strawberry peach quinoa salad

strawberry quinoa-1

strawberry quinoa-3It’s summer. Time for berries. Strawberries shine in this delicious quinoa salad. Mix in peaches, basil, arugula, crumbled goat cheese, walnuts, balsamic, and a strawberry-lemon pesto for extra zest. Mmm. I really do love summer…

Ingredients (makes 4 servings)

  • 1 pint of strawberries
  • 2 small peaches or 1 large peach
  • 1 cup quinoa
  • handful of arugula
  • large bunch of basil leaves (about 15 leaves)
  • 4 tbsp of crumbled goat cheese
  • 1 cup walnuts
  • juice of 1/2 a lemon
  • 2 cups cups olive oil
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • salt & pepper


  1. Cook the quinoa according to package instructions. While the quinoa is cooking, make the strawberry lemon pesto by blending (food processor is best) about 1 cup olive oil, 10 basil leaves, 5 strawberries, lemon juice, 1/2 cup of walnuts, salt, and pepper to taste.
  2. Let quinoa cool for 10-15 minutes after cooking. Once cooled, mix quinoa with arugula, rest of basil, rest of walnuts, and (almost all) the strawberry lemon pesto. Mix a bit.
  3. Finally, add the sliced strawberries, peaches, and goat cheese and toss lightly. Drizzle with remaining olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and remaining strawberry lemon pesto.



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