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Blueberry Quinoa Power Salad with Lemon-Basil Vinaigrette

Author - Alyssa Rimmer

Blueberry Quinoa Power Salad -- with arugula, blueberries, quinoa, pecans, avocado + microgreens!

Organic blueberries were finally on sale this week, so I snatched up a bunch of containers and have been eating them non-stop. Straight from the container of course, but I've also been incorporating them into a lot of my meals.

I shared a blueberry smoothie bowl I made the other morning on Instagram (which was actually a version of my blueberry bombshell smoothie) and they're even making their way into my salads. This quinoa power salad being my best savory blueberry creation yet.

 

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This salad is so full of healthy, detoxifying, anti-inflammatory foods is kind of outrageous (and by outrageous I mean outrageously awesome).

For starers we have the blueberries…which, nutritionally speaking, are absolute rockstars. They're packed with antioxidants, are low in sugar, have tons of vitamins and minerals, are high in fiber, and they're great for you brain, your heart and your skin.

Then we have arugula which again is high in antioxidants and fiber. There's also the quinoa which is high in plant-based protein and trace minerals like manganese and copper. Plus there's also raw pecans and avocado both of which provide a great boost of healthy fats which help to keep you satiated and full.

Finally there's the dressing: a lemon-basil vinaigrette which is equally full of tummy-friendly ingredients.

LEMON-BASIL VINAIGRETTE -- the perfect, summery salad dressing!

The dressing starts with a base of high quality, organic olive oil. This is the foundation of the vinaigrette and adds some more healthy fats to the salad.

Then we start with our detox ingredients. We've got:

Lemon
Apple Cider Vinegar
Garlic
Sea Salt

…along with fresh basil, stone ground mustard and a touch of maple syrup.

It all just gets blended up in your blender and you're done. Pairs so nicely with the rest of the salad!

This amazingly simple Quinoa Power Salad is fill of DETOXIFYING ingredients and taste absolutely AMAZING!

This amazingly simple Quinoa Power Salad is fill of DETOXIFYING ingredients and taste absolutely AMAZING!

The tanginess from the dressing, complements the sweetness of the blueberries perfectly. And the nutty pecans and buttery avocado are balanced with the spicy arugula and light microgreens.

If you were able to bottle up the taste of summer and put it into a salad bowl, this quinoa power salad would be it. Each bite is absolutely delightful and really brightens up your entire meal.

This amazingly simple Quinoa Power Salad is fill of DETOXIFYING ingredients and taste absolutely AMAZING!

What about you?

What summer produce are you most excited about? Share your favorites in the comments below and I'll try to sneak them into some of my upcoming recipes! For me it's: cherries, strawberries, peaches and alllllll the veggies!

xo Alyssa

Blueberry Quinoa Power Salad -- with arugula, blueberries, quinoa, pecans, avocado + microgreens!

QUINOA POWER SALAD...with blueberries, arugula, pecans and avocado, all tossed in an amazing lemon-basil vinaigrette!
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Blueberry Quinoa Power Salad with Lemon-Basil Vinaigrette

This salad is so full of healthy, detoxifying, anti-inflammatory foods is kind of outrageous (and by outrageous I mean outrageously awesome).

Course Salad
Cuisine American
Keyword basil, blueberry, lemon, quinoa
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 4 Servings
Calories 379 kcal
Author Alyssa Rimmer

Ingredients

  • for the salad:
  • 7 - 8 cups arugula
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries
  • 1 cup cooked quinoa any variety
  • 1/2 cup pecan halves
  • 1 avocado
  • Microgreens optional
  • for the dressing:
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 small garlic clove
  • 1/2 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon maple syrup
  • pinch of sea salt
  • 1 cup fresh basil
  • Water if needed

Instructions

  1. Separate all the salad ingredients evenly between four bowls.
  2. Blend the dressing ingredients in a blender until smooth and creamy. Add a dash of water if needed to thin it out.
  3. Pour dressing over salads and enjoy!
Nutrition Facts
Blueberry Quinoa Power Salad with Lemon-Basil Vinaigrette
Amount Per Serving
Calories 379 Calories from Fat 279
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 31g 48%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Sodium 98mg 4%
Potassium 567mg 16%
Total Carbohydrates 24g 8%
Dietary Fiber 7g 28%
Sugars 6g
Protein 5g 10%
Vitamin A 27.2%
Vitamin C 22.8%
Calcium 9.7%
Iron 12.4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

WW SmartPoints: 12

 

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Blueberry Quinoa Power Salad -- packed with antioxidants, plant-based protein and perfect for detoxing!
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  1. 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.

  2. 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

    • So glad you enjoyed it Amanda and thanks for leaving a comment! It’s great to hear from you! Let me know if you end up trying any other recipes from the site 🙂

  3. 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 🙂

  4. 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!

  5. 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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