Honey Ginger Quinoa Fruit Salad Recipe

This Honey Ginger Quinoa Fruit Salad Recipe is absolutely perfect to make at the beginning of the week to have on hand for a healthy breakfast or snack. It’s sure to be a crowd-pleaser for brunch with family and friends.  The flavors are unique and provide a new twist on a traditional fruit salad.  It will satisfy a sweet tooth and keep you full as it’s packed with protein.

Fruit salad.  Good stuff.  Quinoa fruit salad.  Alright, that sounds healthy.  That’s what you’re thinking, right?  Quinoa is very healthy for you as it contains all nine essential amino acids making it a complete protein.  But let’s be real.  It’s pretty bland.  You’ve really got to spruce up quinoa or add it to a flavorful dish.  I’ve heard people say time and time again that they don’t like quinoa.  Friends, you’re doing it wrong!  The sauce for this honey ginger quinoa fruit salad will completely change your minds about quinoa.  And if you’re already a fan of quinoa, this will be your new favorite way to eat it.

honey ginger quinoa fruit salad recipe

You can make this over the weekend when you have time to wash and cut all the fruit and eat it throughout the week.  Or you can make it the morning when you are hosting brunch.  I’m telling you, this honey ginger quinoa fruit salad is awesome!  It’s not just any fruit salad, and it’s not like any quinoa fruit salad you’ve ever had.  It makes a large amount, so it’s definitely worth the prep time.

Honey Ginger Quinoa Fruit Salad Recipe

adapted from Fresh Thyme

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups quinoa
  • 3 cups sliced strawberries
  • 3 cups cubed pineapple
  • 1 1/2 cups blueberries
  • 1 1/2 cups blackberries
  • 1 cup slivered almonds
  • 1/2 cup dried coconut flakes
  • 1/3 cup honey + 1/4 cup honey (separated)
  • 3 tsp orange zest
  • juice of 2 oranges
  • 3 in piece ginger, grated
  • 2 cups plain Greek yogurt
  • 4 tsp vanilla extract

Directions:

  1. Bring 3 cups water to a boil.  Add quinoa.  Reduce heat, cover, and simmer over medium-low until quinoa is tender and water has absorbed (about 15 minutes).
  2. In a small saucepan, heat 1/3 cup honey, orange zest, orange juice, and ginger over medium-low heat until honey has liquefied.
  3. Transfer cooked quinoa to large bowl.  Pour honey ginger mixture over quinoa and toss to coat.
  4. Add strawberries, pineapple, blueberries, blackberries, almonds, and dried coconut flakes to quinoa and gently toss.
  5. In a small bowl, stir together yogurt, vanilla, and 1/4 cup of honey.
  6. Place quinoa salad in serving bowls and top with dollops of yogurt mixture.

I garnished with additional almond slivers and dried coconut flakes.  Other options for garnish include chopped fresh mint or cacao nibs.

honey ginger quinoa fruit salad

I received an email on Monday morning asking if I could be available to do a cooking demonstration the following morning on a local news station.  I was able to take a half personal day from school, and I was excited for my first tv appearance.  After William was asleep, I went to Fresh Thyme for the first time.  Fresh Thyme reminds me of a local farmer’s market that got turned into a grocery store.  They had lots of great deals on their produce and had a large selection of organic products, as well as an extensive bulk section. I purchased the ingredients I needed for my honey ginger quinoa fruit salad, and I got to work washing, cutting, and prepping all the ingredients.

Bright and early, I went to get my hair and makeup done.  (Hey, for my first tv appearance, you better believe I was going to make sure everything was on point!)  I took my haul to the news station and was welcomed by one of the producers.  Immediately, I went to work setting up the counter.

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I was on Great Day St. Louis with host Laura Hettiger.  Check out my cooking demonstration of the honey ginger quinoa fruit salad segment below.

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I had so much fun sharing the recipe!  My parents were watching William, and they snapped this adorable photo of him watching his momma do her thing on tv!

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Have you ever made or tried a quinoa fruit salad before?  Another great thing about the recipe is that it can easily be tweaked based on what you have in your kitchen.  Feel free to play around with different fruits, nuts, and seeds!

Friday Favorites

Friiiiiiday! Oh baby, itz been a long week as I’ve had Parent – Teacher conferences each day and night.  They went well, it just makes for super long days. So TGIF!  I thought I’d do another episode of Friday Favorites to share some new things I’ve been loving.

