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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.

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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.


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


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

  1. Sarah — June 27, 2012 @ 4:55 pm

    I would SO eat this. Can’t wait to do just that!

  2. Kimberly — June 27, 2012 @ 4:59 pm

    You have this recipe posted under your Vegan recipes, but just so you’re aware it’s not truly Vegan because of the honey. However, I was able to substitute agave nectar for the honey, and this salad turned out to be super delicious! Thanks!

    • Two Peas replied: — June 27th, 2012 @ 5:55 pm

      Thanks for catching that! Yes, agave is a great substitute!

  3. aida mollenkamp — June 27, 2012 @ 5:21 pm

    So refreshing and healthy, Maria! I’ll definitely keep this in mind this summer.

  4. Julia {The Roasted Root} — June 27, 2012 @ 5:51 pm

    I still haven’t made a sweet dish using quinoa…only savory and I would love to try using it in a fruit salad. Like you, I’m a huge fruit freak, so your salad looks perfect to me (great for the 4th of July, too!)!

  5. Carla @ Carlas Confections — June 27, 2012 @ 6:27 pm

    Oh wow! This one is gorgeous! This is my fave red white and blue one so far. So beautiful :) Im salivating now…

  6. Vesta — June 27, 2012 @ 6:46 pm

    I just made a half batch of this and I am kicking myself for not making the whole amount. Delicious!

  7. Joanne — June 27, 2012 @ 8:07 pm

    I’ve become a fruit maniac this summer also! I don’t know what is up but I can’t stop eating it. This looks like the perfect lunch for me, then!

  8. Ann P. — June 27, 2012 @ 8:34 pm

    Wow, that looks heavenly. You are inspiring me to make a fruit salad right now! I have to go out and get some quinoa before I make this exact recipe, though :) But I can’t wait!

  9. Cara — June 27, 2012 @ 10:18 pm

    Sounds so refreshing! I love the simplicity of this dressing.

  10. amanda @ fake ginger — June 27, 2012 @ 10:27 pm

    I haven’t loved quinoa in the past when I’ve tried it but I think this would become a favorite of mine! Love all the gorgeous colors!

  11. I am a fruit fanatic too! I graze on it throughout the day. It’s just so good during this time of year!

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  13. Jan LeBaron — June 28, 2012 @ 5:34 am

    I love quinoa and this looks so good! We experimented using quinoa in a recipe last night. I’ll be posting about it in the next couple of days! We found our red quinoa (as well as white and black) at Good Earth. Beautiful photos!

  14. naomi — June 28, 2012 @ 8:37 am

    So fresh, so healthy and so YUMMY!

  15. Cassie (bake your day) — June 28, 2012 @ 9:50 am

    Fruit in summer is so perfect. Love the color contrast in this, the dressing sounds so good too!

  16. susan — June 28, 2012 @ 10:15 am

    what a great way to get your protein and your fruit!

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  18. I just made this yesterday and it was delicious! I will be posting it today! Thanks Maria! :)

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  20. Riley — June 28, 2012 @ 1:03 pm

    Yum! I have a ton of pineapple to use, so I think I’ll throw some of that in too!

  21. Theresa — June 28, 2012 @ 1:18 pm

    I made this last night used peaches, blueberries,blackberries, raspberries & red grapes – served it wih grilled rosemary garlic shrimp. It was fanastic. I just finished The Digest Diet and this recipe fits perfectly with their meal plans. Thank you!

  22. Karly — June 28, 2012 @ 1:38 pm

    This looks so light and refreshing! Perfect lunch for days like today when it’s 100+ degrees out there!

  23. Jessica S — June 28, 2012 @ 1:50 pm

    This looks so yummy! I made something similar with some left-over couscous for lunch yesterday, but I used a lemon basil dressing. I like the idea of honey lime! Yum!

  24. Nicole, RD — June 28, 2012 @ 4:54 pm

    I want this for breakfast! Why not, right?!

  25. Veggie101 — June 28, 2012 @ 11:37 pm

    Thanks for the shout out! Love your blog :)

  26. Javelin Warrior — June 29, 2012 @ 12:18 am

    Another delicious creation – I’m featuring this in today’s Food Fetish Friday (with a link-back and attribution). I hope you have no objections and I always love dropping by to see what you’ve created…

  27. Sommer@ASpicyPerspective — June 30, 2012 @ 11:26 am

    Maria, this is stunning. So fresh and healthy, the perfect summer dish!

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  30. when I start eating quinoa again [let’s hope post pregnancy], I’ll be making this for sure!

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  32. Jessica @ How Sweet — July 2, 2012 @ 9:05 pm

    totally going to make this for the 4th. LOVE this idea!

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  34. Lori — July 4, 2012 @ 8:48 pm

    I finally made this salad. I love, love, love it! I used a red, black and r”white quinoa combo fromWhole Foods. Very tasty! Thank you for yet another great, healthy recipe!

  35. Kristina Vanni — July 6, 2012 @ 5:42 pm

    What a great healthy dish. So much color and nutrients!

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  37. Jennifer (Savor) — July 9, 2012 @ 6:17 am

    Now this is my kind of salad…..and now you made me crave some whole grains. yum!

  38. Andrea — July 12, 2012 @ 5:14 pm

    Found this today on pinterest… came home not even 2 hours later and now am devouring a bowl of it with fresh picked blueberries, perfectly ripe peaches, and huge raspberries! Yum! I didn’t have any mint and used up all the honey I had on hand, but I will be making this again (soon)! Thanks for a keeper recipe!

  39. Teresa Barsanti — July 15, 2012 @ 4:49 pm

    I made this today and it is sooooo good! Although, in the future I’ll need to double this because we’re eating it so fast. Thank you!

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