I was craving something fruity when I threw this delightful little salad together. I threw in some quinoa & greens for some extra nutritional power, and wow, the combo turned out excellently!
This salad has a subtle coconut flavor that nicely complements the fruit, and some crunch & chewiness from the edamame and dried cranberries--such a pleasing mix of textures & flavors! Throw on some rich & spicy dressing, and you are in for a real treat...perfect for these warmer days...
Tropical Coconut Quinoa Salad w/ Spicy Ginger-Sesame Dressing (Gluten Free, Vegan)
2 cups quinoa, cooked (I used Bob's Red Mill Tri-Color Quinoa)
2 cups fresh or frozen tropical fruits (I used a mix of strawberries, mango, and pineapple)
1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
1/2 cup dried cranberries (I used apple juice-sweetened from Natural Grocers)
1/2 cup frozen edamame, uncooked
1 cup fresh mixed greens (I used Organic Girl's 50/50)
Spicy Ginger-Sesame Dressing:
3 tbs apple cider vinegar
2 tbs sesame oil
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp cayenne
In a large mixing bowl, combine all salad ingredients.
In a small bowl, whisk together dressing ingredients.
Drizzle dressing over salad, and toss to coat.
Serve immediately, or store in the fridge until ready to eat.
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