Biggest Blackberry Ever

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Isn’t it huge?  Haha, I know itz random, but last weekend I got a carton of blackberries at the farmer’s market and I couldn’t believe the size of that sucker!

Maybelline Lipstick

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Lipsticks tend to dry my lips out, but my lips are so pale that I really need some color.  I finally found one I like!  Itz Maybelline’s SuperStay 14 hour Lipstick.  I love the shade Till Mauve Do Us Part.

Lorna Jane’s Advantage 7/8 Tight

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Kate, owner of Dimvaloo (my favorite store ever), so very kindly gifted me this pair of tights upon learning I’m pregnant.  I’ve worn them several times this week and love love love them!  They super comfy (and will continue to be with my growing belly) and flattering, if I do say so myself.  No surprise since I’m already obsessed with all things Lorna Jane.

Ghee

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Several bloggers often use ghee in their cooking and I was curious, so I texted my friend Meg to find out the benefits.  She explained them, and then wrote this great informational post all about the FAQs About Ghee.

And because itz Friday, that’s all I have for you!

What’s on your Friday Favorites list today?

Long Love Fruit

Long love fruit!  We all love fruit, right?  Itz naturally sweet, delicious, and provides tons of nutritional benefits.  You know what I don’t love though?  Buying it, washing it, drying it, and slicing and dicing it.  I’m just being real with you.  I would buy ready-to-go fruit all the time if it weren’t so darn expensive.  Fruit is a great additive to so many dishes… especially yogurt.  Now there is a much more convenient way to enjoy yogurt and fruit!

Yoplait_Fruitful

Yoplait Fruitfuls have 1/3 cup of real fruit in each serving and NO artificial sweeteners or flavors.  Now don’t get me wrong… I love fresh fruit, but sometimes when life gets busy I simply don’t have the time to wash and cut and store it.  Itz no mistake that many of my fruit-filled recipes happen during the summer when I have a lot more time on my hands.

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PB&J Smoothie, Muesli Fusion Summertime Parfait, & Blueberry Bliss Smoothie

Favorite fruits?  Hmm it depends what for.  Like for curbing my raging sweet tooth, I really like strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries.  However, for a snack that provides a bit of fiber and can be eaten on the go I’d have to say apples.  If I need a pre or post workout meal, then itz definitely bananas.  Yoplait Fruitful comes in six different flavors: pineapple, strawberry, mango pineapple & orange, blueberry, peach, and cherries & red berries.

yoplait fruitfuls

I’ve tried three of the six flavors so far and they are all fantastic!  There is literally no artificial taste in them at all – itz real fruit, baby, and itz obvious as soon as you lift the lid.  I know Jonny will be all over the pineapple and I have several different smoothie ideas for these yogurts.  Mango Pineapple & Orange would make a killer tropical smoothie with some shredded coconut.  Mmm take me to the beach!  Or just give me a Fruitful…

Let’s be real: life is busy.  For me, this weekend included lots of family time as we celebrated Yom Kippur.  Mama and Papa hosted a beautiful break the fast dinner on Saturday with our wonderful family.  Poppy occupied the little ones by performing magic.  I went to a Greentree festival with my sister and her kids on Sunday that was complete with a petting zoo, pony rides, and lots of food and music.  It was a marvelous weekend indeed.

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Sometimes life is busy and sometimes I don’t want to spend it in the kitchen.  When that happens, I reach for a Yoplait Fruitful for a healthy snack of yogurt and REAL fruit.  It provides the protein and calcium from yogurt and all the vitamins from fruit.  And most importantly, it tastes good!

Be one of the first to try Yoplait Fruitful!  Print a coupon by clicking HERE.

When does Fruitful best fit into your daily routine?

This post is sponsored by Yoplait, but my love for fruit and yogurt is 100% my own.

Let’s Call It “Juice”

On Sunday I was contacted by Steve, owner of Nadoz Cafe, to come in and try their new juice bar.  I jumped at the opportunity because I did not even know a real juice bar existed in St. Louis.  (Smoothies that have fruit and tons of added sugar don’t count!)

After learning about the Euro Bakery + Cafe, Steve offered me a juice. He asked what I would like, and all of their combinations sounded so good!  Lately I’ve seen tons of juices with beets and ginger in them, so I was curious to try something along those lines. Steve suggested the Tropical Beet Juice with beets, apple, pineapple, and ginger.

