Mar
24

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.
http://www.spoonfulofflavor.com/2014/03/24/strawberry-mango-avocado-quinoa-salad/

Source: Spoonful of Flavor

33 Comments

  1. Christie - Food Done Light

    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

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

  2. Christin@SpicySouthernKitchen

    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. Paula - bell'alimento

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

    • Ashley

      Thanks, Paula! This salad definitely makes me happy :)

  4. Meg

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

    • Ashley

      Thanks, Meg!

    • Ashley

      Thanks so much for pinning, Taylor! I love quinoa with just about anything, but with fruit is my favorite!

  5. marcie

    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! :)

    • Ashley

      Thanks, Marcie! The flavors are so simple, but the combination creates the perfect meal!

  6. Natalie @ Tastes Lovely

    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 : )

    • Ashley

      Yes, this would be a great idea for a baby shower, so vibrant and fresh!

  7. Pamela

    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

      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!

  8. Shashi @ RunninSrilankan

    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

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

  9. Judit & Corina

    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

    • Ashley

      Thanks, ladies! I hope you get to try quinoa with fruit soon, it is my favorite way to enjoy it!

  10. Kelli @ The Corner Kitchen

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

    • Ashley

      Thanks, Kelli! Hopefully the warm weather heads your way soon!

  11. Megan - The Emotional Baker

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

  12. Ashley

    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!

  13. Amy @ Homey Oh My!

    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.

    • Ashley

      Mango sticky rice sounds delicious too!

  14. Kathi @ Deliciously Yum!

    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!

    • Ashley

      Thanks, Kathi! Sweet salads are the best!

  15. Julie @ This Gal Cooks

    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. :)

    • Ashley

      Thanks, Julie! I hope you get a chance to try it, I think you would really love it.

  16. Amy (Savory Moments)

    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.

    • Ashley

      I hope the spring weather heads your way soon, Amy!

  17. Jamie@Milk N Cookies

    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

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

  18. Kelly

    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:)

    • Ashley

      Thanks so much for pinning, Emily!

  19. Betsy | JavaCupcake.com

    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

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

  20. Joanne

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

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  22. Consuelo @ Honey & Figs

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

  23. Deb@ Cooking on the Front Burner

    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!

  24. Laura O |Petite Allergy Treats

    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.

    • Ashley

      Thanks so much for pinning, Laura! You can never have too much mango :)

  25. Gloria // Simply Gloria

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

    • Ashley

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

  26. Linda Warren

    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

      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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