Quinoa Berry Cherry Salad {vegan and gluten free}

Quinoa Berry Cherry Salad {vegan and gluten free}

Quinoa Berry Cherry Salad {vegan and gluten free}
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Do you believe in “super foods”? There is so much hype around them: kale, acai berries, quinoa…the list goes on. If there is one thing I try to stay away from in my photography and creative work (food, portraits, and weddings included), it is trends. Typically, I don’t care for trends because, eventually, the trend will become dated.

quinoa berry cherry salad vegan and gluten free | A recipe from The Artful Appetite

quinoa berry cherry salad vegan and gluten free | A recipe from The Artful Appetite

Now that’s not to say that I think all trends are bad. I love smoothie bowls and I love super foods, for example. I don’t try to fool myself into thinking however, that by themselves they are going to fix my life or make me super-human. But I will absolutely eat a fad food if I think it is legitimately delicious!

quinoa berry cherry salad vegan and gluten free | A recipe from The Artful Appetite

quinoa berry cherry salad vegan and gluten free | A recipe from The Artful Appetite

quinoa berry cherry salad vegan and gluten free | A recipe from The Artful Appetite

Quinoa may be considered a super food, and why not? It’s healthy and delicious. Its quick cook time also makes quinoa convenient on hot summer days I don’t want to feel the heat from the stove for very long. During the summer (or anytime, really) I like to cook a batch plain and keep it in the fridge; ready to throw on top of a salad to help create a meal.

quinoa berry cherry salad vegan and gluten free | A recipe from The Artful Appetite

quinoa berry cherry salad vegan and gluten free | A recipe from The Artful Appetite

quinoa berry cherry salad vegan and gluten free | A recipe from The Artful Appetite

quinoa berry cherry salad vegan and gluten free | A recipe from The Artful Appetite

quinoa berry cherry salad vegan and gluten free | A recipe from The Artful Appetite

During the summer, I live for berries and cherries. When they come into season, I can’t help buying them every time I go grocery shopping. I eat them by the handful: in smoothies, in muffins, on salads…I am certain that I would like them with or on just about anything.

quinoa berry cherry salad vegan and gluten free | A recipe from The Artful Appetite

Quinoa Berry Cherry Salad {vegan and gluten free}

Recently, I had one of those days where I wanted to throw together a filling salad. This is what I created; a delicious combo of berries and cherries tossed with quinoa and toasted pecans. This dish is perfect as a side, a light lunch, or a barbecue potluck contribution. You can serve it warm right after the quinoa is cooked, room temperature, or cool from the fridge. It is delicious at any temperature! Also, if you have a different variety of berries, make it using those instead for a different twist.

Quinoa Berry Cherry Salad {vegan and gluten free}
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Ingredients

  • 1 cup quinoa (approx. 2 cups cooked)
  • 1 cup fresh blackberries
  • 1 cup fresh raspberries
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries
  • 1 cup fresh pitted cherries
  • 2 cup toasted chopped pecans
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • juice of one lemon

Directions

  1. Cook quinoa and let cool completely.
  2. Rinse berries and cherries. Halve and pit cherries.
  3. Chop and toast pecans.
  4. Place quinoa and fruit in large bowl and gentle toss together.
  5. Whisk together the maple syrup and the lemon juice. Pour over the salad and gentle stir to incorporate.
  6. Enjoy!
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quinoa berry cherry salad vegan and gluten free | A recipe from The Artful Appetite

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