This superfood quinoa is perfect for summer! It’s light, refreshing, colorful, nutritious, and of course, very delicious! It’s so simple and easy to make! Cook the dry quinoa into water first, let it cool down, and combine with the remaining ingredients. Bring this quinoa salad for lunch, share it with your kids, and you can even bring it for a healthy picnic!
I made this salad for my step son as he has a special diet, and he loved it! He wanted to have another bowl. Even his youngest brother said it was good! Make your kids taste what you make. They like to eat like us. And this salad, your kids will love it with the natural sweetness of the fruits. I normally don’t mix fruits in my salads but I wanted to make something different and fun for summer!
Are you familiar with quinoa? Quinoa is a pseudo-cereal, just like buckwheat. It’s not a grain but a seed. Quinoa is gluten-free, and is high in proteins, fiber, Iron and Magnesium. Because quinoa is a complete source of proteins, you don’t need to combine it or add another protein. It’s also very easily digested. Quinoa is cooked just like rice, and need to be rinsed prior to be cooked.
I’ve added some fresh blueberries and goji berries to the salad. These superfood berries are packed with antioxidants and add a nice touch of color and sweetness.
This quinoa salad is vegan, gluten, and soy-free. Hope your family enjoy it. If making for small children, you may want to avoid goji berries – especially if they can’t chew. And of course, you want to cut fruits in smaller pieces.
- 1 cup quinoa, cooked and cooled
- ½ mangoes, diced
- 2 tbsp goji berries
- 2 tbsp pistachio, chopped
- 2 tbsp mint, minced
- ¼ cup blueberries
- 2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
- ½ lime, juice
- Sea salt, to taste
- Pinch cayenne pepper, optional
- Cook the quinoa in water if not done already. Allow to cool down. Reserve.
- In a large bowl, add cooked quinoa and the remaining ingredients. Toss and serve, or store in the refrigerator until ready to eat.