This lime and mango quinoa salad is a refreshing cold summer quinoa salad full of fruits and vegetables. Perfect for any cookout or barbecue!
This recipe originally appeared in June, 2016. Photos were updated in January, 2020.
I just got back from a ladies’ getaway weekend with my mom and sisters. We went to Montauk (check out what to do in Montauk) to celebrate my mom’s 60th birthday. We explored the beaches, the town and did some shopping.
Now, I truly feel like summer is here in full force so it’s time to start thinking about quick and easy summer recipes!
Today’s summer vegetable quinoa salad is the perfect cold summer salad recipe and makes for a great entree or side dish.
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.
Summer foods are my favorite. We’ve been loving mango here and recently I found myself thinking about a quinoa lime salad, so here we are.
Why You Should Make This Refreshing Mango Quinoa Salad
Don’t we all want more quinoa summer salad recipes? I feel like I’m always searching for one, aside from my favorite hummus pasta salad recipe.
That being said, there’s nothing like a quinoa fruit salad recipe to bring to your summer barbecues.
Lime quinoa salad is a perfect refreshing dish to bring to your next cookout or get-together.
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?
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!
What You Need For A Healthy Summer Quinoa Salad
So, let’s talk about how to make this easy quinoa salad recipe.
First, you’ll gather your ingredients. You’ll need:
- rinsed quinoa
- lime (you could also use lime juice)
- olive oil
- cheese (feta works really well)
I happen to really love quinoa salad recipes with feta cheese. However, if you want to keep this a vegan quinoa salad, leave out the cheese or use a vegan replacement option.
This mango and lime quinoa salad recipe is such a refreshing combination, with fruits and vegetables! It’s a great option for kids, too.
Best of all, you can also add any protein source you’d like. We love making chicken kabobs on the grill (but they can also be made as oven baked kabobs) and throwing them on here.
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.
To me, the use of fresh, whole foods, makes this dish appealing to the taste buds and the body. The mango and lime together are very delicious, and lime quinoa adds a nice juicy flavor!
The cilantro adds a little bit more “statement” of flavor, but if it’s not your thing, you can leave it out!
Add everything to a large bowl.
I also added a splash of this olive oil (a high quality tasting one), but that is completely optional. A small pinch of lemon juice is also a great addition.
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.
If you’re okay with seafood, another summer salad option is this broccoli kale salad with lemon garlic Alaska salmon. So good!
Can You Make This Quinoa Lime Salad Ahead of Time?
Absolutely! That’s the best way to make a quinoa summer salad recipe – let the flavors sit and marinade.
If you plan on serving this quinoa and mango salad to a large group of people, making it ahead of time frees 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.
Other Mix In Ideas For Quinoa Mango Salad:
If you happen to be out of some of these ingredients, or just want to switch it up, here are some other ideas and options:
- red onion
- red bell pepper
- black beans
- green onion
- chicken, eggs, tempeh, tofu, fish or any source of protein
What Should You Pair With This Healthy Quinoa Salad?
I truly love this quinoa salad with mango because it’s the perfect meal prep recipe! You can have it ready in 15 minutes.
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.
Want More Quinoa Recipes That Are Vegetarian and Easy?
If you’re looking for something for breakfast and a one-pot quinoa dish, this Sweet Potato Beet Quinoa Scramble is a hit.
Another 30 minute recipe you may love is this easy egg noodle stir fry!
- 2 cups quinoa
- 1 cucumber, peeled and diced
- 3/4 cup grape tomatoes, halved
- 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
- Cook quinoa according to package directions and let cool.
- Cut your grape tomatoes, cucumber, avocado, mango and cilantro.
- Once the quinoa is cooled, mix in olive oil and juice from the lime and mix around.
- Top with feta cheese and/or nutritional yeast, and salt and pepper to taste
Remember to add time to let the quinoa cool.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 243Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 159mgCarbohydrates: 36gFiber: 7gSugar: 16gProtein: 6g
Are you a cilantro lover or hater?