Tropical Quinoa Salad

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FRUIT QUINOA SALAD! A tri-colored quinoa salad packed with tropical fruits and dressed in a tangy citrus dressing. This salad is vibrant, healthy, and delicious! I Recipe from chelseasmessyapron.com

A tri-colored quinoa salad packed with tropical fruits and dressed in a tangy citrus dressing. This salad is vibrant, healthy, and delicious!

FRUIT QUINOA SALAD! A tri-colored quinoa salad packed with tropical fruits and dressed in a tangy citrus dressing. This salad is vibrant, healthy, and delicious! I Easy recipe from chelseasmessyapron.com

Fresh fruit, tri-colored quinoa, and a tangy citrus dressing = pure summer bliss in a bowl.

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 summer meals ever — fresh, light, healthy, and packed with flavor!
FRUIT QUINOA SALAD! A tri-colored quinoa salad packed with tropical fruits and dressed in a tangy citrus dressing. This salad is vibrant, healthy, and delicious! I via chelseasmessyapron.com

FRUIT QUINOA SALAD! A tri-colored quinoa salad packed with tropical fruits and dressed in a tangy citrus dressing. This salad is vibrant, healthy, and delicious! I Recipe via chelseasmessyapron.com

FRUIT QUINOA SALAD! A tri-colored quinoa salad packed with tropical fruits and dressed in a tangy citrus dressing. This salad is vibrant, healthy, and delicious! I Recipe from chelseasmessyapron.com

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 summer long!!

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Tropical Quinoa Salad

5 from 3 votes
A tri-colored quinoa salad packed with tropical fruits and dressed in a tangy citrus dressing. This salad is vibrant, healthy, and delicious!
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Tropical Quinoa Salad

5 from 3 votes
A tri-colored quinoa salad packed with tropical fruits and dressed in a tangy citrus dressing. This salad is vibrant, healthy, and delicious!
Course Salad
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 6 side salads
Calories 297kcal
Author Chelsea

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 1/4 teaspoon zest
  • 1 and 1/4 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil or olive oil
  • Salt and pepper I use about 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • Optional: fresh limes

Instructions

  • Prepare the quinoa according to package directions.
  • 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.
  • Allow the quinoa to cool completely and add all the fruits. Gently mix together.
  • 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.)
  • Pour the dressing over the salad and mix. If desired squeeze a wedge of lime over the salad.
  • Store this salad in the fridge.

Nutrition Facts

Calories: 297kcal

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29 Comments

      1. 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. You are so sweet! Thank you Justine ๐Ÿ™‚ thanks for the pin! Hope you are having a great weekend!

  1. 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!! ๐Ÿ™‚ …so ready for summer!

  2. 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! ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. 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 ๐Ÿ˜‰ The tri-colored will be the next bag I buy. Thanks for the salad inspiration. Pinned for later. Happy Monday!

    1. Thank you so much for pinning and sharing on G+ Julie! Love that quinoa is a staple in your house – same for us! ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. 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!

  5. 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 ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Hi! I could have sworn I’ve been to your blog before but after going through
    many of the articles I realized it’s new to me. Anyhow, I’m definitely happy I found it and
    I’ll be book-marking it and checking back frequently!

  7. 5 stars
    This salad is amazing! A friend of mine recently turned me on to quinoa and when I saw this recipe I knew I wanted to try it. My baby is due in 3 weeks and I have been trying to plan pre, active and post labor meals and thought this would hit the spot and give me an energy boost to get through it. I just made it to see if its a must have when the time comes and it is! I cant stop eating it haha its so delicious. Thanks so much for sharing this recipe. It is my new go to! Yum!

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