Looking for a delicious quinoa salad recipe made with fresh strawberries? This summer salad recipe, Strawberry Quinoa Salad with Fresh Basil, is fresh and full of tasty flavors. It’s perfect served at a casual dinner or holiday party, and also a fantastic gluten-free potluck dish!

Strawberry Quinoa Salad

Being a seasoned hostess, I’ve learned that hosting a dinner party is an opportunity for bringing people together to create togetherness. This Easter dinner, where we served Strawberry Quinoa Salad with Fresh Basil, happened four years ago at our last home in Medford, Oregon.

In our backyard with family and friends, we served a traditonal Easter dinner of ham, potatoes (love these Potato Gratin Muffin Stacks), lots of salads, and plenty of desserts. Desserts like this 5-ingredient Frozen Strawberry Royale, and No Bake Chocolate Easter Egg Cookies!

Strawberry Quinoa Salad

I whipped up one of my favorite quinoa salads, Strawberry Quinoa Salad with Fresh Basil.

There’s nothing quite like strawberries and fresh basil that says “summer!”

BEST Strawberry Quinoa Salad with Fresh Basil

Summer salad recipe

A delicious summer salad, the dressing is so simple. Olive oil, lime juice, honey, and fresh basil.

Mix together! Make the salad ahead and toss right before serving!

Strawberry Quinoa Salad with Fresh Basil Recipe

Life is best

I think about what food means to us – as a society, as friends and family, and as a community, and how the nourishment of it changes our lives. I’m sure you have your own stories of sharing food and recipes with others in your home.

BEST Strawberry Quinoa Salad with Fresh Basil Recipe

Life is definitely best shared with company!

Strawberry Quinoa Salad with Fresh Basil

Strawberry Quinoa Salad with Fresh Basil

What makes me sad is that to many, dinner parties or eating together only center around a holiday meal (or birthday celebration).

I wish we didn’t always have a “reason” to host a dinner party!

Plan the menu, ask guests to contribute, and make-ahead some easy recipes, like this Strawberry Quinoa Salad with Fresh Basil.

Strawberry Quinoa Salad with Fresh Basil

 

Strawberry Quinoa Salad with Fresh Basil

Set the table

For this outdoor Easter dinner, we set a very simple table with springy flowers, my favorite Le Creuset dishes, Mason green and blue jars for glasses, and IKEA purple napkins.

Strawberry Quinoa Salad with Fresh Basil

The day couldn’t have been better.

The food was delicious, the weather was absolutely gorgeous, we mingled, savored our time together, and I will admit, it was hard to say goodbye.

What are your thoughts on “potluck” and everyone contributing to the meal?

Summer Quinoa Salad

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Strawberry Quinoa Salad with Fresh Basil

Precook quinoa the night before and allow to cool; refridgerate.

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup basil, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 1 tsp. agave nectar or honey
  • 1 tsp. sea salt
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 2 cups cooked quinoa
  • 1 cup sliced strawberries
  • 1/2 cup red onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup cucumber, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup diced carrots, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup red or yellow peppers, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup chopped basil, finely chopped

Instructions

  • Mix the first 5 ingredients in a bowl; set aside.
  • Add the other ingredients together in a larger bowl.
  • Mix in the dressing. Serve!
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More quinoa recipes: Thai Quinoa Salad [Foodie Crush] and Quinoa Lentil Salad [A Spicy Perspective].

Strawberry Quinoa Salad with Fresh Basil

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