Mango Lime Quinoa Salad (Gluten Free)

  Jun 15, 2016  |  #Recipes

Mango lime quinoa salad is a refreshing cold summer quinoa salad full of fruits and vegetables. Perfect for any cookout or barbecue!

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The dog days of summer are here. It’s been pretty brutal here in Charlotte…around the 100 degree mark every day. It is not making my training runs easy, by any means, but I must say, I am doing a pretty good job of drinking enough water and staying hydrated.

But it’s that time of year for hot weather, isn’t it? Barbecues, cookouts, cold, summer quinoa salads, grilled meats and fresh veggies, watermelon, pasta salads, grilled corn on the cob, potato salad, ice cream cakes..all of the above scream summer to me. I’ve been snacking on these energy bites and so much fresh fruit in this weather. I can’t be stopped.

We’ve spent some time on the lake, which has been refreshing. Ed and I went out for the first time this past weekend with some friends and I finally tried wakeboarding! I managed to get up on my 3rd attempt. It was so much fun and I can’t wait to do it again, not to mention to cool off from this weather.

Isn’t it fascinating how weather can change what foods you want and crave? I’ve always thought that is interesting.

Why You Should Make This Mango Lime Quinoa Salad

That being said, there’s nothing like a cold summer salad to bring to your summer barbecues. Myself, I’m a huge pasta salad fan too. But this is a whole new level of fun and crazy. And don’t we all want more summer salad recipes? I feel like I’m always searching for one.

This mango lime quinoa salad is a perfect cold, refreshing dish to bring to your next cookout or get-together.

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Cooked quinoa is a magical little ingredient. Did you know that just a 1/2 cup (dry) serving of quinoa has 12 grams of protein? You could easily up that in by adding in some beans or even more cheese! Or, if you want to keep it vegan, consider nutritional yeast.

Plus, quinoa is a complete protein, meaning it has all the essential amino acids (protein building blocks) our bodies need, just like any meat would.  We need a balance of different amino acids for our bodies to function properly and optimally. Quinoa is also a great source of magnesium, B6, iron and copper, among other key minerals. And it’s naturally gluten free!

How To Make A Summer Quinoa Salad

So, let’s make this summer quinoa salad.

First, you’ll gather your ingredients. Bonus points if you get some of them from your own garden, or even the farmer’s market! I don’t know what it is but I get so excited to add fruit to my salads in the summer. To me, it’s an energizing and refreshing addition that provides a subtle sweetness.

And mango and lime in quinoa salad together is pure bliss.

Mango Lime Quinoa Salad is gluten free and a fun spin on pasta salad. Full of light and refreshing veggies, it's a great summer quinoa salad option | Cold Quinoa Salad | Summer Quinoa Salad

I chose to chop the mango to get more flavor in small bites. But, you can also leave them in longer slices if you’d prefer.

How to cut a mango | mango salad | summer quinoa salad

To me, the use of fresh, whole foods, makes this dish appealing to the taste buds and the body. The mango and cucumber make for such a winning combination! And as I’ve learned, mango and lime together are also very delicious.

Truthfully, lime goes really well with cilantro, so I hypothesized that these would all sit really well together. And avocado goes well with…anything, so it had to be added to the mix too.

That’s how I got from point A to point E in naming this mango lime quinoa salad, in case you were wondering.

I know people either love cilantro or hate it, at least that’s the word on the street. Well, I like it, but I don’t love it, nor do I hate it, so am I the black sheep who falls in the middle? I won’t go out of my way to buy it in the grocery store but if I find it, I’m down to find a use for it in the kitchen, like in this salad that you’ll want to bring to your next cookout.

Mango Lime Quinoa Salad is gluten free and a fun spin on pasta salad. Full of light and refreshing veggies, it's a great summer quinoa salad option | Cold Quinoa Salad | Summer Quinoa Salad

I also added a splash of this olive oil (a high quality tasting one) to the quinoa salad, but that is completely optional. The juice from the lime, the fresh fruits and veggies, and the cilantro give it a kick of flavor on its own where you don’t even need the dressing. I just don’t like dry textures, so I opted for some olive lime seasoning.

