Jul 7
2014

Quinoa, Blueberry & Avocado Salad Recipe

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Punch up the flavor of a healthy quinoa salad with fresh blueberries, avocado, feta cheese and a tangy lime vinaigrette. It’s the perfect potluck salad!
Quinoa, Blueberry & Avocado Salad Recipe | cookincanuck.com #vegetarian #MeatlessMonday

My kids are trying to nail me down on one particular question and I refuse to commit to an answer.

“Mum, what is your favorite summertime fruit?”

I try to answer…honestly I do. It has to be cherries…they’re so good right now. But what about all of the other berries…blueberries, raspberries, strawberries? I don’t want anyone to feel left out.

And don’t even get me started on the melons. What’s summertime without juicy watermelon or sweet cantaloupe?

Or peaches and nectarines.

The pressure is too much. I can’t answer. I take the fifth.

Quinoa, Blueberry & Avocado Salad Recipe | cookincanuck.com #vegetarian #MeatlessMonday

And so I feel it is my berry-loving responsibility to use all fruits equally and without favoritism.

Blueberries in ice cream pies and yogurt parfaits.

Cherries in smoothies and crumb bars.

Quinoa, Blueberry & Avocado Salad Recipe | cookincanuck.com #vegetarian #MeatlessMonday

Peaches in salsa and nectarines on appetizer crostini.

Watermelon in mojitos and vodka cocktails. Apparently I like my watermelon “tipsy”.

Quinoa, Blueberry & Avocado Salad Recipe | cookincanuck.com #vegetarian #MeatlessMonday

With my amorous feelings for summertime fruit on full-throttle, I could think of nothing else when I set out to make this quinoa salad. Quinoa, feta cheese, avocados (another summertime fruit!)…and blueberries! Yes, sweet little blueberry morsels to offset the tangy lime dressing and salty feta.

Perfect!

Quinoa, Blueberry & Avocado Salad Recipe | cookincanuck.com #vegetarian #MeatlessMonday

Find these ingredients on Amazon: Organic Quinoa, Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Agave Nectar

Other blueberry recipes:

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Cookin’ Canuck’s Healthy Yogurt Breakfast Parfait with Blueberries & Granola
Cookin’ Canuck’s Blueberry Swirl Ice Cream Pie with Hazelnut Crust
Damn Delicious’ Blueberry Lemonade
Two Peas & Their Pod’s Blueberry, Strawberry & Jicama Salsa
My Whole Food Life’s Grain Free Blueberry Tart

Quinoa, Blueberry & Avocado Salad Recipe

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: Makes 5 cups

Serving Size: 1/2 cup

Calories per serving: 121 cal

Fat per serving: Total Fat 5.7g / Saturated Fat 1.1g

Quinoa, Blueberry & Avocado Salad Recipe

Calories 121.2/ Total Fat 5.7g / Saturated Fat 1.1g / Cholesterol 3.8mg / Sodium 82.4mg / Total Carbohydrates 15.0g / Fiber 2.1g / Sugars 1.7g / Protein 3.1g / WW (Old Points) 2 / WW (Points+) 3

Ingredients

  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced
  • ½ avocado, diced
  • 1 ½ oz. (1/4 cup) crumbled feta cheese
  • 1 1/2 tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp agave nectar or honey
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp ground pepper

Instructions

  1. In a medium saucepan, combine the quinoa and water. Bring the water to a boil, reduce the heat to low and cover. Cook until all of the water is absorbed, 15 to 20 minutes. Fluff the quinoa with a fork.
  2. Transfer the cooked quinoa to a large baking sheet and spread it out evenly. Let it cool to room temperature.
  3. To the quinoa, add the blueberries, green onions, avocado and feta. Stir to combine.
  4. In a small bowl, whisk together the lime juice, olive oil, salt and pepper.
  5. Pour the dressing over the quinoa salad and stir to combine. Serve or refrigerate, covered, until ready to serve.

Notes

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1 Lori @ RecipeGirl July 7, 2014 at 9:43 am

This is my kind of salad! So delicious!

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2 Liz @ The Lemon Bowl July 7, 2014 at 9:58 am

I don’t think I could pick a favorite either!!!

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3 Jenny @ The Peachy Pair July 7, 2014 at 1:11 pm

Looks so good! I have a hard time with avocados, though. They seem to only be good for one second between not ripe and over ripe!

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4 Happy Valley Chow July 7, 2014 at 7:03 pm

What an incredibly creative salad, tons of great flavor!

Happy Blogging!
Happy Valley Chow

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5 cheri July 7, 2014 at 9:03 pm

This is very different, but when I think about it I bet it is delicious!

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6 Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. July 7, 2014 at 11:08 pm

I love everything about this salad!

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7 Millie l Add A Little July 8, 2014 at 12:53 am

Love the combination of sweet salty and creamy! Perfect for a potluck!
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8 Jo Derouin July 8, 2014 at 3:26 am

You describe tangy lime vinaigrette but list lemon juice as an ingredient. Lemon or lime?

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9 Dara July 8, 2014 at 8:53 am

I’m sorry about that, Jo! It should read “lime juice”. I hope you enjoy it!

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10 Christine at Cook the Story July 8, 2014 at 8:39 am

I love salads that are as gorgeous as they are delicious. You hit the nail on the head :)

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11 Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction July 8, 2014 at 8:40 am

This salad looks and sounds amazing!

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12 Carol at Wild Goose Tea July 8, 2014 at 1:01 pm

For some reason when I looked at the photo I was struck on how cheery this salad looked. It flat out looks fun. I know it is flat out delicious because I groove on every single one of the ingredients.

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13 Sharon T. July 8, 2014 at 9:35 pm

I love this salad! I used a few substitutions with what I had on hand–lemon juice instead of lime and 1/2 of a small sweet onion, but it was terrific! I’m definitely making it again, next time I’ll make sure to have all the ingredients on hand–it’s just so good!

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14 Dara July 9, 2014 at 3:36 pm

I’m so glad to hear that, Sharon! It sounds as though your substitutions worked out perfectly.

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15 Vanessa @ VeganFamilyRecipes July 9, 2014 at 9:58 am

This is such a brilliant recipe. My entire family can’t ever stop eating blueberries and pairing it with avocado and quinoa is smart! Do you think it would still taste good if I omit the feta cheese?

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16 Dara July 9, 2014 at 3:35 pm

Hi Vanessa, the feta definitely adds some good flavor, including salt. If you omit the feta, I’d at least make sure to add a bit more salt.

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