Quinoa Salad with Blackberries and Lemon Vinaigrette

Blackberry Quinoa Salad is the perfect side dish or main dish. Serve it at your next cookout or barbecue. Quinoa is loaded with protein and makes a deliciously healthy dish.

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 This salad is perfect to bring to a BBQ. Quinoa Salad with Blackberries Low Calorie, Low Fat Healthy Side Dish

Are there some foods that just confound you?  Quinoa was one of those.  I could not cook it properly for the life of me.  Furthermore, I tried lots of different methods and most of the time it was overcooked before it was supposed to be done.  Other times I forgot about it.  If I managed to cook it half decently, the other ingredients I threw in with it totally ruined the dish.  I saw tons of quinoa recipes everywhere and just could not understand why of all things I could not cook quinoa.

I read articles about cooking quinoa and all the tips I could find. Additionally, I drooled over other blogger’s gorgeous quinoa salads and pinned them to try.   In fact I was beginning to think that my quinoa was just cursed.  Finally I gave it one more try and really watched to make sure I didn’t over cook it.  Well miracle of miracles, it was perfectly cooked.

 This salad is perfect to bring to a BBQ. Quinoa Salad with Blackberries Low Calorie, Low Fat Healthy Side Dish


Now that I had this perfectly cooked quinoa I needed to do something with it.  I really didn’t want to ruin yet another quinoa dish.  So I decided to take a light hand with it and throw in a few choice ingredients.  Finally success!  Boy did it feel good to get that quinoa monkey off my back.  I’m not a quinoa failure anymore.  Now that I’ve gotten one recipe under my belt, I’m looking forward to playing with quinoa and seeing what else it can do.  In fact I’ve seen some lovely bread recipes with quinoa in them.  That might be the direction I go in next.

This salad takes advantage of the fresh blackberries in season now.  The color of the blackberries really pops against the neutral color of quinoa.  It is a delicious pairing perfect for any summer BBQ.  The salad is easy and comes together in no time.  Just keep a timer on when you are cooking your quinoa.  Then you don’t have to worry about being a quinoa failure too.

 This salad is perfect to bring to a BBQ. Quinoa Salad with Blackberries Low Calorie, Low Fat Healthy Side Dish
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Blackberry Quinoa Salad

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 157 kcal
Author Christie Daruwalla


  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/3 cup meyer lemon juice
  • 1 meyer lemon zest
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 3/4 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1/8 tsp. fresh ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup chopped cucumbers
  • 3/4 cup blackberries
  • 10 leaves mint, chopped
  • 10 leaves basil, chopped


  1. Cook quinoa according to manufacturer's directions.

  2. In a large bowl, whisk together lemon juice, garlic, lemon zest, salt and pepper. Whisk in olive oil.

  3. Drain quinoa and put into the bowl with the vinaigrette. Toss to combine. Let cool.

  4. Stir in the rest of the ingredients and serve room temperature.

Recipe Notes

I calculated 5  Weight Watcher Smartpoints.

Nutrition Facts
Blackberry Quinoa Salad
Amount Per Serving
Calories 157 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 5g 8%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Total Carbohydrates 23g 8%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 1g
Protein 4g 8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


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  1. What a delightful summer salad!
  2. I love this salad! My mulberry tree is going crazy this year and I was looking for more berry ideas ... definitely making this one. Thank you :)
    • Christie Daruwalla says
      Hi Ann, How fantastic to have a mulberry tree! I can just imagine how good this would be with fresh berries.
  3. This looks SO good, Christine! Now if I could just get over my aversion to the seeds in blackberries. I love the way blackberries taste, I just hate the seeds! Pinning this!
  4. I would have never thought of putting blackberries in quiona so original love the lemon contrast. If you can share this with us on foodie friday I would love it.
    • Christie Daruwalla says
      Thanks Diane I will be back to linking up again as soon as my little one is back to school!
  5. What a yummy salad idea! I pinned it to my Blackberry Recipes board on Pinterest (http://pinterest.com/heidikennedy/blackberry-recipies/)
  6. What a delicious combination. I can't wait to try. I'm not fully a quinoa lover, but I'm trying! I do love blackberries so I'm definitely going to try this. Thanks so much for linking up to the Weekend Potluck last week. Have a terrific week!
  7. Wow Christie! This sounds so light and fresh. What a great idea to put berries in a quinoa salad. Love it.
  8. I have all these ingredients, I think I know what dinner will be tonight.
  9. What a lovely side dish! I'm looking forward to making this when it warms up a bit around here :)
  10. Beautiful picture! Love the unique flavor combination - perfect for a light meal.
  11. This looks delicious Christie! I love the combination of savory and sweet!
  12. What a great quinoa salad! It looks so good!
  13. I love the sweet and savory combination! And I adore blackberries!


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