Red White and Blue Quinoa Fruit Salad

Work weeks leading up to a holiday weekends share a common, highly unattractive characteristic: they last way too long. Can we mutually agree to fast forward to Friday? We have Memorial Day cook outs to attend, beverages to drink, and Red White, and Blue Quinoa Fruit Salad to eat!

Red White and Blue Quinoa Fruit Salad with Honey Lime Dressing. Perfect for a healthy breakfast or lunch and so festive for Memorial Day or the Fourth of July! {paleo, gluten free}

In addition to the prospect of spending three days looking at this view, I’m especially excited for Memorial Day weekend, because my newly engaged younger sister and her fiancé are coming to visit us in Milwaukee. I can’t wait to show them around the city, kick it on the pontoon boat, and share a few meals on our back porch.

An incurable Type-A personality to the core, I have been known to plan friends’ visits weeks in advance, and even write to-do lists of what I need to accomplish each day leading up to the visit to prepare my home and pantry. My sister’s visit feels blessedly different.

Yes, the sheets will be fresh, the cookie jar full, and the refrigerator stocked with good Wisconsin beer (essentials). From there, I plan to let the group mood lead the way, and I have no doubt that a memorable weekend will follow.

My favorite summer salad! Red White and Blue Quinoa Fruit Salad with Honey Lime Dressing. High in protein, paleo, and gluten free!

Red White and Blue Quinoa Fruit Salad. So cute for Memorial Day or the Fourth of July! Love this for breakfast and lunch too.

Though I can’t give you a precise agenda of our plans, I do know that at least one day will find us at Ben’s parents’ lake for an afternoon of boating and pot-lucking. I’m planning to bring this Strawberry Blueberry Quinoa Fruit Salad. It’s fresh, summery, and the red-white-and-blue color scheme is festive for Memorial Day too.

Though the ingredients in this quinoa fruit salad recipe are simple, together they are invigorating and fresh. The sweet strawberries and plump blueberries sing of summer, the toasted almonds add texture and crunch, and the hearty quinoa makes the fruit salad feel substantial and satisfying.

Protein packed Red White and Blue Quinoa Fruit Salad. Must make for Memorial Day and the Fourth of July

The dressing for this Red, White, and Blue Quinoa Fruit Salad is the latest iteration of one of my favorite flavor trios, honey, lime, and mint. I’ve been hooked on the combo since I first made this Honey Lime Tofu Stir Fry. Together, the three create a light and zippy dressing that brings this quinoa fruit salad to life.

Red White and Blue Quinoa Fruit Salad. Must make for Memorial Day and the Fourth of July

Though I originally intended this quinoa fruit salad recipe as a side dish, I enjoyed it even more as a main over greens at lunch and even for breakfast with yogurt to create a fruity quinoa parfait. The parfait idea might sound like odd, but honestly, it was delicious, and I was sad to finish the last of the container. After a big bowl, I felt fully satisfied and was glowing with the kind of energy I assume is reserved for people who do hot yoga and can their own vegetables. After a serving of Red, White, and Blue Quinoa Fruit Salad, I felt ready to take on the world.

Or at least the next potluck.

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Red White and Blue Quinoa Fruit Salad

A healthy quinoa fruit salad with strawberries, blueberries, and a refreshing honey lime dressing. High in protein and perfect for breakfast, summer potlucks, and Memorial Day or the Fourth of July.

Yield: Serves 4

Total Time: 25 minutes

Ingredients:

For the Salad:

  • 3/4 cup dry quinoa
  • 16 ounces fresh strawberries
  • 9 ounces fresh blueberries
  • 1/2 cup toasted sliced almonds
  • 1/4 cup fresh mint leaves, julienned

For the Dressing:

  • 2 tablespoons honey (use maple syrup or agave to make vegan)
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

Directions:

  1. Prepare quinoa according to package directions. Fluff and place in a large serving bowl, then let cool slightly. In a small bowl or measuring cup, stir together the dressing ingredients: honey, lime juice, and salt.
  2. Trim and quarter the strawberries, then add them to the bowl along with the blueberries almonds and mint. Pour the dressing over the top, then toss gently to combine. Place in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
All images and text ©/Well Plated.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 (of 4)

  • Amount Per Serving:
  • Calories: 381
  • Total Fat: 11g
  • Saturated Fat: 0g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg
  • Sodium: 185mg
  • Carbohydrates: 62g
  • Fiber: 8g
  • Sugar: 18g
  • Protein: 11g

If you like this Red, White, and Blue Quinoa Fruit Salad, be sure to check out these other potluck-perfect recipes:

Just add blueberries to this Strawberry Mojito recipe, and you have the perfect red, white, and blue drink for Memorial Day or the Fourth of July! @wellplated

Blueberry Strawberry Mojitos

Super Summer Detox Salad

Super Summer Farro Salad

Full of spinach, feta, avocado, and lots of fresh strawberries, this Strawberry Farro Salad makes a perfect summer meal. Tossed in a balsamic poppy seed dressing. YUM! @wellplated

Strawberry Farro Salad with Avocado

About Erin Clarke

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44 comments

  1. Girl… speaking of hot yoga and homemade jam, this salad is totally MY jam! 

  2. This makes so me excited for 4th of July!!! 

  3. This is such a gorgeous salad. Love the red, white, and blue!

  4. What a beautiful salad – it looks so fresh, fruity, and fragrant! I can’t believe Memorial Day is just around the corner, though…!

