Quinoa Fruit Salad with Honey Lime Dressing

Quinoa Fruit Salad is simple, fresh, and healthy and the perfect side dish for summer.

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.

Quinoa Fruit Salad with Honey Lime Dressing on twopeasandtheirpod.com My favorite fruit salad recipe!

Quinoa Fruit Salad with Honey Lime Dressing an easy and healthy side dish for summer BBQ's and potlucks

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.

Make sure you check out our Berry Quinoa Salad too!

Easy Quinoa Fruit Salad is a great side dish for any meal

Quinoa Fruit Salad

Quinoa with blueberries, strawberries, mango, and a refreshing honey lime dressing. This easy and healthy Quinoa Fruit Salad goes well with any summer meal.
5 from 4 votes

Ingredients
  

For the Quinoa:

  • 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 ½ cups blueberries
  • 1 ½ cups sliced strawberries
  • 1 ½ cups chopped mango
  • Extra chopped mint for garnish-optional

Instructions
 

  • 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.
  • To make the Honey Lime Dressing: In a medium bowl, whisk the lime juice, honey, and mint together until combined.
  • 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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  1. I love the berries you used…and the dressing…anyone could and should be able to get into quinoa like this!

  2. 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.

  3. 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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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

  5. Beautiful!!! I have been a fruit fanatic too this summer…and I suppose every summer. ๐Ÿ™‚ So fresh and delicious! ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. 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!

  7. 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!

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

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

  10. 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!

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

  12. 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!

  13. 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!

  14. 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!

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

  16. I’m a total fruit fanatic too! Berries and watermelon are never safe around me ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. 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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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

    1. 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.

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

  19. 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!

  20. 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!)!

  21. Oh wow! This one is gorgeous! This is my fave red white and blue one so far. So beautiful ๐Ÿ™‚ Im salivating now…

  22. 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!

  23. 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 ๐Ÿ™‚ But I can’t wait!

  24. 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!

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

  26. 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!

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

  28. I just made this yesterday and it was delicious! I will be posting it today! Thanks Maria! ๐Ÿ™‚

  29. 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!

  30. 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!

  31. 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…

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

  33. 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!

  34. 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!

  35. 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!

  36. Just perfection! Thank you so much Maria, wonderful for a summer day, will share it with my friends and family in my blog! My 2 year old adores red Quinoa a fruit, so this is just spot on for today’s picnic!!!! Greetings from sunny Oslo!!!

    1. 1 cup uncooked, you cook it. Look at the recipe for instructions! I hope you enjoy! It is one of my favorite summer salads!

  37. I just made this for a brunch party and it was FABULOUS. Total crowd pleaser! And so pretty to look at and healthy to eat. Thank your,

  38. this is random, but do you know where to get the bowl your food is in? i picked up a couple at TJMaxx a while back and don’t know the maker or where to get more!

  39. Wow, that’s what I was looking for, what a data! existing here at this website, thanks admin of this site.

  40. This looks incredible with the bright colours. I’d never have thought to put quinoa in a fruit salad before.

  41. This looks great and I’m trying it today, just wondered – did you put the dressing on at the end or earlier to allow the flavours to absorb?

  42. This was delicious, and so easy since I had a big bag of mixed frozen fruit on hand! It was definitely better the first day than after sitting in the fridge overnight, but I may have slightly overcooked the quinoa, too (it got soggy the next day). Definitely a winner, though! I had a mix of peaches, pineapple, mango, and strawberries. ๐Ÿ™‚

  43. I just ran across this recipe and made it for a family campout. It was great because it didn’t require a ton of refrigeration like potato salad would. Everyone tried it and although I only heard a few raves, the large bowl was mostly gone. I increased the amoutn of dressing because it didn’t seem like much but today’s leftovers are VERY lime-y. Even the kids tried it because of all the fruit!
    Thanks for the recipe~

  44. I’m not a big fan of Quinoa. but I do eat it. I LOVED this dish. You couldn’t taste the Quinoa, yet it had the protein to fill me up. YUMMY!!! I used white Quinoa. This will be a recipe I keep. Thank you!

  45. this is random, but do you know where to get the bowl your food is in? i picked up a couple at TJMaxx a while back and donโ€™t know the maker or where to get more!

  46. Made this with cantaloupe instead of mango (husband doesn’t like mango ๐Ÿ™ _) and it was fantastic! Best fruit salad I’ve ever had.

  47. This looks delicious! Do you think I could substitute frozen fruit and get a somewhat similar effect without it turning into a big goopy mess? (Assuming I thaw my frozen fruit at room temp, and not in the microwave).

  48. 5 stars
    To really take this recipe over the top, add goat cheese! It really tied everything together perfectly.
    I served this for people at brunch and it was a huge hit!

  49. I hate that I clicked on a link on fb for a story about Chrissy Metz and ended up here. At least be honest in your advertising. This type of garbage infuriates me.

    1. That ad is not from us. Someone showed it to me and I have no idea how that got on Facebook. We would never put an ad like that up and I have no idea why they linked to our site and this recipe. It doesn’t make sense. Sorry!

  50. This sounds so lovely for a Spring brunch I am planning! Do you think it would be good on a bed of baby spinach?

  51. Quinoa is a very healthy and tasty option for breakfast. It is low in calories and promotes weight loss. The high protein content in it keeps you full for a longer time thus reducing overeating.

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  53. 5 stars
    Well itโ€™s not summer and I didnโ€™t have mango, I substituted pineapple, still great!great! Simple wonderful recipe!