Strawberry, Mango and Avocado Quinoa Salad

Strawberry, Mango and Avocado Quinoa Salad ~ healthy, easy and delicious!

Spring is here! I’m absolutely loving this gorgeous spring weather we are enjoying here in Florida. Even though I’ve been working long hours, I was able to get a taste of spring this weekend. I went for a long run in the fresh spring air (okay, pollen-filled air) and made this fresh Strawberry, Mango and Avocado Quinoa Salad.

Mango, mango, mango! Let’s talk mangoes. I love them. I eat at least one a day when they are in season. And even though I am incredibly fortunate to live in Florida where the growing season is long, I do not live far enough south to grow a mango tree. Not only are they one of my favorite fruits to eat, but I love the look of tree full of fresh vibrant mangoes. And of course I would just love the ability to walk out into my backyard, pick one and add it to my favorite salad.

I’m a sweet salad kind girl. I love fruit in my salad. My go-to weeknight meal when I don’t have anything else planned is a fresh salad with spinach, fruit, goat cheese, nuts or sunflower seeds and balsamic vinaigrette. The more fruit, the better. And since I try to use seasonal fruits, my salad is always changing. This strawberry, mango and avocado salad is perfect as a light lunch or a side dish paired with grilled chicken or fish. In addition to the quinoa, chunks of fresh mango, avocado and strawberries add a delicate sweetness and create a salad that is bright, refreshing and healthy. I also love adding a few chopped mint springs to my salad which adds a subtle fresh mint flavor.

Quinoa is a pantry staple. Packed with protein and antioxidants, quinoa is relatively quick and easy to prepare. You can even use a rice cooker. I typically make a big batch on the weekends and then add it to meals throughout the week, such as vegetable pilaf, oatmeal, and salad. This salad is a healthy serving of fruit and grains, loaded with nutrients and packed with protein.

Strawberry, Mango and Avocado Quinoa Salad ~ healthy, easy and delicious! Strawberry, Mango and Avocado Quinoa Salad ~ healthy, easy and delicious! Strawberry, Mango and Avocado Quinoa Salad ~ healthy, easy and delicious! Strawberry, Mango and Avocado Quinoa Salad ~ healthy, easy and delicious! Strawberry, Mango and Avocado Quinoa Salad ~ healthy, easy and delicious!

Strawberry, Mango and Avocado Quinoa Salad

Yield: 4-6 servings

Strawberry, Mango and Avocado Quinoa Salad

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups cooked quinoa
  • 1 heaping cup strawberries, chopped
  • 1 large mango, peeled and chopped
  • 1 large avocado, halved, pitted and chopped
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • juice from 2 limes
  • mint, for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a large mixing bowl combine quinoa, strawberry, mango, avocado, olive oil, and lime juice. Toss to serve and garnish with chopped mint, as desired.
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53 Responses to Strawberry, Mango and Avocado Quinoa Salad

  1. I am right with you when it comes to mangos. I couldn’t wait for them to come into season. I could eat them morning, noon and night. I can just imagine how delicious this salad is with them in it.

    • Ashley says:

      Thanks, Christie! Even though I love strawberries and avocados, the mango is definitely my favorite thing about this salad!

  2. I’m a sweet salad kind of girl too. Love about any kind of fruit in a salad. But this combination of strawberries and mango along with avocado looks especially good. So vibrant and pretty!

  3. This is the happiest salad I’ve seen all day! Love the avo/strawberry combo!

  4. Meg says:

    So gorgeous — and I’m sure it tastes delicious!

  5. I love how bright and colorful this salad is! Quinoa and fruit is so great! Pinned

  6. marcie says:

    What a great salad to celebrate spring! I love those colors and that lime must make all those flavors come out so nicely. Looks delicious, Ashley! :)

  7. I’m going to a friends baby shower soon, and have been debating what dish to bring. This will be perfect! Loved your behind the scene photo on insta too : )

  8. Pamela says:

    What a beautiful dish full of healthy and tasty fruits! Definitely feels like spring and summer to me in this post, outside.. not so much. ;)

    • Ashley says:

      Well at least this dish has you thinking of spring even if the weather outside is still gloomy :) Hopefully the warm weather heads your way soon!

