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Summer Berry Quinoa Salad

The Summer Berry Quinoa Salad is a vibrant and flavorful explosion that captures the essence of summer on a plate. With its fresh and crisp ingredients, this salad is delicious and packed with various beneficial nutrients, making it a perfect choice for a light, healthy lunch or refreshing side dish.


Summer Berry Quinoa Salad

The foundation of this salad is the protein-rich quinoa. This tiny grain, cooked to fluffy perfection, adds a subtle nutty flavor and a satisfying chewiness. Quinoa is a complete protein, providing all nine essential amino acids, making it an excellent option for vegetarians and vegans. A bed of mixed greens adds freshness and vitamins. Depending on your preference, you can use the peppery bite of arugula or the slightly bitter taste of radicchio. These lettuces provide a canvas for the other ingredients to shine. Then comes the burst of summer berries. Juicy blueberries add sweetness and a pop of color while antioxidants fight free radicals in the body. Other berries, like raspberries or blackberries, can be substituted based on what's in season or your taste preference. Creamy avocado slices bring a luxurious richness to the salad. Avocados are a delicious source of healthy fats, essential for nutrient absorption and satiety.

Cucumber adds a refreshing coolness and a touch of hydration, perfect for a warm summer day. This low-calorie vegetable is also a source of vitamin K, which is essential for bone health. Halved cherry tomatoes burst with juicy sweetness, adding another layer of flavor and texture. They are also a good source of vitamin C, which supports the immune system.


The crowning touch is the creamy cashew dressing. Cashews, soaked to soften, are blended with zesty lime juice, fragrant cilantro, and a touch of honey for sweetness. A hint of mustard seed adds a subtle piquant note, while olive oil provides a healthy fat base. This flavorful dressing ties all the salad elements together in a harmonious symphony. Each bite of the Summer Berry Quinoa Salad is a delightful exploration of textures and flavors. The fluffy quinoa mingles with the crisp greens, the juicy berries burst with sweetness, and the creamy avocado adds a touch of richness. The tangy cashew dressing brings everything together in a cohesive and flavorful package.


Beyond its taste appeal, this salad is a nutritional powerhouse. Quinoa provides complete protein, while the berries offer a burst of antioxidants. Avocados are a source of healthy fats; vegetables add essential vitamins and minerals. The pumpkin seeds add a dose of healthy fats and protein, and the dried cranberries provide additional antioxidants. This well-balanced salad is a satisfying, delicious, nutritious meal that nourishes your body and delights your taste buds.


Serves- 3-4

Preparation time - 15 mins

Cooking time - 10-12 mins

Total Time - 25-27 mins


Ingredients


Summer Berry Quinoa Salad

Quinoa- ½ cup

Lettuce, Radicchio, frisee mix, or greens of your choice- 2 ½ cups

Blueberry- 1 cup

Avacado – 1

Cucumber- 1 (medium)

Cherry tomatoes – ½ cup

Pumpkin seeds- a handful

Dried cranberry – a handful (optional)

 

For dressing

Cashew- 1/3 cup (soaked)

Garlic – 2 pods

Yellow mustard seeds – 1 tbsp

Extra virgin olive oil -1 tbsp

Honey – 1 tbsp

Cilantro – 1 bunch

Lime juice – 1 whole lime

Salt – as per taste

Pepper – 1 tsp


Directions

  1. To prepare the quinoa, you will need a heavy-based stainless-steel pot. Start by boiling 1 cup of water in the pot, then add the quinoa and a pinch of salt. Cover the pot and let it simmer for 10-12 minutes until the quinoa is cooked and the water is absorbed. Once done, please switch off the flame and let it cool for 5 minutes.


Summer Berry Quinoa Salad

Summer Berry Quinoa Salad

Summer Berry Quinoa Salad


2. Add mustard, soaked cashews (soaking helps blend them easily), lime juice, garlic, salt, pepper, honey, and ¼ cup of water in a mixer. Blend it smooth.


Summer Berry Quinoa Salad


Summer Berry Quinoa Salad


 3. Add a big bowl of quinoa, salad greens, cucumber, avocado, tomatoes, blueberries, and chopped cilantro. Mix everything well. Then, add the dressing and mix it thoroughly. Finish it by adding pepitas and dried cranberries.


Summer Berry Quinoa Salad

Summer Berry Quinoa Salad

Summer Berry Quinoa Salad

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Thanks for giving such an amazing information 😇🥗..will try this with millet and chickpeas 😊

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kavjathan
kavjathan
Apr 20
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Lovely recipe!! And article!! As always!!!

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Amazing and refreshing salad with equally amazing dressing...willing to try this at home soon...🥗but can we use other ingredient than quinoa because I am not sure if I will get quinoa or not at the stores... 😍🥗..amazing blog post✍✍😇😊

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Shruti
Shruti
Apr 20
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I’m so glad you loved the recipe! It’s perfect for a light summer lunch or as a refreshing side dish. And no worries if you can’t find quinoa! Millet is a great substitute. It has a similar texture and cooks in about the same amount of time. Just keep in mind that millet, unlike quinoa, is an incomplete protein. To make your salad a complete protein source, you can easily add chickpeas, lentils or protien of your choice.

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