Strawberry Quinoa Fruit Salad with Citrus Vinaigrette

This Strawberry Quinoa Fruit salad is the perfect combination of savory and sweet -- and is anything but boring. Fresh California strawberries, blueberries, mango, avocado, quinoa, and red onion are tossed in a light citrus vinaigrette and topped with crushed chile lime mango crisps. It's the perfect side dish for your Spring parties and Summer barbecues!

Ah, sweet strawberries... 

Seriously. 

So sweet. And DELISH.

Especially the organic ones! 

And you know what's even sweeter? When berry season is in full swing and the organic ones are only a couple bucks! Or when you can get out to an actual strawberry farm to pick your own (<--- totally on my bucket list). 

california strawberries

Beautiful, nourishing, delicious food... it just makes me HAPPY!!!  

Recently, I was interviewed for an article about being a social influencer. And my advice was:

"Just DO YOU. Don't be swayed by what others are doing --- or discouraged because you don't fit into their box. Create your own box! At one point I felt like I wasn't a great food photographer because I didn't have a lot of the dark, moodier shots. But I realized I'm ok with that. I love bright, colorful, nourishing food --- and my IG feed and blog reflect that."

This salad could also be called Bright, Colorful, Nourishing Rainbow Fruit Salad, am I right?!? Or unicorn food? 

Red: strawberries
Orange: mango
Yellow: cooked quinoa
Green: avocado
Blue: blueberries
Purple: red onion

strawberry quinoa fruit salad ingredients

strawberry quinoa fruit salad stirring

strawberry quinoa fruit salad served

This strawberry fruit salad has it all: healthy fat from the avocado, plant-based protein and fiber from the quinoa, vitamin C from the strawberries, antioxidants from the blueberries, and a light crunch from the crisps. It's great on its own (by the bowlful) or with a dollop of plain Greek yogurt, or even on top of a taco. 

strawberry quinoa fruit salad with citrus vinaigrette

And in case you need a few more reasons to add more beautiful strawberries into your life, did you know:

  • One serving of eight strawberries has more vitamin C than an orange! 
  • They are low on the glycemic index -- and have half the calories of a banana and half the sugar of an apple.
  • The antioxidants, fiber, and phytochemicals in strawberries have been shows to reduce total cholesterol levels!

strawberry quinoa salad closeup

For more strawberry recipes, visit http://www.heartoffarmers.com/recipes/

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Rainbow Quinoa Fruit Salad with Citrus Vinaigrette

Description

strawberry fruit salad | fruit salad with quinoa | rainbow fruit salad | spring strawberry recipes

Ingredients

4 cups
diced organic California strawberries
3⁄4 cups
fresh blueberries
3⁄4 cups
diced mango
3⁄4 cups
Cooked Quinoa
1  
Avocado (pitted, peeled, then diced)
2 tablespoons
diced red onion (optional)
2 tablespoons
Orange Juice (for the dressing)
2 tablespoons
raw agave nectar (for the dressing --- or sub honey)
1 tablespoon
avocado oil (for the dressing)
1⁄2 teaspoon
rice vinegar (for the dressing)
   
juice from 1 lime (for the dressing)
10  
Chile Lime Mango Harvest Snaps* - Black Bean Crisps (to garnish)

Notes

*Here's a link to the Harvest Snaps, so you can see the packaging and such. I buy them at Sprouts.

Instructions

  1. Combine the fruit, quinoa, avocado, and red onion in a medium mixing bowl. Set aside.
  2. In a large measuring cup, combine the dressing ingredients. Use a whisk to thoroughly mix it up. 
  3. When ready to eat, pour the dressing over the fruit salad. Then, serve into bowls. 
  4. Top with crushed Chile Lime Mango Harvest Snap Crisps (optional). 

Yields 8 Servings