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!

Artisana Awesomeness

After my very busy day, I slowed things down just a little bit yesterday with a 30 minute elliptical interval workout in the morning.  And that’s all.  Today, I’m skipping the gym since I’m going to the zoo with my students, so I’ll be walking around all day long.  Plus, tomorrow is the Ruckus Run.  Itz only two miles, but I want to make sure I’m well-rested in case of any tough obstacles!

Now let’s talk about a new food obsession: Artisana Organic Foods.  Oh my heavens, I am hooked!  They sent me a fabulous package and I have been putting butters and oils in and on everything in site as of late.

With such a variety, I have been having a lot of fun in the kitchen experimenting with new combinations and new flavors.  Jonny has also been reaping these benefits.  Did you even know that this many nut butters were available?  I didn’t, but I do now, and boy am I glad!  I have seriously used them just about everyday.  In order not to bore you with every.single.thing.I.have.eaten.recently, I will just highlight my absolute favorites.

Oatmeal with Cashew Butter

Holy cow.  I didn’t think I could get any more excited about oatmeal, but I just did.  The cashew butter made my oats so unbelievably creamy and delicious.  That picture is making me drool just seeing and remembering it!

Cacao Quinoa Bowl

When Jonny and I were on that big quinoa bowl kick during Passover, I tried to spruce up quinoa any and every way since we were eating so much of it.  In this bowl was quinoa, unsweetened vanilla almond milk, cacao butter, and a drizzle of honey.  Jonny said this was his favorite quinoa bowl.

Protein Pancake with Macadamia Butter

I made a protein pancake and topped it with some warm macadamia butter.  So good!  The macadamia butter was a little crunchy, too, which added a nice texture.  I’ve topped my protein pancakes with just about every type of nut butter that Artisana sent me, and you really can’t go wrong with any of them!

Oh and if you’re reading this thinking, “Of course it tastes good; it’s butter – so fattening!”  No, no, no.  Well, yes there is fat in it, but it is coming from nuts – a whole food.  Ever since I started incorporating more fat into my daily diet, I have felt fuller sooner, longer, and way more satisfied.  These butters are a great way to get those healthy fats in.  Thank you, Artisana, for my delightful package and for opening my eyes to the whole new world of nut butters!

What is your favorite kind of nut butter?

Coconut Banana Quinoa Bowl

Last night marked the second session of the Healthy Eating Challenge class.  While I had high hopes that the course would get increasingly more in depth, I am sadly mistaken.  Like I said before, the class is excellent for those just starting on their healthy eating journey with a small knowledge base in regards to what constitutes “healty eating.”  For me, I know the vast majority of what they are covering, but I do enjoy collecting the recipes and sampling the food they make!  Last night was a Kale, Carrot, and Avocado salad and Southwestern Veggie Burgers.  The burgers contained brown rice, so I couldn’t taste it due to Passover, but the salad was really good!  On the drive home, the sky looked pretty cool and I couldn’t help but take a picture from my car.

Something that has resonated with me from the class is the encouragement of eating a variety of whole foods.  I love kale and spinach and eat at least one or the other everyday.  However, the speaker did mention how all green leafy vegetables (and all veggies for that matter!) contain different nutrients, so it is important to vary them.  Last time I grocery shopped, I picked up a bunch of collard greens which will be featured in tomorrows WIAW breakfast.  🙂

Also, I have been eating eggs for breakfast for the past few days (Hello, matzo ‘n eggs!), and while I’m not sick of them by any measure I wanted to switch it up.  My next go-to breakfast is oats, but being Passover, oats are out of the question.  Quinoa to the rescue!  Wait, isn’t quinoa a grain?  NO!  This is a misconception (by me, too, until recently) and quinoa is actually NOT a grain!  Crazy, right?  I know!  Quinoa is considered a relative of leafy green vegetables.  (source)  Here is a short blurb on just how awesome quinoa is:

Not only is quinoa high in protein, but the protein it supplies is complete protein, meaning that it includes all nine essential amino acids. Not only is quinoa’s amino acid profile well balanced, making it a good choice for vegans concerned about adequate protein intake, but quinoa is especially well-endowed with the amino acid lysine, which is essential for tissue growth and repair. In addition to protein, quinoa features a host of other health-building nutrients. Because quinoa is a very good source of manganese as well as a good source of magnesium, folate, and phosphorus, this “grain” may be especially valuable for persons with migraine headaches, diabetes and atherosclerosis. (source)

Now do you see why I like quinoa?  Last night I prepared the most amazing quinoa bowl that was eaten this morning for breakfast.  I would actually go out on a limb here and call the bowl “decadent.”  It was that rich, that creamy, and that good.

Coconut Banana Quinoa Bowl

          Makes two bowls.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup quinoa, uncooked
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1 banana, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons coconut butter
  • 2 tablespoons ground flax seeds

Directions:

  1. Combine quinoa and water in saucepan and bring to a boil.  Cover and reduce to low heat.  Simmer for 15 minutes.
  2. Uncover and stir in almond milk, banana, coconut butter, and flax seeds.
  3. Enjoy!

How easy is that?  Prepping it at night makes mornings much easier when breakfast is already prepared.  And you all know how much I like convenience in the kitchen.

What’s your favorite way to eat quinoa?  Did you know quinoa is not a grain?

Klassy Tuesday

Back to school… Back to school, to prove to daddy that I’m not a fool!  (Billy Madison, anyone?)  Today I go back to work.  {sigh}  I love the school I teach at, but being on my own schedule all day long sure has been nice over break!  Jonny always asks, “Can we retire yet?”  Haha, only a few more years decades, hunny.  Actually today and tomorrow I have meetings and the kiddos don’t come until Thursday.  Still a schedule.  Boo.

Even though it would mean waking up early, I knew I wanted to get a workout in this morning.  I have SO much more energy when I workout first thing.  Plus, I’m likely to be sitting all day, so getting up and getting moving early will probably do no harm.  Since my body is a bit sore from yesterday’s Bodypump, I focused on just cardio this morning; no weights.  I wasn’t exactly in a running mood, so I walked at speed 3.5 at an incline of 10.0 for 34 minutes (had to get to 2 miles! hate stopping so close too a mile marker!) while flipping between the local news and some quality tv. 

Teen Mom 2

Speaking of quality tv, I have this Tuesday night ritual.  My good friend, Angel, comes over and we eat dinner and watch really quality tv.  Our main focus is Teen Mom 2 (or 16 & Pregnant… whichever is in season), but we also include shows like The Bad Girls Club and, most recently, Love Games.  You haven’t seen these?  You’re missing out!  Not.  We do have fun though!  With Angel coming over on Tuesdays, I try and make a new dish each time.  Well, most times.  We’ve definitely had our fair share of repeats!  Tonight is featuring…

“Cheesy” Chickpea Quinoa!  I actually made this on Sunday to bring over to my parents for dinner, but they ended up ordering out, so little of this got eaten.  This recipe is from Chelsey and the recipe can be found here.  I am quite impressed with how this came out.  Sure, I followed a recipe, and, per the recipe, I “garnished with a dash of chili powder.”  But I’ve never garnished anything in my life, so I felt pretty successful and chef-like!  Stop laughing.

Well, time to prepare for my first day back to work and our Klassy Tuesday with TM2.  Jenelle better not get back together with Keiffer…

What quality tv shows do you watch?  Are you a TM2 fan?