During the summer, nothing beats a nice cold fruit salad on a hot day! The problem is that fruit isn’t exactly satisfying on its own. Kids, especially, will be yelling, “Mom, I’m hungry!” not long after eating fruit by itself.
So what if a fruit salad wasn’t just a fruit salad? What if you could add a super-food like quinoa to it?
Quinoa is actually a seed and along with protein it contains essential vitamins, minerals and fiber, which help to regulate the digestive system and to keep you fuller longer. Quinoa is naturally gluten-free and contains iron, B-vitamins, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, calcium, vitamin E and fiber.
Get creative and experiment with fruits your entire family enjoys!
Quinoa Fruit Salad
- 2 cups water
- 1 cup quinoa
- ¼ cup unsweetened, dried coconut flakes
- ¼ cup slivered almonds
- 1 tsp coconut oil
- 3 ripe kiwis, peeled, sliced and diced
- 1 cup diced strawberries
- 1 cup fresh pineapple chunks
- 1 cup sweet grapes, halved
- ½ cup fresh pineapple chunks (or 1/3 cup fresh pineapple juice)
- 1 Tbsp fresh lime juice
- ½ avocado
- Add water and quinoa to a saucepan. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer, cover and cook 12. Remove from heat and let sit for 5 minutes to complete cooking. Then remove lid and allow to cool completely. Once it is cool to the touch you can put in refrigerator to completely cool.
- In a sauté pan, heat coconut oil. Add almonds and coconut flakes. Stir frequently for 1-3 minutes or until coconut takes on a light brown color. Remove from heat and put in separate bowl to cool.
- In a large bowl, toss the quinoa, kiwi, strawberries, pineapple and grapes together.
- Blend ½ cup fresh pineapple (or juice), lime juice and avocado in a blender or food processor.
- Pour dressing over quinoa and fruit. Stir to combine. Set in the refrigerator until chilled.
- When serving: sprinkle each bowl with the coconut/almond topping right before serving.
Let us know what you think or what modifications you came up with!