High Protein Quinoa Almond Berry Salad



This weekend, we went on our first summery hike of the year. The weather was warm and the sun was shining.

It was our first hike of the year that we didn’t think we were going to: 1) freeze to death, or 2) sink 3 feet deep in the mud.


I didn’t even need a jacket!


Yes, I’m one of those hardcore people who lug their big camera on a hike. ;)


It was worth it though! I love taking pictures of nature.

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This waterfall pic below was taken using a slower shutter speed (1/20). Slow shutter speeds create flowy and ‘creamy’ looking waterfalls.


This one below was taken using a faster shutter speed (1/400), which creates more individual drops and a broken up look. Cool, eh?


We hiked about 6k and then raced home to devour lunch.


Feature ingredient: strawberries!


I wanted to create a fruit salad with more staying power, one that was high in protein and healthy fats. I thought quinoa would be a fun grain to use in a fruit salad because it is so light in both texture and flavour. It’s also a complete protein source and gluten-free.

I added some protein and calcium-packed almonds along with a lightly sweetened dressing.

Open mouth. Inhale. Repeat.



The fluffy quinoa soaked up the fruity flavour from the berries and dressing, making a party in my mouth. This would make a great fruit salad to bring to a summer BBQ or gathering. It’s also good for a light & summery breakfast or snack.

That is, if you can share after you taste it!

We each gobbled down a couple heaping plates worth and stared in disbelief at the bottom of the empty bowl.

Who stole our fruit salad?!


Til next time fruit salad, til next time.


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Katherina @ Zephyr Runs June 20, 2011

Love it! I’ll have to try this soon, quinoa is a poor girls best friend :)


Angela (Oh She Glows) June 20, 2011

hehe yup…esp when you buy it by the 25 lb bag! I have quinoa coming out of my ears.


MargaretDerby May 11, 2013
Angela (Oh She Glows) May 11, 2013

Hi Margaret – I read this article a while ago. I buy fair trade quinoa by Alter Eco – I’ve written about this in the past on the blog. Quinoa is not the only problem; many products like chocolate and coffee are often overlooked too. I support fair trade whenever there is an option and luckily there usually is in the grocery store. That being said, I believe in using a wide variety of grains and not rely on any one in particular. I might eat quinoa once or twice a month, at the absolute most.


Felicia (Natural + Balanced) June 20, 2011

this would make a perfect breakfast! i love adding almonds to salads because they give the perfect crunch.
love the photos of the waterfall- beautiful hike!


Katie @ Nourishing Flourishing June 20, 2011

Fruit salad doesn’t last long in our house, either ;) Love the addition of balsamic!


Rachel @ The Perseverance Diaries June 20, 2011

Wow those pictures are amazing. The waterfall shot is breathtaking! I miss being in nature so much living in Manhattan.


The Teenage Taste June 20, 2011

Wow! Your hiking route looks beautiful! I think I might just print out the 2nd picture of the waterfall and frame it! It is SO pretty!
As for the salad, I only have one word…YUM! I’ve been in love with berries lately! Nothing like a fruit salad you can have for a meal! :-D


Jessica @ How Sweet It Is June 20, 2011

That scenery is gorgeous and this salad looks delicious!


Elizabeth@The Sweet Life June 20, 2011

My mom just became a vegetarian and she’ll love this–thanks!


Angela (Oh She Glows) June 20, 2011

I hope she enjoys it!


Heather @ Side of Sneakers June 20, 2011

Oooh that looks so good. Quinoa is by far my favorite grain and I love the fruit-twist on it!


Ali @ Pink Spatulas June 20, 2011

YUM! That looks so good. LOVED your hiking pictures, by the way!


Grace @ Healthy Dreaming June 20, 2011

The hike was SO scenic. I love the pictures.

This salad looks delicious! I’ve never thought of incorporating quinoa into my fruit salads! Love this idea.
Have a fantastic week!


Gina @ Running to the Kitchen June 20, 2011

This salad sounds so refreshing on a summer day. Love the idea of it! Your hike looks gorgeous!


Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat June 20, 2011

This looks so pretty! And it sounds like you guys had a great time out hiking. It’s one of the things on my to-do list this summer for sure. Have a great day Ange!


The healthy hipster June 20, 2011

Looks incredible! I’m in Prince Edward Island right now itchin for a way to use up these gorgeous island berries. perfection!


Angela (Oh She Glows) June 20, 2011

oh I love PEI!


Lauren at Keep It Sweet June 20, 2011

This salad looks delicious- I’d eat it for breakfast, lunch or dinner!


