Mango lime quinoa salad is a refreshing cold summer quinoa salad full of fruits and vegetables. Perfect for any cookout or barbecue!
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.
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.
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 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.
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
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.
- 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
- 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.
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.
I hope you’ll share this summer recipe with your friends and enjoy it!
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Questions for you,
Are you a cilantro lover or hater?
What’s your most refreshing vegetable?