Red, White and Blue Quinoa Fruit Salad

Side dishes on the Fourth of July can add many unneeded calories. Including a healthy salad, such as this one, is helpful when watching calories and is still super flavorful.

Blueberries, strawberries and dragon fruit are all in season throughout the summer making this salad very fresh. Berries are a great source of fiber and have the lowest amount of sugar of fruits. Dragon fruit is often viewed as an “ugly fruit” but it’s great for our health, as it has zero complex carbohydrates so it’s easy to digest.

Quinoa contains high levels of heart-healthy fats and antioxidants called flavanoids. It is one of the only plant foods that supplies complete proteins, offering all nine essential amino acids in a healthy balance.

Photo Credit: Mike Miller, A Healthier Michigan

red, white and blue quinoa

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup dry quinoa
  • 1 ½ cups fresh strawberries, quartered
  • 1 ½ cups fresh blueberries
  • 1 ½ cups dragon fruit, made into balls with melon baller
  • 1/2 cup toasted sliced almonds
  • 1/4 cup fresh mint leaves, julienned
  • 2 Tbsp. honey (use maple syrup or agave to make vegan)
  • 2 Tbsp. lime juice
  • 1/4 tsp. kosher salt

Red, White and Blue Quinoa Fruit Salad

Instructions
1. Prepare quinoa according to package directions. Fluff and place in a large serving bowl, then let cool slightly.
2. In a small bowl, stir together the dressing ingredients: honey, lime juice, and salt.
3. Add strawberries, blueberries, almonds and mint. Pour the dressing over the top, then add dragon fruit. Toss gently to combine. Place in the refrigerator until ready to serve. Enjoy!


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