Summertime Quinoa Berry Salad

by Amie on July 9, 2012

There’s nothing quite like a bowl of quinoa and greens.

And a few fresh raspberries n’ blackberries, too.

So pretty and so easy to make.

Just a few ingredients from my garden and a quick trip to the market for fresh berries.

And voila.

A perfectly delicious gluten-free salad.

Great for a summer afternoon on your back deck or an evening BBQ.

Either way- it’s a winner.

Heck, I’d even serve the leftovers for dessert (without the lettuce) mixed with some almond milk and cashews.  Wouldn’t ya say that’d be delish?

I think so.

Sometimes a bowl of quinoa can be a bit heavy on the belly- so I opted for a mix of fresh baby greens to add a lil’ roughage to this dish.

The secret to this quinoa salad is placing it in the fridge for 25 minutes before serving so it’s chilled and refreshing.

Mmmmm.

Dig in ladies n’ gents.

Quinoa Berry Salad
Recipe type: Appetizer
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Serves: 4
 
Gluten-Free and Vegan
Ingredients
  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 1 pint organic blackberries
  • 1 pint organic raspberries
  • 1 tsp. dried basil
  • 2 cups mixed greens
  • 2 scallions, finely chopped
  • 2 Tbsp. white balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp. stevia powder
  • ½ tsp. sea salt
  • ½ tsp. freshly ground white pepper
  • 1 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh lemon zest, plus more for serving
  • 2 Tbsp. ground flax seeds
Instructions
  1. Cook quinoa according to package. Remove from heat; set aside to cool for 20 minutes.
  2. In a large bowl, combine cooked quinoa, blackberries, raspberries, basil, mixed greens and scallions; gently toss to combine. Place in the refrigerator for 25 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, in a separate bowl, whisk remaining ingredients.
  4. Remove quinoa salad from the fridge; drizzle with balsamic dressing.
  5. Serve chilled with additional lemon zest.

 

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Mikelle @ Zen Thyroid July 9, 2012 at 2:41 pm

As always, amazing pictures and delicious recipe! Berries with quinoa?!?!? Love it! I hadn’t thought of doing that as part of a salad before. Yum. Quinoa is so good with everything, isn’t it? Thanks, Amie!

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Amie July 9, 2012 at 6:32 pm

Thanks so much, Mikelle; you are so kind! I hope you enjoy this recipe- yes quinoa goes perfectly with everything from sweet to savory. Have a great night!

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Beverly Milley July 9, 2012 at 7:19 pm

HI AMIE,

YOU MAKE EVERYTHING LOOK SO GREAT. I LOVE USEING QUINOA IN EVERYTHING I HAVE IT COOKED AND READY EVERYDAY. I AM GOING TO TRY TO GET FRESH BERRIES AT FARMERS MARKET TOMORROW AND MAKE THIS FOR MY BBQ. THANKS FOR ALL YOUR WONDERFULY IDEAS.

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Amie July 9, 2012 at 7:29 pm

Thank you Beverly; hope you enjoy this quinoa berry salad- it’s delish! Have a wonderful week!

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The Healthy Hostess July 9, 2012 at 8:30 pm

Great recipe Amie!
Hope you are great!
xoxo

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Amie July 9, 2012 at 8:40 pm

Awe; thank you! I miss you; hope you are well. xox

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Kati @ Around the Plate July 10, 2012 at 10:48 am

This salad makes me so happy! Looks great!!

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Amie July 10, 2012 at 10:58 am

Thanks so much Kati; hope you enjoy it! Have a sunny day!

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