Mango Arugula Quinoa Salad

If you’re looking for a light and healthy summer salad, this Mango Arugula Quinoa Salad is the thing!  Peppery arugula is mixed with sweet juicy chunks of mango, red pepper and quinoa all tossed with a fresh citrus dressing.

This Mango Arugula Quinoa Salad is a mix of quinoa, arugula and mango all tossed in a delicious citrus dressing

This colorful Mango Arugula Quinoa Salad is a delicious combination of sweet (mango), peppery (arugula) and earthy (quinoa), and it makes the perfect addition to any summer backyard barbecue!

This Mango Arugula Quinoa Salad is a mix of quinoa, arugula and mango all tossed in a delicious citrus dressing

This amazing summer quinoa salad is full of fresh, organic colorful fruit and vegetables.  It’s great for lunch or dinner and clean up is a breeze!

COLD QUINOA SALAD RECIPE

  • Cooked quinoa
  • Arugula
  • Ripe mango (ripe juicy mangoes give this salad an incredible sweet and refreshing flavor)
  • Sweet red pepper
  • Scallions
  • Fresh cilantro
  • Sliced almonds

Dressing

This dressing is made with just 3 simple ingredients!

  • Fresh lime juice
  • Pure clover honey
  • Extra-virgin olive oil

HOW TO MAKE VEGAN QUINOA SALAD

This cold quinoa salad with mango and arugula is quick and easy to make, coming together in about 20 minutes start-to-finish.  

  1. Cook quinoa:  Combine the quinoa and water in a medium saucepan; bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer, covered, until most of the water has been absorbed, about 12 minutes.
  2. Make citrus dressing: Whisk together the lime juice, honey, oil, and salt in a small bowl.
  3. Toss salad:  Add the mango, red pepper, scallions, arugula, almonds and cilantro to a large bowl and gently toss with citrus dressing.  

This Mango Arugula Quinoa Salad is a mix of quinoa, arugula and mango all tossed in a delicious citrus dressing

The vibrant colors going on in this vegan quinoa salad indicate that it’s loaded with phytochemicals (antioxidants), vitamins and minerals. This salad features foods that boost your immune system like quinoa, which is a  “complete” protein loaded with essential amino acids, mangoes which are rich with Vitamin C, Vitamin A, and Vitamin B6, and arugula is a good source of calcium, potassium, folate, Vitamin C and Vitamin K.

This Mango Arugula Quinoa Salad is a mix of quinoa, arugula and mango all tossed in a delicious citrus dressing

SUMMER SALAD RECIPES

These summer salad recipes can be served as a side with grilled chicken or fish, but they’re also filling enough to enjoy as a light main.

Originally published 8.2017 – updated 8.2020

This Mango Arugula Quinoa Salad is a mix of quinoa, arugula and mango all tossed in a delicious citrus dressing
Yield: Serves 4 - 6

Mango Arugula Quinoa Salad

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

This Mango Arugula Quinoa Salad is a mix of quinoa, arugula and mango all tossed in a delicious citrus dressing.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup cooked quinoa
  • 1 large ripe mango, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 1 medium sweet red pepper, seeded and diced
  • 4 medium scallions, chopped
  • 3 cups arugula, coarsely chopped
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds

Citrus Dressing

  • 3 tablespoons pure clover honey
  • 1/4 cup Lime juice, fresh
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Whisk together the lime juice, honey, oil and salt and pepper in a small bowl
  2. Combine quinoa and water in medium saucepan and bring to a boil.
  3. Reduce heat and simmer covered for 12-15 minutes, just until most of the liquid has been absorbed. Remove from heat and set aside for 5-10 minutes before fluffing.
  4. Using a fork, fluff quinoa and transfer to a large bowl
  5. Add the mango, red pepper, scallions, and cilantro toss to coat. Gently stir in the arugula.
  6. Pour the vinaigrette into the bowl and gently toss the ingredients so they're lightly coated.
  7. Add the almonds to the top and serve.

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