Strawberry Avocado Quinoa Salad

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Sweet, juicy strawberries and creamy avocado combine with fluffy quinoa in this delicious strawberry avocado quinoa salad. It's a healthy yet filling side dish that's great for summer. (gluten-free, vegetarian)


  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 cups water or vegetable stock
  • 1/2 lb fresh strawberries, hulled and sliced
  • 1 ripe avocado, diced
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves, roughly torn
  • 2 oz goat cheese, crumbled*
  • 2 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp honey
  • Pinch sea salt
  • Pinch freshly cracked black pepper


  1. In a medium saucepan, bring quinoa, salt and water or stock to a boil. Cover, lower heat and simmer 15 minutes. Remove from heat and let quinoa cool completely.
  2. Add cooled quinoa to a large bowl with sliced strawberries, diced avocado, basil, and crumbled goat cheese.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together remaining ingredients (vinegar through pepper). Pour over quinoa salad. Gently toss to coat. Serve or refrigerate until ready to serve.


  • If you're using cooked quinoa, you'll need about 3 cups. For tips on cooking perfect quinoa, see this post all about cooking quinoa.
  • Leave out the goat cheese for a vegan and dairy-free option.
  • You can also use feta if you don't care for goat cheese.
  • Mint is also really delicious in this salad. You can use it instead of, or in addition to, to the basil.
  • Feel free to use any cooked whole grain that you like instead of quinoa! Just know that some grains (like farro) are not gluten-free if that matters to you.

Keywords: strawberry avocado quinoa salad, quinoa salad with strawberries