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May 31, 2021

by Alyssa

Blueberry Quinoa Salad with Lemon-Basil Vinaigrette

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This healthy blueberry quinoa salad is high-protein and packed with fiber and vitamins from avocado, arugula, pecans, and fresh berries. It's also vegan and gluten-free!

overhead of a white bowl with blueberry, arugula and quinoa salad

When summer is here, that means blueberry season. So you can bet that I'm packing this sweet superfood into every meal I can. From Blueberry Protein Pancakes in the morning to Banana Blueberry Crumble for dessert.

And in between? I like to keep it light and vitamin-packed with a healthy lunch like this blueberry quinoa salad.

Health Benefits of Quinoa Salad

This salad goes a long way to cover your basic nutritional needs and then some.

Fresh blueberries are packed with antioxidants, low sugar, and full of essential vitamins and minerals. In addition, they're high-fiber, and great for your brain, heart, and skin.

Then we have arugula, which also packs a punch of antioxidants and fiber.

There's also quinoa, which is high in plant-based protein and trace minerals like manganese and copper.

And don't forget the raw pecans and avocado, which provide healthy fats to keep you full.

Finally, there's the salad dressing. This easy lemon-basil vinaigrette is great for your digestion and offers vitamin C.

collage of the steps to make salad with green dressing, arugula, avocado, and pecans

Making Quinoa Salad with Blueberries

Ready to get salad making? This is a straightforward recipe with no special techniques. Simply toss all of the ingredients together in a big bowl, add the dressing, and serve.

Here are the plant-based ingredients that make this vibrant summer salad:

  • Arugula, for its peppery flavor and delicate texture.
  • Fresh organic blueberries because summer!
  • Raw pecans, which are buttery, crunchy and nutty
  • Avocado for its healthy fats and creaminess
  • Quinoa for its protein and to add extra heft to this salad so it's a complete meal.

That's it! It's a well-balanced and fresh vegan and dairy-free salad to make all summer long.

white bowl of blueberry power salad with dressing on top

Lemon-Basil Vinaigrette

The creamy vegan salad dressing here is really a start of the show. It starts with a base of high-quality organic olive oil. Bonus: EVOO includes healthy monounsaturated fats, which are important for brain health.

Next, this salad includes:

  • Fresh lemon
  • Apple Cider Vinegar (which is great for gut health)
  • Garlic (a natural probiotic)
  • Sea Salt
  • Fresh basil
  • Stone-ground mustard
  • A touch of maple syrup

It all just gets blended up in your blender and you're done. You can even make extra to drizzle on Vegan Cobb Salad for dinner

three white bowls with blueberry quinoa and arugula salad

Quinoa Salad Meal Prep Idea

This salad recipe makes enough to feed four servings. It makes a great lunch to share with friends. Or, you can use it for meal prep. If you pack the lunch ahead of time, it's best to leave the avocado whole. Then simply slice the avocado and dress each salad just before you dig in.

overhead of a white bowl with quinoa blueberry power salad with dressing

More Healthy Salad Recipes To Try:

Blueberry Quinoa Power Salad

If you make this Blueberry Quinoa Salad and Lemon-Basil Vinaigrette, be sure to let me know with a review below!

Blueberry Quinoa Power Salad with Lemon-Basil Vinaigrette

This healthy blueberry quinoa power salad has a refreshing lemon-basil vinaigrette, avocado, quinoa and fresh fruit for a healthy summertime lunch.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 4 Servings
Calories 379kcal
Author Alyssa Rimmer
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4.12 from 9 votes

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Separate all the salad ingredients evenly between four bowls.
  • Blend the dressing ingredients in a blender until smooth and creamy. Add a dash of water if needed to thin it out.
  • Pour dressing over salads and enjoy!

Nutrition

Calories: 379kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 31g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 98mg | Potassium: 567mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 1360IU | Vitamin C: 18.8mg | Calcium: 97mg | Iron: 2.2mg

WW SmartPoints: 12

 

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  5. Hi Alyssa,

    This is a fantastic salad! I love this one.
    I would also love to feature it in our website Greenthickies.com.
    I will not be posting the actual recipe, but only one image, title, a small quote and link directly back to your post.
    Is that all right?

    🙂
    Katherine,
    Greenthickies.

  6. Hi Alyssa,
    Your Blueberry Quinoa Power Salad was delicious. Your dad sent me your blog-site. It is so fun to connect with another Rimmer. Your U tube videos are great too.
    best,
    Amanda

  7. Hi Alyssa!
    You have amazing recipes! I am excited to try all of them!! After 30 years of suffering I just got my allergy testing back, and your website is going to be a godsend!
    Any recommendations on another spice instead of garlic? I am sad to have a garlic allergy!!

    • I think the texture would be a little strange, but if it sounds good to you I saw go for it! I’m sure the taste would be pretty much identical 🙂

  8. I love putting blueberries (locally picked!!) in salads! This is a great combination. And the vinaigrette is so fresh and delicious with the basil. This is a keeper!

    • Glad you enjoyed it! I’m loving the sweet addition to salads, so definitely doing this more often!

  9. I’m also so happy to see nutrition facts posted! Love your recipes. Thank you. The diabetic in our family needs the serving size and carb info.

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