Maryea {Happy Healthy Mama} June 20, 2011

I love quinoa+fruit. This salad looks perfect! Your photos are amazing, too. :-)


Lesley Lifting Life June 20, 2011

Beautiful photos from your hike!! And I’m pretty sure your quinoa photos are just as beautiful ;)


Claire @ Live and Love to Eat June 20, 2011

I love salads with quinoa or wheatberries with fruit. This is beautiful!


Faith @ lovelyascharged June 20, 2011

I always plow through plain fruit salad because it never fills me up – and since berries can be kind of pricey, it’s great to have a way to make it more satiating and last longer. Sounds like the perfect summer recipe!


Valerie @ City|Life|Eats June 20, 2011

This looks fantastic :) Great idea!


katie June 20, 2011

I just picked some strawberries yesterday that are just burning a hole through my fridge to be used. This is such a good summery recipe, yum! I was wondering what lens you used on this hike, some pictures seem to be taken with a wide angled but others are great close ups! I loved them all.


Angela (Oh She Glows) June 20, 2011

Thanks! I used our canon 17-85mm lens. The close ups were just cropped in lightroom. :)


Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table June 20, 2011

What a gorgeous hike!

The quinoa bowl is beautiful too. I love incorporating fresh fruit into my summer salads.


Julia June 20, 2011

What a fun and healthy twist on the “traditional” fruit salad!
I’ve never had quinoa with fruit so I’ll definitely try this out ASAP.
I think this dish may also be quite convenient for a to-go meal (like for work, road trips, outdoor activities).

Taking pictures of waterfalls is so fun because you can play around with different effects :)


Emily June 20, 2011

I love the waterfall photos, really beautiful! Great photography!!


Liz @ Tip Top Shape June 20, 2011

THose pictures are breathtaking!! Definitely worth lugging the camera around!


The Healthy Hostess June 20, 2011

Beautiful pictures and beautiful food! I am looking forward to making this soon! This would be great with a little pure almond extract too!


Angela (Oh She Glows) June 20, 2011

mmm yes great idea!!


Tichina June 20, 2011

Beautiful pictures Angela! Looks like you guys had a great time, as soon as the weather starts shaping up around here I hope to get out and be adventerous too :)


Elizabeth @ the good life June 20, 2011

Love the waterfall pics! I need to try this:)


Heather (heathers dish) June 20, 2011

How could you not love something so bright and colorful?! Looks like the perfect post-hike meal :)


marla June 20, 2011

Angela, looks like a wonderful hike. I love getting outside as much as possible this time of year. The fruity quinoa salad looks amazing!


Kierstan @ Life {and running} in Iowa June 20, 2011

Hiking is my favorite weekend activity – too bad I haven’t had a chance to get out for one yet this year!

That salad looks really delicious.


Em Marie June 20, 2011

Your pictures are so gorgeous! They make me want to go hiking too!

I really need to try quinoa I’ve just been afraid to. I’m not sure how to prepare it/what to serve it with!


Jen June 20, 2011

In addition to this being perfect for summer, the colors make it even more perfect for the 4th of July! Quinoa is one of my favorite grains. I love how it goes with absolutely everything. I should bring this over to the family BBQ on the 4th, and spruce up the food spread with a healthy dish! I love being the one who brings something healthy that everyone actually likes.


Angela (Oh She Glows) June 20, 2011

great idea!


Zarah June 20, 2011

That looks SOOO yummy! Gonna make that, for sure! :D


Caitlin June 20, 2011

quinoa pairs so well with fruit. have you ever put dried figs in a quinoa salad? sooo good!


Angela (Oh She Glows) June 20, 2011

no I dont think I have but that sounds amazing! I love dried figs! Dates would be good too :)


Sara (The Veggie Eco-Life) June 20, 2011

I was just looking for green monster recipes, so the link comes in really handy :) thanks!

Your pictures are gorgeous! And that salad… mmmm!


Lauri (Redheadrecipes.com) June 20, 2011

Your waterfall pics are GORGEOUS! I love how you share the details about the camera speed/setting!! I don’t own a dslr….yet! Its definitely at the top of my Christmas list this year!!


Becca June 20, 2011

Do you just top the salad with almonds or stir them into the dish???

The colors of the salad are very “Fourth of July”.


Julie @ Shining From Within June 20, 2011

I love refreshing summer fruit salads!


Eat Hike Sleep Repeat June 20, 2011

Balsamic and strawberries is such a great combo.
Nice looking hike! My hike yesterday looked very different. We’re still playing in the snow!


kaila @ healthy helper! June 20, 2011

LOVE THIS! I love incorporating summery foods into all my meals and this is the perfect way to do it! Too bad cherries are like 6.99 a lb at my grocery store right now….yikes!


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