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Quinoa Fruit Salad with Honey Lime Dressing

I am a fruit fanatic, especially in the summer. I eat fruit with every meal and snack on various fruits throughout the day. When it is hot outside, sometimes all I want to eat is fruit. My latest obsession is this Quinoa Fruit Salad with Honey Lime Dressing. It is light and refreshing and perfect for a hot summer day.

For this particular Quinoa Fruit Salad, I used blueberries, strawberries, and mango. Feel free to use whatever fruit you like-peaches, blackberries, raspberries, kiwi, and pineapple are great options. I like to mix it up with whatever fruit I have in the fridge. I also used red quinoa, but any variety of quinoa will work. I just like the pop of color the red quinoa adds to the salad.

The Honey Lime Dressing is easy to whisk together and is the perfect ending to the colorful Quinoa Fruit Salad. I also added in a touch of fresh mint because our backyard is being taken over by mint…and it adds a refreshing kick.

If you are looking for a new fruit salad to make this summer, give this easy and healthy Quinoa Fruit Salad with Honey Lime Dressing a try! It goes well with any summer meal and is a great way to enjoy all of the fine fruits summer has to offer.

Quinoa Fruit Salad

Yield: Serves 6-as a side dish

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Quinoa with blueberries, strawberries, mango, and a refreshing honey lime dressing. This easy and healthy Quinoa Fruit Salad goes well with any summer meal.

Ingredients:

1 cup quinoa (I used Red Quinoa)
2 cups water
Pinch of salt

For the Honey Lime Dressing:

Juice of 1 large lime
3 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh mint

For the fruit:

1 1/2 cups blueberries
1 1/2 cups sliced strawberries
1 1/2 cups chopped mango
Extra chopped mint, for garnish-optional

Directions:

1. Using a strainer, rinse the quinoa under cold water. Add quinoa, water, and salt to a medium saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat. Boil for 5 minutes. Turn the heat to low and simmer for about 15 minutes, or until water is absorbed. Remove from heat and fluff with a fork. Let quinoa cool to room temperature.

2. To make the Honey Lime Dressing: In a medium bowl, whisk the lime juice, honey, and mint together until combined.

3. In a large bowl, combine quinoa, blueberries, strawberries, and mango. Pour honey lime dressing over the fruit salad and mix until well combined. Garnish with additional mint, if desired. Serve at room temperature or chilled.

Note-Use your favorite fruit in this salad. Blackberries, peaches, kiwi, raspberries, pineapple, grapes, etc. are great options!

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186 Responses to “Quinoa Fruit Salad with Honey Lime Dressing”

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    Averie @ Averie Cooks — June 27, 2012 @ 3:14 am

    I love the berries you used…and the dressing…anyone could and should be able to get into quinoa like this!

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    Deborah Nowland — June 27, 2012 @ 3:49 am

    Where do you find the red quinoa? I was introduced to the red quinoa a couple months ago and have been unable to find it in my stores.

    • Two Peas replied: — June 27th, 2012 @ 9:17 am

      I buy red quinoa at Whole Foods or Winnco. I hope you can find it!

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    Lynna H. — June 27, 2012 @ 3:58 am

    Honey lime dressing sounds so gooddd! :)

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    Cate — June 27, 2012 @ 4:12 am

    All I want to eat in the summer is ice cream! Fruit would be a much healthier addiction :)

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    kitchen essence — June 27, 2012 @ 4:25 am

    looks so fresh and vibrant! Do you grow your own fruits/herbs/vegetables?

    • Two Peas replied: — June 27th, 2012 @ 9:16 am

      We grow our own herbs and we have a plum tree, but that’s it.

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    kitchen essence — June 27, 2012 @ 4:26 am

    so fresh and vibrant! do you grow your own fruit and veg?

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    Rosa — June 27, 2012 @ 4:41 am

    Original, beautiful, fresh, delicious and healthy! This salad is perfect.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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    Kathryn — June 27, 2012 @ 5:08 am

    This does sound like such a great summer lunch!

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    Blog is the New Black — June 27, 2012 @ 5:23 am

    This looks fantastic and refreshing!

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    This is so pretty! Perfect for summer – I love it!

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    Amy — June 27, 2012 @ 6:41 am

    I’ve never thought about using quinoa in a cold fruit salad before. I will save this for when summer returns to the southern hemisphere! I bet this would be beautiful for a summer breakfast with a generous dollop of Greek yoghurt :)

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    Rachel Cooks — June 27, 2012 @ 7:50 am

    Love this! Seriously, love everything about this. I really like that you used red quinoa, it is so pretty!

