Strawberry Quinoa Salad

This fresh Strawberry Quinoa Salad is packed with flavor and is abundant in nutrients!

Strawberry Quinoa Salad from www.thisgalcooks.com #quinoa #strawberries 5WM

Happy Wednesday! Yes, it is a happy Wednesday. Today is my last day of work until Tuesday! By this time tomorrow, we should be headed down to the Keys. I cannot wait to enjoy a few relaxing days in one of the most relaxing places I’ve ever been. Seriously, there’s something about the Keys that makes you want to stay there and never go home. The particular village we are going to is Islamorada, which is located within Tea Table Key, Lower Matecumbe Key, Upper Matecumbe Key, Windley Key and Plantation Key. That’s a lot of Keys, eh?

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Islamorada is only 3 short hours from our house and is in the same state that we live in but it really does seem like a whole different world down there. Everyone is relaxed, happy and having a good time. The last time we went, we were trying to figure out ways that we could live there while still making a living! If you follow me on Instagram (follow here), you are sure to see some great pics during our stay down there!

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Now back to the delicious salad that I am sharing with you today. I’m a pretty huge fan of quinoa. It’s packed with nutrients including fiber, protein and calcium. And it tastes great! I added some flax-seed and feta to this Strawberry Quinoa Salad but next time I make it, I will leave out the feta. Don’t get me wrong, it tasted wonderful with the feta, but I am trying to cut dairy out of my diet so feta isn’t an option. However, if I venture into the world of goat cheese (the feta I use comes from cows) then I will try that out to see if I like it and whether or not it bothers me. I hope you enjoy this healthy recipe!

Strawberry Quinoa Salad
 
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Serves: 4 servings
Ingredients
  • 2 C cooked quinoa
  • 1½ C sliced fresh strawberries
  • 3 tsp chopped fresh mint
  • 2 tbsp feta cheese
  • 2 tbsp sunflower seed
  • 1 tbsp flax seed
  • 1 tsp poppyseed
  • 4 tbsp lime juice
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp honey
Instructions
  1. Combine the quinoa, sunflower seed, flax, strawberries and poppyseed
  2. In a small mixing bowl, whisk together the balsamic, olive oil, honey and lime juice. Pour over the quinoa mixture and mix well.
  3. Mix in the mint and feta.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 C

 

 

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Comments

  1. says

    I love quinoa but have never added fruit! Now I have to try this, it looks wonderful Julie! I hope you have a great vacation!

    • Julie says

      This is the first time I used fruit with Quinoa. It pairs so well with Strawberries! Thanks for stopping by, Tanya!

    • Julie says

      I am definitely going to try goat cheese. I’ve probably tried it before and didn’t realize it. I’ve had Feta that is different from the cows milk feta I usually eat. I wonder if it was goats milk feta.

      Anyways, the goat cheese would be a good option since I am trying to stay away from cows milk! Thanks for stopping by, Meghan!

  2. says

    Yum!!! This looks delicious! I am loving everything strawberry lately, I agree with Meghan, definitely gonna try this one with goat cheese. {more so because I’m a sucker for goat cheese} Pinning now! Thanks Julie.

    • Julie says

      Now you gals have got me wanting to try goat cheese NOW! Thank you so much for stopping by, Krista!

  3. says

    This salad is simply lovely! I adore quinoa and I’ve never paired it with strawberries. I love feta as well but the sound of goat cheese in this salad paired with those lovely strawberries sounds just perfect. I will be making this tomorrow. Love it!

    • Julie says

      Thank you for stopping by, Kate! I am very interested in trying this with goat cheese now! I hope you enjoy the recipe. Have a wonderful weekend!

  4. says

    Julie, this salad looks beautiful – i love quinoa and haven’t tried it with strawberries, either. But I will now! Have a wonderful and relaxing time in the Keys! Thanks for sharing and pinning!

    • Julie says

      You definitely need to try it, Gloria! It’s good prepared so many ways but my favorite way to prepare it is to make salads with it!

  5. says

    I never would have thought of putting strawberries with quinoa Julie! It’s a great way to sweeten it up I’m sure.

    We lived in FL for about a year and I totally regret not traveling around more while we were there. It would have been fantastic to spend some time in the keys! I hope you have a great time!

    • says

      Hi Loretta! I had a fantastic time! Wishing I was still there. Vacation always goes by way to fast.

      Thank you so much for stopping by. Have a wonderful week!

  6. Meegan says

    Yum. I substituted regular balsamic for orange infused balsamic – paired perfectly. Thanks for this one!! Will be making for friends.

  7. says

    oh my, some of my favorite ingredients ever are in this salad! yumm!

    Thanks for bringing it to my Sunday Funday Linky Party!

    *Susan

  8. says

    Wow. Yum. I am dying to try this! I’ve been on a serious quinoa kick lately and I know my husband and I would really love this. Thanks so much for sharing, Julie!

    Best,
    Jen @ Yummy Healthy Easy

    • says

      You’re very welcome, Jen! I’ve been on a total strawberry kick lately! In fact, I might have to make this again soon! Thanks for stopping by.

  9. Dolly says

    Yummy! Can’t wait to try this! I have both sheeps milk feta and goat cheese in my fridge right now…just ran out of balsamic vinegar though…and I think that is probably key to the flavor. I definitely will be taking a trip to the grocery store shortly ;-)

  10. Jamie @ Love Bakes Good Cakes says

    I have yet to try quinoa! I really need to try it – this sounds great, Julie! Thanks so much for sharing at last week’s All My Bloggy Friends! I can’t wait to see what you share this week!

  11. says

    I am definitely going to try this recipe out – I love quinoa and I looove strawberries. What a great combination to try! I also think it would be good to try with goat cheese. Thanks for sharing!

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