Nadoz juice

It was totally awesome!  The pineapple provided the perfect amount of sweetness and the hint of ginger was not overpowering at all.  Definitely a fan.  I can’t wait to go back for breakfast, lunch, or dinner; they even have a wine bar that’s open in the evening.  Their menu is quite extensive and everything is made in-house.  Their juices contain no added sugar or pre-made juices.  They have a fancy juicer where they literally throw fresh fruit and vegetables in, and it turns it into smooth, nutrient-packed juice.  If only I had one in my own kitchen!

I did try to make my own juice at home by merely throwing a bunch of fruits and vegetables into my blender.  Here’s what my mix contained: ice, banana, carrots, celery, orange, flaxseed, spinach, kale, raw cacao powder, cinnamon, and water.

smoothie juice

Let’s just call it “juice,” yeah?  It really just turned into a smoothie, and I didn’t mind the taste, but it was certainly not as fine (nor as pretty!) as the juice from Nadoz.  Good try, Linz.  I did still get all the benefits of the vitamins and minerals from the fruits and veggies though.  And if you’re wondering: there is not a strong vegetable taste at all.  The banana and cinnamon really negate the strong “greens” taste.

Since this green juice didn’t provide any protein, I knew I needed to have something a bit more substantial to tide me over til lunch.  Plus, I workout in the morning, so having protein is especially important to refuel and repair muscles.  I made protein pudding.

protein pudding

In the puddin’: Sunwarrior vanilla protein powder, coconut flour, vanilla almond milk, cinnamon, and NuNaturals vanilla stevia.  I slowly add the milk until the desired consistency is reached.

Thanks to Jenn at Peas and Crayons for hosting today’s WIAW.

Lunch included baked chicken, steamed broccoli, and an apple.

lunch

Simple, but healthy and filling.  For snack I had a Dale’s Raw Protein Bar in raspberry hazelnut that I received in my last Conscious Box.  While the bar doesn’t look appealing, it actually tasted really good!  Plus, it packed 22 grams of protein!

dale's raw protein bar

(No nasty comments of what the bar looks like, please.)  Dinner was such a hodge podge.  We had leftover chicken and I roasted a cauliflower and sprinkled paprika and red pepper on it.  Then I found an eggplant in my fridge, so I roasted that, too.  After seeing the two white vegetables, I decided I needed some greens.  In the oven went rainbow chard sprayed with olive oil and nutritional yeast on top.

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Very random, but it worked and was Jonny-approved, as well.  The other day I picked up Organic Stone Ground Extra Dark Chocolate from Trader Joe’s.  Itz a “traditional Mexican-style chocolate,” and ohmygoodness itz absolutely delicious!

chocolate

Itz such a rich and satisfying treat.  Mmm mmm mmm!

Do you make your own juice?  What’s your favorite combination?

The Pomegranate Trick

Top 5 Reasons To Eat A Pomegranate

  1. Loaded with antioxidants; boosts immunity.
  2. Rich source of soluble and insoluble dietary fiber.
  3. Improves circulation and protects against cancer.
  4. Reduces heart-disease risk factors.
  5. Naturally sweet – tastes great!

pomegranate

Cutting and cleaning pomegranates can be challenging.  Like I said on Monday, last weekend was my first time actually getting the seeds out of a pomegranate myself.  It was messy.  Several of you along with my Twitter and Instagram followers suggested that I try the pomegranate cutting trick in a bowl of water.  Well, I tried it and had my mom video it.

Itz not the best video as I’m really focusing on the pomegranate since it was my first time, but at least it shows you that cutting a pomegranate doesn’t have to be hard or messy!  First timers out there, you’ve got to give it a try.  Itz easy as pie (oh my!).

The Pomegranate Trick

Have you ever cut and cleaned a pomegranate? Any other tricks out there I should know?

Itz WIAW

And just like that, itz the last Wednesday in June!  Where does the time go?  Let’s get right to it and start this WIAW party with the others at Peas and Crayons!

Breakfast: Pancake made with oats, egg, applesauce, cinnamon, peaches, and vanilla almond milk.  Topped with more peaches, shredded unsweetened coconut, and Barlean’s Mango-Peach Omega Swirl Fish Oil.  Speaking of delicious fish oils, don’t forget to enter the giveaway to win a Pina Colada Omega Swirl ($25 value!).

