Strawberry Basil Quinoa Salad

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Strawberry Basil Quinoa Salad

Believe it or not, this lovely Strawberry Basil Quinoa Salad was developed by a kid! Twelve-year-old Danielle McNerney took first place in the recent California Strawberry #KidsCookOff where mini chefs everywhere were challenged to create a five-ingredient strawberry recipe for a chance to win up to $500 in Amazon Gift Cards. Danielle’s recipe was so simple and tasty we couldn’t resist sharing with you.


It was a lot of fun checking out all the cute kids and their strawberry masterpieces – I wish they all could have won! The main judge, MasterChef Junior Season 3 Nathan Odom, made the final picks. 

Strawberry Basil Quinoa Salad

Strawberry Basil Quinoa Salad

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 3 servings
Calories: 313kcal
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  • cups fresh strawberries sliced or chopped
  • 1 cup dried quinoa cooked (makes about 3 cups)
  • ¼ cup shelled pistachios chopped
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • ¼ cup fresh basil
  • Salt and pepper to taste optional
  • Crumbled feta cheese optional


  • Prepare quinoa according to package directions; set aside.
  • To flavor the olive oil with basil, in small pan, heat the olive oil and then sauté basil until crispy, about 4 minutes.
  • Remove basil and let drain on paper towel.
  • In mixing bowl, add all ingredients and gently stir.
  • Garnish with crumbled fried basil leaves and feta cheese (optional)


Serving: 163g | Calories: 313kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 8mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 4g
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