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Strawberry Quinoa Salad

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

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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

Strawberry Quinoa Salad

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes


  • 2 C cooked quinoa
  • 1 1/2 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


  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:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 231 Total Fat: 9g Saturated Fat: 2g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 7g Cholesterol: 4mg Sodium: 293mg Carbohydrates: 33g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 5g Sugar: 10g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 6g



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64 comments on “Strawberry Quinoa Salad”

  1. 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!

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

  2. Pinned!! I bet goat cheese would be even a better option! I’ll give this recipe a try with the goat cheese and let you know. :) Have fun on your vacation!!! You deserve it!

    • 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!

  3. 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.

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

  4. This looks delicious, refreshing, and healthy! Hope you have a wonderful time on your vacation! ;)

  5. This sounds amazing Julie! I’ll have to try this at my next BBQ!

  6. Have a great vacation!! And I LOVE quinoa but have not had it with fruit yet!

  7. this sounds great! I have to try it this weekend because I think it´s going to be a hit. Cant wait to cook it!

  8. I’m loving this healthy recipe Julie! Thanks for sharing. Have a great vacation!!

  9. 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!

    • 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!

  10. 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!

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  12. Enjoy your time off Julie! This salad looks amazing! Love the idea of strawberries with quinoa. Delicious!

  13. I’ve never tried quinoa…but have seen a lot of it lately. Guess I better go get some…you’ve totally motivated me. This recipe is scrumptious with the strawberries!

    • 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!

  14. Love quinoa! This is a very nutritious and delicious meal!

  15. I’m on the quinoa bandwagon! This looks extra tasty and healthy too. Have fun in The Keys!

  16. 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!

    • 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!

  17. I’m trying to break out of my quinoa box – and this looks so good!
    Visiting from Thursday’s Treasures.

  18. A very nice and balanced salad. I’m loving balsamic vinegar right now! It goes perfect with strawberry.

  19. I think I just found my new favorite summer recipe…what a great way to use fruit and quinoa

  20. I bought some quinoa a while ago and have been looking for a reason to try it. This salad looks awesome, so I think I found my reason. Thanks!

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

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

    Thanks for bringing it to my Sunday Funday Linky Party!


  23. Healthy and delicious, love the pictures too! :-)
    stopping by from Kathe with an E party

  24. Yum, going to have to try this out soon! The hubby has jumped on healthy and salads bandwagon recently :)

  25. 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!

    Jen @ Yummy Healthy Easy

    • 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.

  26. 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 ;-)

  27. 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!

  28. I love to cook with Quinoa, though I have never had it with strawberries! I think I would really like this.

  29. 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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  34. YUM! I love that you have strawberries and mint in this; sounds delicious!

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