Fresh Berry and Blue Cheese Quinoa Salad Recipe

One of the best things about summer is the bumper crop of fresh berries found at markets, roadside stands or picked out of your own backyard. Plump, juicy blueberries and strawberries make our Berry & Blue Cheese Quinoa Salad a beautiful and bold delight that will make a big splash at every pool party, potluck and summertime party.

Fresh Berry and Blue Cheese Quinoa Salad ingredients ready for prep

Blue cheese, in all its rich, creamy, aged-to-perfection glory, brings balance to the sweetness of the berries. In my opinion, if a little blue cheese is good, then a lot of blue cheese is better! So, I’ve tossed in a whole tub of Litehouse® Simply Artisan Blue Cheese Crumbles along with the quinoa AND THEN dressed the entire salad in tangy Blue Cheese Vinaigrette Dressing for a double boom-bang of this delicious soft cheese.

Fresh Berry and Blue Cheese Quinoa Salad ingredients in the mixing bowl

Quinoa makes such a fabulous foundation for no-lettuce salads, it’s packed with fiber, protein and other important nutrients, has a hearty texture, and can be made ahead without getting soggy. Listen up, nobody wants a soggy, wilted green salad at a picnic! This versatile quinoa salad can be made the night before, and kept chilled until serving, making it ideal for meal-preppers and those who pack a lunch for work. 

Spoonful of Fresh Berry and Blue Cheese Quinoa Salad

In addition to berries and blue cheese, this salad includes red radish slices and Litehouse® Freeze Dried Red Onion, both to add extra crunch and color to this already texturally and visually interesting fruit salad. I find it handy to keep a jar of convenient freeze-dried onion in the pantry for times when I need just a bit of onion, but don’t want shed tears over chopping a fresh one.

Blue Cheese Quinoa and Fresh Berry Salad Recipe

Serves 8 | Finish in 15 minutes
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The summer’s best berries and bold blue cheese come together for a colorful quinoa salad that is bursting with flavor.

Ingredients

  • 3 cups cooked and cooled red quinoa (from 1 cup dry)
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries
  • 1 cup fresh sliced strawberries
  • 2/3 cup sliced radish
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh Italian parsley
  • 2 tablespoons Litehouse®  Freeze Dried Red Onion
  • 1 4-oz. tub Litehouse® Simply Artisan Blue Cheese Crumbles
  • 2/3 to 1 cup Litehouse®  Blue Cheese Vinaigrette

Directions

  1. Add cooled quinoa, blueberries, sliced strawberries, sliced radishes, parsley and freeze-dried red onion to large bowl, stir to combine.
  2. Add blue cheese crumbles and dressing to bowl, gently stir to distribute through salad.
  3. Serve immediately, or can make ahead the night before and keep chilled. 

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