Mango Lime Quinoa Salad Recipe

 

5 from 1 vote
Mango Lime Quinoa Salad is gluten free and a fun spin on pasta salad. Full of light and refreshing veggies, it's a great summer quinoa salad option | Cold Quinoa Salad | Summer Quinoa Salad
Mango Lime Quinoa Salad
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins
 

Mango Lime Quinoa Salad is gluten free and a fun spin on pasta salad. Full of light and refreshing veggies, it's a great summer quinoa salad option.

Course: Entree, Gluten Free, Salad
Cuisine: Gluten Free, Salad
Keyword: summer quinoa salad
Servings: 6
Author: Sarah Schlichter, MPH, RDN
Ingredients
  • 2 cups quinoa
  • 3/4 cup grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1 cucumber, peeled and diced
  • 1 avocado, sliced
  • 1 mango, peeled and diced
  • 2 tbsp chopped cilantro
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/3 cup feta cheese, substitute with nutritional yeast if vegan
  • 1/8 tsp garlic salt, optional
  • Juice of 2 limes
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
Instructions
  1. Cook quinoa according to package directions and let cool.
  2. Cut your grape tomatoes, cucumber, avocado, mango and cilantro.
  3. Once the quinoa is cooled, mix in olive oil and juice from the lime and mix around.
  4. Top with feta cheese and/or nutritional yeast, and salt and pepper to taste

Recipe Notes

Remember to add time to let the quinoa cool.

I originally made his whole recipe thinking I’d be able to save half of it for a cookout the upcoming weekend, but instead, we I ate it all and I had to make another bowl’s worth. It definitely wasn’t the worst thing that could have happened.

To make this guy summer quinoa salad vegan, just leave out the cheese. Or, if you’re looking to add some meat or protein to it, consider some grilled chicken, eggs, garbanzo beans, or I even think salmon would be a delicious winner as well.

Note to self: Add salmon next time.

Mango Lime Quinoa Salad is gluten free and a fun spin on pasta salad. Full of light and refreshing veggies, it's a great summer quinoa salad option | Cold Quinoa Salad | Summer Quinoa Salad

 

I hope you’ll share this summer recipe with your friends and enjoy it!

 

Want More Quinoa Recipes?

Lemon Herb Quinoa

Quinoa Chocolate Chip Apple Crumble

Sweet Potato Beet Quinoa Scramble

Chocolate Mint Berry Quinoa Bowl

Questions for you,

Are you a cilantro lover or hater?

What’s your most refreshing vegetable?

31 responses to “Mango Lime Quinoa Salad (Gluten Free)

  1. Woah Sarah, congratulations on getting up on your 3rd attempt on the board! And this salad looks so fresh and yummy. I like cilantro, but I don’t love it. Maybe I”m in the same boat with you.

  2. Oh gosh, this recipe looks AMAZING. So fresh and beautiful too! I am definitely a cilantro lover – the more the better. I just hate when I buy a bunch of it. I never seem to use it all before it goes bad 🙁
    The most refreshing vegetable to me is cucumbers, but thats because I immediately think of a spa. I usually don’t eat cucumbers on their own though. Usually when I go to parties I take a medium size container of plain greek yogurt and make my own ranch spices to mix in. Bring along a ton of veggies & you have a guilt free dip! Who doesn’t like ranch? Hahahah.
    As always – Thanks for sharing!

  3. I love this quinoa salad- i usually try to make something like this with lots of veggies to bring to summer parties so I can balance out my indulgences with some healthy foods. And yes, I could probably eat my weight in pasta salad!

  4. Girl. This is a WIN. I’ve been feeling totally in a rut with salads lately – and with a few family gatherings/BBQs coming up – this is not the time for a salad rut! Hands down I am making this stat. Such summer perfection.
    You and I are on the same bandwagon –> Always. Add. Feta. .

  5. Totally delicious. Cilantro, lime, cucumber, and mango? YES PLEASE. You hit the refreshing nail on the head! Totally pinning this.
    Also, you are totally killing me with that perfect peach. I MISS THE SOUTH

  6. I’m with you on the running. It’s been in the upper 90’s every day this week. It’s forcing me to get up at 7:00 or earlier to run before it’s unbearable. You salad looks delicious! I absolutely love cilantro! I eat it on everything Mexican!

  7. Yum just pinned this for later! I havent heard of anyone in the middle of the cilantro debate–that’s awesome! Im on team love cilantro! That peach looks awesommeeee! I havent had one yet this summer!

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