Quinoa Fruit Salad with Cheese and Vinaigrette

A plate of quinoa fruit salad with cheese

If you haven't noticed, I have been very close with quinoa lately. During hot summer days cooking is not something I like to do. I have my kids home, so summer days I try to spend as much time with them as I can. Also, quinoa is an ingredient my kids love, and it's easy to prepare. I usual don't add a sauce to quinoa, but this vinaigrette with quinoa and fruit work very well together. And don't forget the cheese!

I just love how my kids love quinoa. And this recipe is another plus because of the sweet fruit which just adds another reason for kids to love this recipe. Its satisfies your sweet tooth and also benefit your digestive system and provide an amazing source of fiber. But besides berries, goat cheese is also good for you! It's a low fat option for cheese lovers. It's low sodium and has a good amount of protein. 

There is no reason not to enjoy this healthy salad. Happy salad making!

Instructions

  • 1/2 cup quinoa
  • 1 cup water 
  • pinch of salt
  • 12 asparagus  
  • 1/2 cup strawberries
  • 1/2 cup blueberries
  • 4 oz raw goat cheese

Vinaigrette

  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1/8 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon raw honey
  • pinch of salt

Instructions

  1. Cook quinoa by adding 1 cup of water and 1/2 cup quinoa to a saucepan. Bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to low add a pinch of salt and simmer until water is gone. Fluffy quinoa with a fork. 
  2. Chop 1/2 pound strawberries, 12 asparagus and 4 oz raw goat cheese; add to quinoa. Also add 1/2 cup blueberries. 
  3. Vinaigrette: In a blender (magic bullet) blend together 1 garlic clove, 1/8 cup balsamic vinegar, 1 teaspoon dijon mustard, 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil, 1 teaspoon raw honey and a pinch of salt. Drizzle on salad.

serves 4