Mango Blueberry Quinoa Salad | Refreshing Summer Meal

by Melissa on June 20, 2011

Quinoa. I had heard about this super food for a while now, and I finally decided to make the leap and try it out. Since it was a completely new food to me, I did a little bit of research, and wow, quinoa really is amazing. Quinoa is high in protein, complete protein, which means that it contains all nine essential amino acids. For a complete list of all health benefits, take a look at Whole Food’s blog.

Although quinoa at first appears to be a grain, it is actually the seeds of a plant that is related to spinach, beets and chard. When cooked quinoa seeds become fluffy and slightly crunchy with a bit of nutty flavor.

For my first quinoa dish, I made the mango blueberry quinoa salad recipe by Veggie Belly, with a few slight changes. The original recipe is by Marks and Spencer, a grocery store in the UK. This really was a great, light and refreshing summer salad. And it was so easy to make!

In my opinion, you can not go wrong when mangoes are in the recipe.


Cube the mangoes so that they are approximately the same size as the blueberries. Mine were slightly larger, maybe I need to work on my cutting skills.


Ingredients (Serves 2):

Quinoa
1/2 cup quinoa (washed)
1 cup water

Salad ingredients (minus the quinoa)
1 mango cut into cubes
1/2 cup blueberries
1 medium cucumber cut into cubes
1/4 cup dried cranberries

Dressing
1 1/2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
Juice from 1 lemon
1 teaspoon orange marmalade
10 Basil leaves chopped finely
Salt and pepper to taste

Let’s Cook!
Boil the water in a medium skillet, then add the quinoa. Turn heat down to medium, cover the skillet and let simmer for about 10-12 minutes or until the quinoa is cooked. Remove from heat and let the quinoa cool to room temperature.

While the quinoa is cooking, prepare the other ingredients. Combine the fruits and cucumber in a medium bowl. And whisk together all of the dressing ingredients, except the basil.

When the quinoa has cooled, combine the basil with the dressing and mix half of the dressing into the quinoa. Combine the quinoa with the fruits and cucumber mixture and serve immediately with the rest of the dressing.

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1 Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga June 20, 2011 at 3:12 pm

Melissa it’s beautiful! The recipe AND the pics!

Where did you get that wood plank that’s underneath your food? Did you make it? I have seen DIY posts on making/painting/sanding planks like that but I am not feeling crafty..I’m feeling busy and like I’d love to buy one :)

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2 Melissa Crane June 20, 2011 at 3:18 pm

Thanks Averie! I made the wood plank that’s under the food, and had my husband help me :)

I haven’t been able to find wood planks that looked like this so I gave in, bought some food at Home Depot and made my own. It took a couple hours over a weekend, but thankfully wasn’t all that difficult.

http://www.dotdotinteractive.com/2011/06/diy-rustic-background-for-photography-work-wednesday/

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3 Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga June 20, 2011 at 9:53 pm

Yeah, I know. I have seen many posts about DIY projects to make them
http://www.recipegirl.com/2011/06/11/if-youre-into-food-photography-and-styling/
and she has a backlink to another site

I just dont want to deal with it. Lol

You say a couple hours…that translates to like 8 for me. haha!

But it seems worth it b/c I just really need to do that!

Oh and I just started a giveaway on my site for Lightroom 3 today. If you know of anyone who needs it, tell them to enter.

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4 Melissa Crane June 20, 2011 at 10:12 pm

It’s totally worth it! I’ve loved mine so far and I’m thinking about making one or two more so that I have more colors to work with.

Ooo… Lightroom 3, I need that :) Entering now!

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5 Mike July 8, 2011 at 9:52 am

This recipe looks unbelievable, I’m gonna try it really soon.
I recently wrote an article on the health benefits of quinoa, check it out.
http://www.theironyou.com/2011/03/more-on-quinoa.html

Peace

Mike @TheIronYou

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6 Bubblybunny July 10, 2011 at 9:01 pm

Thanks for the recipe. I made this for lunch tomorrow because I had some leftover quinoa. It’s SO GOOD!!!! My coworkers are going to be so jealous.

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7 Melissa Crane July 14, 2011 at 11:33 am

Glad you enjoyed the recipe! It’s so easy, and so yummy! Hope your coworkers were very jealous :)

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8 Denise July 14, 2011 at 11:25 am

This looks really good! I’ll have to try it.

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9 Melissa Crane July 14, 2011 at 11:34 am

Yes, please do! And let me know how you like it. I found that if you add a touch of red wine vinegar, it gives it just a slight extra kick, love it.

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10 Denise July 14, 2011 at 11:36 am

I will!! Thanks for the vinegar tip.

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11 Denise July 14, 2011 at 8:34 pm

I have everything but the basil and lemon. I was going off memory while at the store. I will pick some up Saturday. Can’t wait!!!

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12 Denise July 23, 2011 at 6:18 pm

Amazing!!! This salad is very refreshing and lite. I like red Quinoa better so I used that, but that was the only substitute I made. Oh and I forgot the vinegar, but it was still great. Quentin loved it too.

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13 Melissa Crane July 23, 2011 at 6:51 pm

Awesome! I’m glad that you and Quentin enjoyed it! I haven’t tried red quinoa yet, but it sounds yummy! I will have to try it out soon.

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14 Denise July 23, 2011 at 8:27 pm

Red Quinoa has more flavor to it, but doesn’t taste that much different. Next time I will have to make a bigger batch. We killed it!

15 Helene DeKezel June 3, 2012 at 2:54 pm

I love Quinoa & am always willing to try new recipes…..This one looks absolutely delicious…can’t wait to try it!
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