I love a good traditional fruit salad, but I also love to mix it up a bit and add in extras. One of my favorite add ins is quinoa. Have you ever tried it? No? You definitely should!
I usually like a red quinoa, but for this one I had a tri color blend in the pantry I needed to use. It was great, and beautiful in the salad. You can also add in any other variety of nuts, seeds, whatever you have a craving for.
This is great served as a snack, side, and even a breakfast. It’s multi talented!
Another reason I love fruit salads is you can mix in good and slightly overripe fruits together and they all taste amazing. This poor nectarines weren’t in the best shape, but you didn’t even notice once they were in the salad. Everything else was crisp and fresh, so it covered the nectarines up a bit.
Of course you can add in anything to your salad, here’s what I used- strawberries, apples, peaches, grapes and bananas. Aside from the quinoa add in, I also added in pecans. I love that crunch!
I drizzled mine with a white balsamic and honey. You can also make a mix of either lime or lemon juice and honey too. Both are great! Use what you have for sure. That’s what is great about this salad too, there are plenty of varieties! Make sure and mix it well, folding carefully. You’ll want an even distribution.
I’m not putting measurements on this, it will depend on your taste and preference. I will say, for this recipe I used about 4 cups of fruit, 1 cup of quinoa, 1/2 cup pecans, about 1 tablespoon white balsamic and about 2 teaspoons honey. If you prefer more or less of one or the other, that’s up to you.
This salad is best served right away, or at least within an hour. Any longer and the fruit starts to wilt a bit.
You’ve definitely got to try it, you will love this!