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    DessertForTwo — June 27, 2012 @ 7:53 am

    We’re fruit fanatics, too! I love how you just turned fruit into a light meal! :)

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    Ali @ Gimme Some Oven — June 27, 2012 @ 8:04 am

    Beautiful!!! I have been a fruit fanatic too this summer…and I suppose every summer. :) So fresh and delicious! :)

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    chinmayie @ love food eat — June 27, 2012 @ 8:39 am

    Yum! That looks like something you can eat for any meal of the day and even as dessert.

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    Julie — June 27, 2012 @ 8:55 am

    I’m one of those people who just really doesn’t love quinoa, no matter how much I try to because of its health benefits. This, though, looks absolutely delicious and perfect for hot summer days. The dressing sounds amazing!

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    Traci — June 27, 2012 @ 9:01 am

    I’ve made a version of this with a creamy yogurt dressing. I’m going to try yours for a dinner. I LOVE fruit. Thanks for sharing!

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    Cookbook Queen — June 27, 2012 @ 9:22 am

    It’s so hot here in Arkansas…fruit is the perfect dessert. Love the combo and LOVE that dressing!!

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    Yum! I can see a big bowl of this salad for breakfast!!

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    Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch — June 27, 2012 @ 9:48 am

    Such a beautiful salad, Maria!

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    Brian @ A Thought For Food — June 27, 2012 @ 9:50 am

    You just made my foodie heart pitter patter! Beautiful.

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    So pretty! I love this use for summer fruits! Can’t wait to enjoy it for lunch on a hot summer day!

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    cathy @ Noble Pig — June 27, 2012 @ 10:01 am

    I love this, especially the red quinoa, which I haven’t seen in my neck of the woods. And I bet the mint just makes this perfect. Have a great day!

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    Athena @ Fitness & Feta — June 27, 2012 @ 10:03 am

    I am on SUCH a quinoa kick lately. This looks great, I will definitely be trying it soon. Thanks!

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    Bev @ Bev Cooks — June 27, 2012 @ 10:20 am

    It’s like the best thing I’ve ever looked at.

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    Wendys Hat — June 27, 2012 @ 10:29 am

    Yum! That sounds and looks great! Thanks

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    What a light, refreshing, and healthy dish Maria! I’vebeen looking for something light to make this weekend. The honey lime dressing sounds incredible. I love simple homemade recipes just like this. Can never go wrong with all that fruit, too!

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    Jessica@AKitchenAddiction — June 27, 2012 @ 11:00 am

    This is beautiful! Definitely a perfect summer salad!

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    Emily — June 27, 2012 @ 11:26 am

    I’ve only had savory quinoa dishes so I’m really excited to mix it up with this fruit recipe!

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    I only ever do quinoa with veggies. What a great idea to make it into a fruit salad. Looks gorgeous, and I am sure it makes an amazing snack!

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    Erica — June 27, 2012 @ 1:00 pm

    oh my gosh- so with you! I could eat fruit all day every day. The quinoa is such a fun add in. Makes it more meal like…justifying our fruit intake…I like it!

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    ahhh this looks so refreshing. You can’t go wrong with two of the best things-quinoa + fruit!

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    I’m a total fruit fanatic too! Berries and watermelon are never safe around me :)

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    Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes — June 27, 2012 @ 1:34 pm

    I love fuit too! Yum!

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    Katie @ Blonde Ambition — June 27, 2012 @ 1:41 pm

    I’ve never thought of mixing quinoa and fruit! What a creative idea :)

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    Melissa Kalson — June 27, 2012 @ 2:35 pm

    Where would you find quinoa? In the fruit and produce section or a specialty store? It sounds like it would come from a specialty shop :)

    Can’t wait to try this it looks so yummy and colorful.

    • Two Peas replied: — June 27th, 2012 @ 4:35 pm

      Look in the grain aisle by the pasta and rice. I buy it in the bulk bins at Whole Foods, Sunflower Market, Smith’s, and Winnco. Most stores have it.

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    that looks of delicious! and that dressing sounds divine!

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    HeatherChristo — June 27, 2012 @ 3:07 pm

    Maybe I will have to stop calling you the cookie queen and start calling you the gorgeous, healthy salad queen….

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    Jessica — June 27, 2012 @ 3:13 pm

    Gorgeous!!! :)

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    marla — June 27, 2012 @ 3:21 pm

    Loved seeing this all over Pinterest today! Such a great looking fruit salad :)

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