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Blueberry Mango Quinoa Salad with Lemon Basil Dressing


For the quinoa
1/2cup quinoa
1cup water
For the fruits and veggies
1/2cup fresh blueberries
1/2cup cubed ripe mangoes
1/2cup cubed cucumbers
1/2tablespoon dried cranberries
For the lemon basil dressing
1 1/2tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2tablespoons lemon juice
1/4teaspoon lemon zest
10Basil leaves, chopped finely
Salt and pepper


1.Place the quinoa and water in a medium skillet and bring to a boil. Then reduce heat, and simmer covered for about 15 minutes or till the quinoa is cooked. Remove the lid, and fluff the quinoa with a fork. Let it cool to room temperature.
2.While the quinoa is cooking, combine the fruits in a bowl and refrigerate till you are ready to serve the salad.
3.Whisk together all the dressing ingredients, except the chopped basil. Refrigerate till you are ready to serve. Chop and add the basil to the dressing just before serving. If you add it earlier, it will go black.
4.Add half the dressing to the quinoa and mix gently.
5.Assemble the salad just before serving – toss the quinoa, fruits and cucumbers together. Serve other half of the dressing on the side. Serve immediately.