So delicious.  The Pina Colada Omega Swirl would taste amazing with bananas and coconut.  The Omega Swirls are seriously better than syrup and way healthier!

Snack-time:  Tons of healthy banana bread bites!  A bite here.  A bite there.  Lotsa bites everywhere.

So many bites that now it’s gone.  Boo.

Lunch: Beast of a salad.  I started with a bag of broccoli slaw then diced up a green pepper, red pepper, yellow squash, part of a red onion, and added sunflower seeds, almond slivers, black beans, and corn.

For the dressing, I mashed up an avocado and added some lemon and lime juice, a few drops of soy sauce, balsamic vinegar, and spicy mustard.  Random combo, but it worked!  This made a gigantic salad, so I’ve been eating it all week.  I had the afterthought to dice up an apple or add raisins for some sweetness.  Maybe next time.

Dinner: Grill success!  After my latest grill disaster, I was determined to make it work on the grill.  I kept it simple with asparagus and tofu.  The asparagus was lightly sprayed with olive oil and just a dash of sea salt was used.  The tofu was marinated in Trader Joe’s Sweet Chili Sauce.

Avocado slices were enjoyed on the side for a nice dose of healthy fats.  Dinner was amazing.  Even Jonny said that tofu on the grill was “unbelievable.”  (His words, not mine – promise!)  The only minor mishap was that I forgot to spray the grill as directed by my wise father as well as everyone else on google, so the tofu didn’t flip as nicely as it should have.  Lesson learned.

Dessert: Papaya!  I love papaya and last weekend my dad bought me a giant one at the Farmer’s Market.  I do think the little seed/bally things on the inside look kind of gross, but fortunately they are super easy to scoop out.

The papaya was perfectly ripe, and I scooped it right out with a spoon.

That does it for this week’s WIAW!

Tell me about your favorites: summertime foods and/or grilled foods!

Thursday Thoughts

Ashley does Thursday Thoughts and this post is pretty random, so I thought I’d use her theme.  Thanks, Ash.  🙂  Today we are getting our carpets cleaned.  This is a BIG deal.  I had to pick up everything off the ground that I could move before the cleaners came.  (And vacum.  Ugh.)  Our living room looked very, very empty.

(The guy will help me move the two tables.)  And looking at this picture makes me realize not how empty it is, but how clean it is.  Is this how it should look all the time?  Hmm… The extra room where we stored all of our living room stuff, on the other hand, looked anythingbutempty or clean.

I think we have too much stuff.  Our carpets will soon be cleaned… And we’ll get to put all our stuff back.  Yay!  {insert sarcasm}  I am happy they’ll be cleaned though because we’ve never gotten them cleaned since the carpet was replaced a couple of years ago.  It was time.  Definitely time.

Anyway,  last night for dinner was very random.  I made another pizza out of Trader Joe’s whole wheat dough.  It was identical as last time, though I did a better job with making the crust circular instead of heart-shaped.

Delicious, again.  We had my friend, Angel, over for dinner and last time I made the pizza Jonny and I ate the whole thing ourselves.  (Too much?)  Since we would be sharing, I wanted to make something else, in addition.  Chelsey posted a recipe for Lentil Jambalaya and I just so happen to have all the ingredients.  I had lentils leftover from the Whole Food’s class I attended, but I had never cooked lentils before and didn’t know where to start.  This recipe seemed like the perfect place to begin.

And it was.  I added corn to Chelsey’s recipe, and the lentils were red instead of green, but the jambalaya was SO good!  (Jonny agreed.)  Definitely will be made again.

Angel got a new dog, and she’s a cute little thang named Princess.  Princess is a high-energy dog who lives up to her name.  Zoey was very excited… for the first thirty seconds, then she wanted nothing to do with Princess.  Princess was more than happy to run around outside, and then crash on the couch with us.

Itz a small miracle I was able to capture this picture without the blur of Princess zooming around.  She’s a cutie though, isn’t she?  In all my recent Farmer’s Market trips, I have been picking up more fruit than I usually buy.  Like kiwis and mangoes.  Two fruits that I love, but two fruits that are awkward to cut.

Green and orange – Jonny’s favorite colors.  What is the proper way to cut a kiwi or a mango?  Not even proper, how about effective?  I just scooped the kiwi out and tried to cut the peel off the mango and cut around the gigantic seed thing in the middle.  Not very pretty, but it got the job done.

What are your Thursday Thoughts?