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Quinoa Salad with Fruit

Total Time

25 minutes



Meal Type



  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 1 cup of each: blueberries, chopped strawberries, mango and honeydew
  • ⅓ cup basil, chiffonaded
  • ¼ cup raw honey or maple syrup
  • Juice of 1 lime


  1. Cook quinoa according to package.
  2. In a small mixing bowl, whisk the honey and lime until well combined and set aside.
  3. In a large bowl add cooked quinoa, fruit, basil and mix until well incorporated.
  4. Add honey lime mixture and drizzle, stirring until evenly mixed.
  5. Serve and enjoy!

Salads aren’t exactly known for being filling or protein-rich, especially fruit ones. If you think of canned varieties, they’re usually made up of a few sad chunks of fruit in a sugary syrup.

But that was then. My Quinoa Salad with Fruit will change how you think about fruit salads for good. For starters, it’s made with quinoa, a superfood grain that’s incredibly satiating and contains all the essential amino acids.

Combined with a sweet mix of berries, honey and basil, this is an incredibly filling salad that works just as well as a side salad as it does a veggie main. You’ll never look at fruit salad the same way again!

Quinoa salad with fruit ingredients - Dr. Axe

Begin by cooking the quinoa according to the package directions.

Quinoa salad with fruit process - Dr. Axe

In a small bowl, whisk the honey and lime juice until well combined and then set aside. This combo is going to add lots of flavor to the fruit.

Quinoa salad with fruit recipe - Dr. Axe

Add the cooked quinoa, fruit and basil and mix it well. Then take the honey-and-lime mixture and drizzle over the fruit and quinoa, stirring well to combine. The quinoa fruit salad is ready! With a zesty bite of fruit and quinoa in each bite, this will become your new favorite salad.

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    • BEV on

      I wondered that too….eating grains and fruit together bothers my tummy!
      And melons definitely need to be eaten alone!!
      As a rule I eat fruits in between meals…works best for me and I never get indigestion or gas!

  1. Deb on

    I have chronic EBV, heavy metal toxicity, as well as a goiter with a nodule, and Adrenal fatigue… I am working with a Holistic doctor here in Michigan, as well as a homeopath (who works for my doctor in the same office… I was wondering what your thoughts are on the Autoimmune Paleo diet along with juicing (I own an Angel juicer )

  2. Debbie on

    Dr axe when should you take Turmeric in the morning when you get out of bed and when do you take vitamin D in the morning when you get out of bed I bought mine at Costco and I’m starting my turmeric and my vitamin D and I also bought collagen to put in my coffee trying to get a healthy start I’m 65 years old and my osteoarthritis bothers me


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