Plums, peaches, nectarines, apricots, and basil mixed with quinoa take your average fruit salad to a whole new level. Toss the salad in a honey lime dressing for a healthy summer side dish!
You guys I think Colorado is confused again. This whole week it’s been cloudy, rainy, and even a little cold at times. I feel ridiculous saying this, but I had a sweatshirt on twice this week, what the heck! It’s July and yet it’s been feeling more like September. Slow down mother nature I am definitely not ready for fall yet! Michaels may be jumping the gun and getting out the fall leaves and Halloween decorations, but that doesn’t mean the weather needs to follow their lead.
I was just starting to get color back in my skin, my beautiful running and biking tan lines have returned (enter sarcasm here), and I am by no means ready to return to my yoga pants and sweatshirt days! Luckily the weather forecast says the sun should be returning this weekend along with warm weather. Hopefully this holds true and I don’t have to grill out in the rain again with my husband trying to hold his huge golfing umbrella over me so I and the meat don’t get soaked.
Enough about the weird Colorado weather. Lets talk about this Stone Fruit Quinoa Salad. No I didn’t say stoned, I know what you’re thinking since I live in Colorado and all (wink, wink). Sooooo, stone fruit. It’s finally in season and that means all the juicy nectarines, peaches, apricots, and plums are popping up in the stores. I love the beautiful colors of the fruit and they turn this quinoa salad into a rainbow of oranges, reds, and yellows.
I made a honey lime dressing to go on this stone fruit quinoa salad. The dressing is light, tangy, and fresh tasting paired with the earthy quinoa and sweet fruit. Since I have an abundance of basil growing right now I added it in as well. If you don’t have basil or don’t like it I’m sure the salad will taste great without it or you could sub in fresh mint as well. This salad makes a great side dish along with grilled meat, or thanks to all the protein in the quinoa, it would also make a great vegetarian lunch or dinner.