mango blueberry quinoa salad.

27 Sep

yesterday, while i was munching on my afternoon snack of peaches & blueberries, i brainstormed concoctions to make use of the impressive amount of end-of-summer produce we’ve got in the house. i knew i wanted to do something with the fruit other than use it in a dessert dish.

how happy was i to stumble across this delicious quinoa dish?!

what’s that you say?

MANGO. BLUEBERRY. QUINOA.

i am TOTALLY making this tonight.

i’ll add peaches onto the mango blueberryness as well as some chickpeas for even MORE fiber and texture. i’m a huge quinoa fan. it cooks in bulk, keeps for days, is a versatile base for sweet or savory recipes, and is a great source of fiber and protein. in fact quinoa is a source of COMPLETE protein, supplying all 9 essential amino acids. BOOM. whole grain win.

here’s the recipe in short. more info on the scrumptious veggie-belly!

ingredients for the quinoa
1/2 cup quinoa
1 cup water

ingredients for the fruits and veggies
½ cup fresh blueberries
½ cup cubed ripe mangoes
½ cup cubed cucumbers
1/2 tablespoon dried cranberries

ingredients for the lemon basil dressing
1½ tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon lemon zest
10 Basil leaves, chopped finely
Salt and pepper

method: preparing the quinoa
rinse quinoa under cold running water and drain.
if using a rice cooker: measure 1 cup quinoa to 2 cups water and combine in rice cooker. cook on white rice setting. let cool when cooking is finished.

if using stove top: bring 1 3/4 cups water to a boil in a small pot. Stir quinoa and a pinch of salt into water. Reduce heat, cover and simmer until tender and liquid is absorbed, 15 to 20 minutes. uncover and let cool.

method: preparing the fruits
combine the fruits in a bowl and refrigerate till you are ready to serve the salad.
whisk together all the dressing ingredients, except the chopped basil. refrigerate dressing until you are ready to serve.
chop and add the basil to the dressing just before serving.

let me know what you think of the dish if you try this out!!

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