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Summer Quinoa Salad

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Summer quinoa salad with strawberries, nectarines, and feta. Delicious, healthy, and easy to make, perfect for a potluck party or for any other occasion.

 

Fruit Quinoa Salad with Feta

feta quinoa salad with nectarines on top

Easy to make summer quinoa salad with lots of flavorful ingredients like strawberries, nectarines, and feta. Not to forget lots of herbs like mint, coriander, and parsley.

I love Pinterest, don’t you? It is a constant source of inspiration in just about anything you could think of. And when it comes to recipes… amazing! I have found so many great recipes and cooking/ baking blogs here. And lately so many salads including fresh fruit. I love that, I made some during the last years but really not as many as I could have.

This salad is also inspired by a recipe found on Pinterest. It is from Feasting at Home. I changed it quite a lot but still, I would have probably not thought of anything like it on my own.

But it worked great: the hearty quinoa, the fresh fruit, and especially the herbs. I used a lot of mint, some parsley, and coriander.

grain salad with strawberries

Ingredients for the quinoa salad

  • Just be sure to use really ripen, good quality strawberries and nectarines, the salad relies a lot on their sweetness and flavor.
  • And lots and lots of herbs.
  • I used a mirabelle plum white wine vinegar because I happened to have that and thought it would go well in this salad. It did, but if you don’t have any, just use plain white wine vinegar or raspberry vinegar for instance. I can imagine that balsamic vinegar would also be great combined with the strawberries.
  • I also love the addition of lemon juice in the salad, I added just a little in the beginning but then more and more as I started adjusting the taste, I love salads to be a bit tangy and lemon just worked perfectly with the sweet fruit.

More salads with fruit and berries?

Strawberry Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing

Grilled Peach Salad with Chicken

Christmas Fruit Salad

fruit quinoa salad with herbs on a platter with a spoon

Summer Quinoa Salad

Summer quinoa salad with strawberries, nectarines, and feta. Delicious, healthy, and easy to make, perfect for a potluck party or for any other occasion.
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Course: Salads
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 3
Calories: 353kcal
Author: Adina

Ingredients 

  • 1/2 cup quinoa slightly heaped cup
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 small handful almonds
  • 2 shallots, small
  • 6-7 strawberries or more according to their size
  • 1 nectarine
  • 1 handful mint
  • 1 handful parsley
  • some coriander
  • 3.5 oz feta about 1 cup when crumbled
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 organic lemon juice and some zest
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt or Kosher, more to taste
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper more to taste

Instructions

  • Cook quinoa: Wash the quinoa in a fine-mesh sieve very thoroughly. Cook according to the packet's instructions. Drain thoroughly, leave to cool completely, and chill until ready to use.
  • Toast the almonds in a small pan without adding any fat. Leave to cool completely and chop roughly.
  • Chop the shallots and the herbs very finely.
  • Dressing: Place the quinoa, shallots, and herbs in a bowl.
    In a small bowl, whisk together the mustard, white wine vinegar, and about 1 teaspoon lemon zest, salt, and pepper to taste. Add 1 tablespoon lemon juice or more to taste. Slowly add the olive oil and whisk to emulsify slightly. Pour over the salad and mix.
    Chop the strawberries and nectarine into small pieces. Add to the salad and mix very gently, taking care not to crush the fruit.
  • Adjust the taste with more lemon juice, salt, and pepper. Arrange the salad on a platter.
  • Sprinkle it with the toasted almonds and crumbled feta cheese.

Nutrition

Serving: 1/3 of the salad | Calories: 353kcal | Carbohydrates: 43g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 30mg | Sodium: 771mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 22g
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Lisa

Saturday 1st of August 2015

Delicious combination of flavors here. Thanks so much for sharing with NCR.

Adina

Saturday 1st of August 2015

Thank you, Lisa.

Angie@Angie's Recipes

Monday 6th of July 2015

What a beautiful summer salad! I adore the combo of flavours.

Adina

Monday 6th of July 2015

Thank you, Angie.

Rachel @ Simple Seasonal

Sunday 5th of July 2015

Thanks for linking to me. Your Strawberry, Nectarine, and Quinoa salad looks delicious! I bet it has a nuttiness thatI love!

Adina

Monday 6th of July 2015

You're welcome, Rachel. :)

samantha

Sunday 5th of July 2015

Actually, I never like boiled or baked. My girlfriend then told me about your webside. After trying out some of your recipes, I am absolutely thrilled! You describe the procedure so extensive, that the cook and bake is allready very simpel. But the best part is, that everything is very tasty! Thank you so much, Adina! !