  5. Hey girl-This sounds really good!! Yummy!! I’m ready for Summer to! YAY

  6. Impromptu gatherings in the summer are the best! And this fruit salad would definitely be the star! 

  7. im done with the rain as well..and this salad looks wonderful. i do mostly onion, bell peppers, and tomatoes so this will definitely be a nice change. 

  8. Yum!  This sounds delicious.  I especially like your idea of serving it with yogurt for breakfast.  I’ve been making a yogurt parfait for breakfast with quinoa and dried cherries, so this would update that idea of summer.  Definitely something I’ll want to make.

  9. These flavor combinations sound lovely (and I love the colors, too!).

    I’m right with you on being done with spring and ready for summer, this past weekend it felt like it was here already and I LOVED it!

  10. A beautiful and healthy side dish for Memorial Day! I can’t believe it’s only a few weeks away. 

  11. Please come make me this? I have leftover quinoa already… :)

  12. I am ready for ALL THE POTLUCKS now, thanks to this dish. You’re a lifesaver!

  13. I can’t even fathom that Memorial Day is two weeks away….Gahh anxiety ensues. BUT seeing something beautiful like this makes me happy, and happiness makes anxiety disappear. Seriously gorgeous, and perfect for summer! 

  14. This is so cute and super summery! I love the idea of fruit in quinoa salad :)

  15. I could enjoy this for breakfast…or topped with some whipped cream for dessert!

  16. I love the laid back feeling of summer, no more hibernation, time to get out and be social again! This salad is gorgeous and I love the dressing paired with it!

  17. I’m loving the red, white, and blue action going on here! It’s totally time for summer and backyard barbeques. Just say when and I’ll bring the beer!

  18. Um….can I eat this everyday until summer is over? YUM!

  19. Such a gorgeous salad!  I love the mint in the dressing – so fresh!

  20. This is such a gorgeous salad! Those berries look so juicy and delicious! Love the red white and blue! 

  21. This looks absolutely perfect for a Memorial Day get together! Beautiful recipe; thanks for posting!!

  22. I have been using a ton of quinoa lately and I love this mix up on it! The fresh fruit here is fantastic!

  23. This is incredible! I love making quinoa fruit salads! 

  24. haha oh gosh I am the same way – I feel like I need to always be feeding people! This quinoa salad looks fantastic – plus, I am a huge sucker for colorful foods :)

  25. Erin, I absolutely love the quinoa in here!!! Making this!!! gorgeous! 

  26. This looks like the perfect summer dish! Yum!

  27. This salad is so pretty! Perfect for summer. Can’t wait to make this! 

  28. I agree with you I am done with the rain and ready to fire up the grill too. This salad looks so summery and yummy! On top of that it is so beautiful. Love it ;-)

  29. This looks perfect for a Memorial Day party but I would also eat it just cuz. That dressing sounds so good! And I agree, bring on summertime!! 

  30. How long will this keep in the fridge? Making it for tomorrow but trying to decide whether to make it today or tomorrow morning 

  31. Oh, what great flavor combinations and so pretty! I’m definitely going to have to try this out for this weekend. Thanks for sharing. Pinning! 

  32. Elizabeth Lischner Reply

    I just came across this recipe and it looks wonderful.  Any suggestion for substitution for the almonds for those of us who have allergies?

  33. Whowww…. this tastes just great. Found this post a few days ago and had to try it. The guests we had over the weekend loved this quinoa fruit salad just as much as my family! You are right, the honey lime juice combination is tantalizing. Thanks for a great recipe!

  34. I love the simplicity of this dish, and the lime-honey dressing sounds divine! Also, I love your photograph with the strawberries, blueberries, and almonds – really cute!

  35. This is beautiful! I love adding berries to salads!

  36. This looks incredible! thank for sharing!

  37. shawnna griffin Reply

    hey girl this looks really good!

  38. I don’t understand where to get the actual recipe ingredients and the method when I look at your posts.
    Please enlighten me.

    • Hi Pauline! The recipe and instructions are located in the recipe box that’s right above the comments section. Try refreshing your page, and it should appear for you.

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