Easy Quinoa Mango Salad

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If you like quinoa and mangos you’re really in for a mega flavor explosion. This quinoa mango salad is the perfect cold summer salad and is super easy to make.

Summertime is a delicious time to experiment in the kitchen. The availabilty of fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs make it a great time for healthy cooking as well….even if you don’t like to cook. One of my favorite things to prepare in the warm weather months are summer salads.

I like the simplicity of ingredients, the simplicity of those recipes and how everything comes together deliciously in one big bowl.

About Quinoa

Quinoa is one of those ingredients that make a delicious summer salad. There are over one hundred types of quinoa. Fortunately, when you go to the grocery store you won’t find all 120 types on the shelves. The main types of quinoa are red, white and black, but there is no difference in nutritional value based on the color of those tiny pearls. In this recipe, I went with the white quinoa because it’s what I had on hand. But, you can use any type or color you like.

Part of what makes cooking with quinoa so enticing is the versatility and the impressive nutritional profile. Often mistaken for a grain, quinoa is actually a pseudograin and those seeds are high in protein and fiber. In addition, quinoa is naturally gluten and grain free, which makes it a suitable option if you have those dietary preferences.

Secondly, quinoa is a powerhouse when it comes to both protein and dietary fiber. Just one cup of cooked quinoa provides eight grams of protein and five grams of dietary fiber. So in this case, even without any additional protein as seen in this confetti chicken quinoa salad, this dish is a already complete meal.

Not to mention, quinoa cooks quite quickly. I’m talking about just 15 minutes of cooking time. Hence, you can see why quinoa is such a favorite for easy vegan quinoa recipes.

Is this Quinoa Mango Salad Grain Free?

While the majority of the recipes on this website are grain-free this one is not because of the corn. Of course you can just leave it out if you prefer. By the way, this is totally a plant-based recipe. For that reason you could also call it, vegan quinoa salad.

What are the ingredients?

quinoa

cherry tomatoes

red pepper

corn

mango

avocado oil

lemon juice (use a lemon squeezer like this one to get the most juice out)

Himalyan salt

garlic

fresh herbs

If you don’t have avocado oil or don’t care to use it, you can substitute that for some really good quality extra virgin olive oil as well.

How do I cut a mango?

Fortunately for you I have a video on one of my YouTube channels with over 26,000 views that shows how.

Other quinoa recipes:

Breakfast Quinoa with Fruit Maple
Confetti chicken quinoa salad

mango quinoa salad
Yield: 8-10

Easy Quinoa Mango Salad

Easy Quinoa Mango Salad

Mango quinoa salad is a delicious low calorie salad that's perfect for summer.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 4 cups quinoa (cooked dry)
  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes (halved)
  • 2 cups cucumbers (diced) about 2 small ones
  • 1/2 large red pepper (diced) about 1 cup
  • 1 ½ cup corn (cooked)
  • 1 large mango (cubed) about 2 cups
  • 1 tsp sea or Himalayan salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 2 tbsp fresh chives
  • Dressing:
  • 1/3 cup avocado oil
  • 1/3 cup lemon juice
  • 1-2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1/4 teaspoon Himalayan salt

Instructions

    In a large bowl, add quinoa, tomatoes, cucumbers, pepper, corn, and mango.

    Mix all ingredients together until all are well incorporated.

    To make the dressing:

    Add all ingredients in a high speed blender or food processor, and blend until all is smooth.

    Add the dressing to the salad, and stir well until the whole salad is covered with the dressing.

    Top with cut chives or whatever fresh herb you desire.

    Serve at room temperature or after chilling in the refrigerator.

Notes

Store any remaining in an air-tight covered container for up to 3 days.

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