by Olena

Blueberry Quinoa Salad

Olena Osipov
5 from 12 votes

Blueberry Quinoa Salad

Did I tell you, guys, I stopped eating any bread products? Even Ezekiel ones?! Just occasionally I would eat half a toast with peanut butter. It happened unintentionally. By eating more whole foods like grains, seeds, vegetables and fruits, I had no room left for bread. And yes, I did see a change in my body definition.

This blueberry quinoa salad is one of my new whole food meals, perfect for hot summer days. This is all you might need for lunch or dinner, well maybe kale blueberry salad and blueberry strawberry salsa as well. It keeps well dressed in the fridge for 3 – 4 days. I try to cook extra quinoa every time for leftovers. To freeze or to make salads like this one. 

Mixing ingredients for Blueberry Quinoa Salad in a white bowl

The salad consists of hearty quinoa, sweet blueberries, creamy avocado, toasted pecans and drizzled with fresh, easy and to-die-for Lime Basil Dressing. Lime and not lemon fitted this recipe really well. The salad is high in protein, complex carbs and healthy (!) fats. You will be full with one serving, just like with my chicken quinoa kale salad with grilled peach.

Speaking about whole food and feeling full. My oldest boy is attending camp this week that includes dinner. So far, he had nachos, white pasta with Caesar salad and white rice with meatballs. I have to say he is not shy and loves to eat. So, he ate, I’m sure. Well, every night he comes home hungry and ends up eating second dinner at 9 PM. This is a perfect example how whole foods rich in fiber and nutrients leave us feeling satisfied longer than the same foods stripped of those nutrients during a manufacturing process.

Bowl of blueberries; toasting pecans on a skillet

I live in a blueberry country, with miles and miles of blueberry fields surrounded by lakes and mountains. It is simply breathtaking scenery! Every summer I drive to stock up on blueberries directly from farmers numerous times. We also freeze them for winter months. Our local blueberries are juicy and sweet. Always go for local, you will taste the difference.

Unlike blueberries, pecans come from my local Costco warehouse => my healthy Costco shopping list. I do love any toasted nuts and my method of toasting is easy – do it on a stove top. Toasted pecans and tangy Lime Basil Dressing pair really well with blueberries in this quinoa salad. Enjoy!

Blueberry Quinoa Salad

Blueberry Quinoa Salad Recipe with avocado, toasted pecans and homemade lime basil dressing. Perfect for summer and keeps well refrigerated for a few days.
5 from 12 votes
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 475kcal
Author: Olena Osipov

Ingredients

  • 2 cups quinoa cooked
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 2 large avocados diced
  • 1 cup pecans

Lime Basil Dressing:

  • 1 tbsp olive oil extra virgin
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1/2 large lime juice of
  • 3 tbsp basil finely chopped
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper

Instructions

  • In a large bowl, add quinoa, blueberries and avocados.
  • In a small skillet, toast pecans on low-medium heat until lightly brown, about 5 minutes. Stir frequently and watch closely not to burn. Transfer to a bowl with other ingredients.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together Lime Basil Dressing ingredients, pour over the salad and gently stir to combine. Serve cold.

Store: Refrigerate covered for up to 3 days.

    Notes

    Nutrition

    Serving: 0.75cups | Calories: 475kcal | Carbohydrates: 51g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 299mg | Potassium: 747mg | Fiber: 11g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 287IU | Vitamin C: 11mg | Calcium: 55mg | Iron: 4mg
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    Hello and welcome to iFOODreal.

    My name is Olena Osipov. I'm a mom to 2 boys, a wife to Alex and we reside on magical Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada. This is our healthy family recipes blog. Originally from Ukraine, I grew up on real food. As an adult, I struggled with diets for years because none worked long-term. Now for over 10 years, I cook easy healthy meals for my family. I can help you with “What’s for dinner?” too.

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    1. 5 stars
      Really enjoyed this Blueberry Quinoa Salad just as listed as I had everything on hand. Ate it while waiting for the flavours in your Mango Black Bean Salad recipe that I was also making to marry.
      Great recipes on this site.

    2. This recipe looks delicious. I wish I had fresh basil. I have my frozen chicken in the insta pot now.

      1. 1. Yes.
        2. Mmmm, they are more delicate than fresh after thawing. I would stir salad w/o them first and then sprinkle on top and give just 12- stirs. And be ready for a bit blueberry coloured salad which is not a big deal.:)

    3. 5 stars
      This was delicious! I’ve decided to go “Meatless Monday” and came across this yesterday when searching recipes with blueberries. I was happy to see that this had all ingredients I had on hand- including basil from my garden. I brought some to work for lunch and wished I had brought more! The only change I made was to add just a touch more maple syrup. This would be a great salad to bring to a party, too.

    4. Hi, I saw you reposted this recipe on Instagram earlier this week. I’m going to attempt to make this but I’m not a fan of avocado, can you recommend any substitutions for avocados?

    5. Hey, i know this is an old post, but i just want to clarify something before i attempt this recipe. 2 cups of quinoa, cooked…do you mean 2 cups of dry quinoa that you then cook, or two cups of already cooked quinoa?

    6. 5 stars
      Thank you for sharing this recipe! It’s my first time cooking quinoa but surely won’t be the last. I used dry basil since I didn’t have fresh but it still tasted awesome. This salad is a keeper!!

    7. Was looking forward to trying this, since I’ve never tried Quinoa before. I might have made a few mistakes. I took easy way out with chopping the basil up by using a mini food processor…so that didn’t let the basil spread out as much I think. Other issues could have been my ingredients, but the tastes just didn’t seem to blend well together. It wasn’t really a hit in our house so its not a keeper. Thanks for all the recipes you have here though, I’ve got a few more that I want to try. The first one of this site was a homerun (Thai Chicken Spaghetti Squash Bowl ). For me it’s back to the drawing board with Quinoa.

    8. Your recipes always look so great! I’ve spent half of the morning pinning them. I share your spaghetti squash boat recipe a lot. Hopefully I’ll get a chance to try out some of your others this weekend. My mouth is watering!

      1. Thank you so much, Nancy! I stare at my photos too much too often and think I have a lot to work on. Well, life is long or maybe not…

    9. This looks so incredible. I really want to make it but where I live is impossible to find any blueberries. What could be a good substitute? FYI cranberries also unavailable…

    10. I love BC blueberries, too. I stock our freezer with them every year… I like your salad – so easy, right? Ive been eating quinoa and avocado + something random thrown in for like 2 weeks straight, lol… strips of beef, grilled corn, spinach… whatever i have. I would not have thought of blueberries, though, I will need to keep this in mind. 🙂 take care.

      1. Where do you buy BC blueberries? On the way from BC vacation?!:) I never knew about them while living in Calgary. Mind you we barely left Calgary back then because it was so expensive to go anywhere. Lol.

        1. I envy you living in blueberry country with the mountains. I live in South Georgia, USA and it is pecan country. I don’t know what you pay for pecans at Costco, but you might want to try South Georgia Pecan Company, Valdosta, GA. They ship gifts and wholesale pecans, as well as other nuts. Just google it. I store mine in the freezer and they last for a few years. I grew up eating pecans from trees my grandfather planted. Those trees are still standing, still producing after almost 100 years. Sadly, our family does not own the farm anymore, so I have to buy pecans. I surely want to make this salad.

          1. I don’t know myself what I pay for pecans at Costco LOL. I just grab them. I will check out the company you recommended. Thank you! I wish I could visit my grandma’s house…You are so blessed that way. Thanks for stopping by.

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