Summer is in full swing, and one thing’s for sure – there’s a bounty of berries! We had a chance to go pick blueberries locally at the end of last week, so of course I’m turning to recipes that utilize these fabulous fruits. You know how it goes – post apple picking, I’m frantically searching for apple recipes. And since I love blueberries and am sure to go back to pick more, I wanted some recipes to use these antioxidant-rich, anti-inflammatory foods in. Enter this simple, seasonal quinoa berry salad.
This quinoa salad with berries is:

  • Plant-based
  • Made with minimal ingredients
  • Grain-free
  • Rich in fiber
  • Protein-packed
  • Simple to make
  • Super for pot lucks!

And okay, so we may not be doing a lot of pot lucks these days … but it still makes a healthy side dish and a fun picnic food. This could even work for a healthy breakfast option!

Recipe from Kiran Dodeja Smith of Companion Health


For the salad– 2 1/2 cups cooked quinoa (cooled)- 2 cups blueberries- 1 cup strawberries, hulled and sliced- 1/2 cup raspberries or blackberries
For the dressing:
-2 TBSP raw honey-2 TBSP lemon juice-zest of one lemon

To assemble:

  1. Fold berries into quinoa. 
  2. Add dressing to quinoa mix and combine. I added a sprig of mint to the finished product. Feel free to include!
  3. Serve cold as a side dish or as lunch.

Kiran Dodeja Smith  is a local mom of 4 kids, food blogger, and a health coach. She works with clients at Companion Health  an Integrative Health Clinic that combines functional medicine with traditional medicine to help heal your body from the inside out. 

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Charlotte, NC 28211

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