  9. I have been a huge fan of veggies and quinoa – but I have never ever thought of incorporating fruit and quinoa – this is BRILLIANT!

    • Ashley says:

      Thanks, Shashi! I pretty much love quinoa with anything, but fruit is my absolute favorite thing to eat with it!

  10. This is to beautiful to eat Ashley! We love quinoa too, however we only used it in savory dishes before – we are looking forward to try your version with fruit soon :)
    J+C

  11. This is my kind of salad! Love the strawberry avocado combination!

  12. I’m living vicariously through your spring weather :) Loving every single thing about this salad!

  13. This salad is gorgeous! I also love fruit in my salad, but haven’t tried a quinoa salad. Going on my to-make list :)

  14. Ashley says:

    Your go-to weeknight salad sounds exactly like mine! I can never ever get enough! Love the sound of this – I’m such a mango junkie as well. And with the avocado and strawberries – awesome!

  15. We had quinoa on our minds today! This looks great…I’ve gotta try this!

  16. I’ve never had avocado with my fruit! At first glance I thought this might have been a variation on Mango sticky rice. This is definitely much healthier! Looks so fresh.

  17. I am a huge fan of fruit in salads as well. Your salad is definitely going onto my must-make list. Love the pretty colors – especially this time of year. Yum!

  18. I remember you mentioning this salad a while back, Ashley. I’m so glad you got around to posting it. I am going to give it a try. Strawberries are super cheap right now and I saw mangoes on sale as well. And avocados, well I will buy those even when they aren’t on sale! Great recipe, Ashley! Oh and I love that bowl too. :)

  19. This salad looks so bright and flavorful! It is still cold here – no signs of spring yet, but I’m looking forward to having fresh seasonal fruits and veggies again! Strawberries! Yum.

  20. This salad looks so light, healthy, and refreshing! And I love all the vibrant colors! Mangos are one of my all-time favorite fruits, but they don’t grow locally up here. I had no idea they grow in Florida; I guess the ones I buy usually come from Mexico.

    • Ashley says:

      Thanks, Jamie! Yes, I guess the climate in south Florida is warm enough for them to grow. They are definitely a favorite!

  21. Kelly says:

    Love how pretty and colorful this salad is Ashley! It’s definitely getting me geared up for the warmer weather to stick around. I’m such a sucker for mangoes and totally loving the sound of everything in this salad – yum:)

  22. Ashley I love how fresh and vibrant this salad is, pinning

  23. What a refreshing looking salad! I love the combination of mango and avocado!

  24. I’ve never made quinoa before…. actually, I’ve never eaten it before. But holy cow does this look delicious!! I am definitely going to try it now!

    • Ashley says:

      Well I think it is time to start a new resolution in 2014, try quinoa! And add some delicious mango, avocado and strawberries :)

  25. Joanne says:

    I’m definitely a fruit-in-my-salad kinda gal also!! Especially when that fruit is mango. The best.

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  27. Nothing better than a big fresh fruit salad for dinner! The addition of mango is delicious and I cannot wait to try this one ;)

  28. Ashley, this is definitely springy! and I need some of that right now – we are heading to FL in a week and I can’t wait. I love all the freshness in this – great recipe!

  29. I am with you with my love for MANGO! There something about a fresh cut mango that’s so simple but good. I also love this salad because its naturally gluten free and free of the top 8 food allergens. Healthy, beautiful goodness! Visiting from SNF link party. Pinning to my allergy board.

  30. Ashley, I really need to make some of this. I’ve never tried quinoa before… but now you’ve totally inspired me!

    • Ashley says:

      I can’t believe you have never tried quinoa, Gloria! You should definitely give it a try, especially in a sweet dish.

  31. Linda Warren says:

    This recipe looks so refreshing especially for the warm days in South Florida. I love quinoa but have never tried it with fresh fruit before. This is a definite “will try” in the future. Thanks for posting to Marvelous Mondays.

    • Ashley says:

      Thanks so much for stopping by, Linda! You should definitely try quinoa with fresh fruit, I don’t think you will be disappointed :)

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