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Lime and Mango Quinoa Salad (Gluten Free)

This mango quinoa salad is a refreshing cold summer quinoa salad full of fruits and vegetables. With mango, quinoa, avocado, cucumbers and lime, it’s perfect for any cookout or barbecue!

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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, like this quinoa mango avocado salad.

Today’s summer vegetable quinoa salad is the perfect cold summer salad recipe and makes for a great entree or side dish, along with this cantaloupe salad recipe

Or, this sweet potato quinoa salad.

Can you tell I love combining fruits and grains? Another great summer option is this vegan couscous salad recipe.

Bowl of quinoa mango avocado 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.

Summer foods are my favorite. We’ve been loving mango here and recently I found myself thinking about a quinoa and mango salad, so here we are. 

Since this salad is so light, I love serving it with this heavier goats cheese pasta bake or even coating it with this basil spinach pesto without nuts.

Ingredients For Mango 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
  • mango (although I bet baked oranges would also taste great here!)
  • cucumber
  • lime (you could also use lime juice)
  • avocado
  • cilantro
  • tomato
  • 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. 

Clear bowl with mango and quinoa salad topped with diced vegetables

Other Mix In Ideas:

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
  • kalamata olives
  • red bell pepper
  • black beans
  • green onion
  • pineapple
  • chicken, eggs, tempeh, tofu, fish or any source of protein

This quinoa mango avocado salad recipe is such a refreshing combination, with fruits and vegetables! It’s a great option for kids, too. 

We love making chicken kabobs on the grill (but they can also be made as oven baked kabobs) and throwing them on here, or even these quinoa pizza bites or lime tahini tempeh.

Why You Should Make This Easy 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 cold quinoa salad recipe to bring to your summer barbecues. Mango quinoa salad is a perfect refreshing dish to bring to your next cookout or get-together and can be served room temperature.

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!

wooden cutting board with diced mango, cucumber, tomatoes

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.

Mango slices on cutting board

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.

Clear bowl of mixed mango quinoa salad on white counter

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 Mango Avocado 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. 

Mango quinoa salad in white bowl with other bows of ingredients

What Should You Pair With This Healthy Quinoa Salad?

This healthy quinoa salad is the perfect accompaniment alongside sweet potato turkey burgers, for the ultimate al fresco summer meal.

We also love it as a side to this salmon sheetpan dinner or corn and bacon fritters.

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 quinoa mango salad with your friends and enjoy it!

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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
Yield: 6

Mango Lime Summer Quinoa Salad

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

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


  • 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


  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


Remember to add time to let the quinoa cool.

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Nutrition Information:



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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 243Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 159mgCarbohydrates: 36gFiber: 7gSugar: 16gProtein: 6g

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  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.
    I’m adding this refreshing salad to my weekly summer dinner rotation!
    Thank you again! Leah

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