Quinoa Fruit Salad

Published on Mar 25, 2016

  by   Kristina Stosek

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Prep Time: 15 minutes Cook Time: minutes Serves: 4
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This Quinoa Fruit Salad is the perfect combination of fresh fruit, hearty quinoa, crunchy pecans, and vibrant mint, all brought together with a zesty vinaigrette. This wholesome gluten-free quinoa salad is refreshing, flavorful, and an excellent way to incorporate fresh fruit and nuts into everyday meals.

quinoa fruit salad with berries, oranges and pecans in a bowl

Key Ingredients for Quinoa Fruit Salad

  • Oranges: Bursting with citrusy goodness, oranges add a tangy sweetness to the salad.
  • Raspberries: These bright red berries not only contribute a pop of color but also offer refreshing tartness.
  • Pecans: Providing a satisfying crunch, pecans complement the soft texture of the quinoa and fruit.
  • Mint: Fresh mint leaves lend a cooling and aromatic flavor to the salad.
  • Quinoa: A versatile and nutritious grain, quinoa serves as the hearty base of the salad.

The Citrus Vinaigrette:

The secret to elevating the flavors of this salad lies in the light and citrusy vinaigrette. Made with fresh lemon juice, maple syrup, olive oil, lemon zest, and a hint of cinnamon and cloves, the vinaigrette perfectly balances the sweetness of the fruit with a subtle warmth. It ties all the ingredients together, infusing the salad with a burst of citrus flavor.

uncooked quinoa in a bowl

Cooking Quinoa:

Before cooking quinoa, it’s essential to rinse it thoroughly to remove any bitterness. Follow the simple 2:1 ratio of water to quinoa for perfectly cooked grains. Quinoa is not only gluten-free but also packs a nutritional punch, offering a complete source of plant-based protein and fiber.

Preparing the Quinoa Fruit Salad:

Creating this nuritious salad is a breeze. Begin by cooking the quinoa until tender, then combine it with the oranges, raspberries, pecans, and mint. Whisk together the vinaigrette ingredients and gently toss everything together.


Allow the salad to marinate for at least a couple of hours to let the flavors meld together. Marinating quinoa with fresh flavors is the key to this delicious fruit salad.

Versatility of Quinoa:

Quinoa’s versatility extends beyond salads. From savory dishes like:

Cauliflower Quinoa Dumplings in Creamy Marinara Sauce

Tandoori Faux Chicken Quinoa Bowl 

Broccoli and Chickpea Quinoa

Gluten-Free Quinoa Cheese Bread with Onions

This nutritious grain can be incorporated into a variety of recipes. Its complete protein profile makes it an ideal choice for those following a plant-based diet.

Serving Quinoa Fruit Salad:

Whether served as a main dish or a side alongside your favorite protein, this Quinoa Fruit Salad is a crowd-pleaser. Its refreshing fruit flavors and ability to withstand outdoor temperatures make it a perfect addition to summer barbecues and picnics. Plus, it keeps well in the fridge, making it ideal for snacking throughout the week.

Serve chilled or at room temperature.

quinoa fruit salad in a bowl garnished with mint


1. Can I use other fruits in this salad?

Absolutely! Feel free to experiment with your favorite fruits or whatever is in season. Berries, mangoes, grapes, and kiwis are great options.

2. Can I make the salad in advance?

Yes, you can prepare the salad ahead of time and store it in the refrigerator. The quinoa salad will keep for up to 5 days when refrigerated.

3. Can I use a different type of nut instead of pecans?

Certainly! Walnuts, almonds, or even pistachios would be delicious alternatives to pecans in this salad.

4. Is this salad suitable for vegetarians and vegans?

Yes, this Quinoa Fruit Salad is both vegetarian and vegan-friendly, making it a versatile dish for various dietary preferences.

fruit, quinoa, and pecans in a bowl


With its vibrant colors, fresh flavors, and nutritional benefits, this Quinoa Fruit Salad is wholesome, and every bite is filled with deliciousness. The recipe is super easy to whip up, using fresh ingredients you will find in your local supermarket. 

As temperatures rise and summer approaches, there’s nothing quite like a light and flavorful refreshing fruit salad. Enjoy!

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Very tasty, the fruit adds juiciness, and I love mint, so a great combo

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