranges, seedless grapes…

Also, this salad is vegetarian. If you’d like to add some meat feel free too. I think chicken would be great with this salad!

Tropical Quinoa Salad with a Tangy Citrus DressingThe dressing is amazing too. It’s made with clementines primarily – the juice and zest of one. You can substitute oranges for the clementines, but I love the extra tang from clementines.

The rest of the dressing is olive oil, red wine vinegar, salt & pepper, and honey. Very simple and so refreshing. Plus it’s healthy!

And here’s the salad when it’s all mixed together:

Tropical Quinoa Salad with a Tangy Citrus Dressing

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Tropical Quinoa Salad with a Tangy Citrus Dressing
  • 3 cups cooked quinoa (I used tri-colored)
  • 3/4 cup mango
  • 1/2 cup strawberries
  • 1/2 cup blueberries
  • 2 kiwis
  • 2-3 clementines
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 clementine or 1 orange
  1. Prepare the quinoa according to package directions to make 3 cups cooked quinoa.
  2. Prepare the fruits: Peel and chop the mango. Wash and remove the stems of the strawberries and then chop. Peel the kiwis and slice or chop. Wash the blueberries and dry. Remove the peels from the clementines and separate into sections.
  3. Allow the quinoa to cool completely and add all the fruits. Mix together.
  4. Prepare the dressing by combining the olive oil, red wine vinegar, honey, dijon mustard, salt and pepper in a resealable jar. Shake until the ingredients are combined. Grate the outer peel of the clementine to get about one teaspoon zest. Then remove any remaining peel and squeeze all of the juice out of the clementine into the dressing. You should get two tablespoons of juice (if not, juice another one). Shake the ingredients together again.
  5. Pour the dressing over the salad and mix.
  6. Store this salad in the fridge

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      • chelseamessyapron says

        I think it depends on what store. Most often I’ve found it in the healthy food sections or gluten free sections. Occasionally I will buy it in bulk from Sam’s Club because it is cheaper that way. For tri-color quinoa, I recommend Bob’s Red Mill – that’s my favorite!

  1. says

    This looks AMAZING!! All of your photographs are so beautiful!! And definitely inspiring to eat healthy! Lovely!! And I hear ya on not being able to wait for warmer weather!! :) …so ready for summer!

  2. says

    Another beautiful salad!! I love the variety of fruit you used in this one. Very tropical indeed! I don’t think I’m 100% on board with quinoa, but I bet this salad would totally change my mind! So pretty! :)

  3. says

    Chelsea, you are so fabulous at making salads. The presentation is beautiful!! Really. I have never tried the tri-colored quinoa. I bought a bag of the red, and I didn’t like it much, usually stick to the right. I just need to experiment more with the red I guess 😉 The tri-colored will be the next bag I buy. Thanks for the salad inspiration. Pinned for later. Happy Monday!

  4. says

    I am in love with this salad, Chelsea! Quinoa is one of my favorite grains to cook with. It’s basically a staple in my house! Thanks so much for sharing at Marvelous Mondays. Pinned and sharing on G+!

    • chelseamessyapron says

      Thank you so much for pinning and sharing on G+ Julie! Love that quinoa is a staple in your house – same for us! :)

  5. Jamie @ Love Bakes Good Cakes says

    How pretty! Love this salad, Chelsea! My kids were easier to convince than my husband when it came to quinoa. I still don’t think he’s on board! LOL. Pinned!

  6. says

    I am loving all the tropical fruits and flavors in this salad – it looks beautiful! Love quinoa but I’ve still never tried the tri-colored one – it looks so pretty in here :)

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