Mango Lime Summer Quinoa Salad (Gluten Free)

  Jun 23, 2019  |  #Recipes
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This mango lime summer quinoa salad is a refreshing cold summer quinoa salad full of fruits and vegetables. Perfect for any cookout or barbecue!

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This recipe originally appeared in June, 2016. Photos were updated in June, 2019.

I just got back from a ladies’ getaway weekend with my mom and sisters. We went to Montauk to celebrate my mom’s 60th birthday. I have never been to Montauk, let alone Long Island, so it was a fun and exploratory trip. 

I’m planning to do a recap of what we did in a little travel guide in case you ever plan on traveling there. It is a truly beautiful place!

In the meantime, it seems like the summer is here in full force. It is not making running outside easy, especially when I’m pushing a stroller, but I must say, I am doing a pretty good job of drinking enough water and staying hydrated.

Especially because I can’t stop won’t stop eating all the summer fruits and produce. 

Today’s summer quinoa salad is the perfect answer to that warm weather, and makes for a great side dish option. 

Bowl of summer quinoa salad with sliced mangos, lime and tomatoes with a fork

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 also found myself snacking on these energy bites and so much fresh fruit in this weather. I can’t be stopped.

Summer foods are my favorite. 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 Summer 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 summer 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! 

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 easy quinoa salad recipe. 

First, you’ll gather your ingredients. Bonus points if you get some of them from your own garden, or even the farmer’s market! 

What You Need To Make A Mango Quinoa Salad

  • rinsed quinoa
  • mango
  • cucumber
  • lime (you could also use lime juice)
  • avocado
  • cilantro
  • tomato
  • olive oil
  • cheese (feta works really well)

If you want to keep this as a vegan quinoa salad, leave out the cheese or use a vegan replacement option!

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 such a refreshing combination. One that makes this one of my favorite for kids, too. 

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.

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, meaning 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), 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 Summer Quinoa Salad

Mango Lime Summer Quinoa Salad

Yield: 6
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

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.

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

Notes

Remember to add time to let the quinoa cool.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 243 Total Fat: 10g Saturated Fat: 1g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 8g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 159mg Carbohydrates: 36g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 7g Sugar: 16g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 6g

Can You Make This Mango Quinoa Salad Ahead of Time?

Absolutely! That’s the best way to make a summer quinoa salad – let the flavors sit and marinade. Cold pasta salads and summer salads are my absolute favoriteee, like my hummus pasta salad.

But I’m not here to pick favorites. 

Another great reason to make this mango quinoa salad ahead of time is if you’re serving it to a large group, free your hands up for some other dishes to make day of. Just put this together the night before and then it’s a great option as lunch or dinner. 

Quinoa is great as leftovers so you could even cook the quinoa ahead of time and chop the produce as needed. 

What Should You Pair With Summer Quinoa Salad?

To make this summer quinoa salad vegan, just leave out the cheese or use nutritional yeast. 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.

It also goes great served alongside sweet potato turkey burgers, for the ultimate al fresco summer meal. Followed up by an apple quinoa crisp crumble

I love quinoa recipes because they are great as meal prep snacks and meals. 

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 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. Good thing it’s quick and easy!

I hope you’ll share this summer recipe with your friends and enjoy it and if you make it, please leave a rating and comment below. 

Pin it for later!

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Want More Delicious Quinoa Recipes?

Do you like quinoa recipes, or looking for more quinoa recipes for kids?

This Lemon Herb Quinoa comes together in less than 30 minutes!  If you’re looking for something for breakfast and a one-pot quinoa dish, this Sweet Potato Beet Quinoa Scramble is a hit.

Personally, though, I prefer this Quinoa Chocolate Chip Apple Crumble or Chocolate Mint Berry Quinoa Bowl as a fun, healthy quinoa dessert that kids love!

All work great as meal prep snacks, too!

Quinoa dessert recipe in a skillet

Don’t forget to let me know if you make it. 

Questions for you,

Are you a cilantro lover or hater?

What’s your most refreshing vegetable?

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39 responses to “Mango Lime Summer Quinoa Salad (Gluten Free)

  1. Thank you, Sarah!! I made your delicious salad and it was incredible!! I happily brought it to a summer cookout to share with family who appreciated a healthy new dish.
    Best of all, it was simple to prepare!! I ordered the olive oil you suggested and it arrived promptly (2days). This was my first time preparing Quinoa, and I was surprised at the simplicity. I love how you simplified the measurements and provided photos.
    I am team love cilantro, but the cilantro did not overpower the other ingredients in this salad.
    Iā€™m adding this refreshing salad to my weekly summer dinner rotation!
    Thank you again! Leah

  2. 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!

  3. 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!

  4. 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

  5. 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. .

  6. 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!

  7. 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 šŸ™
    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!

  8. 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.

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