Thursday, June 26, 2014

I’m Going On a Picnic and I’m Bringing ~~Quinoa Blueberry Mango Salad

It’s picnic time again! Hope you’re ready for some fun!  July is National Picnic Month and, my friend Louise over at Months of Edible Celebrations, is hosting the Picnic Game for the sixth year!  I was late to the party, joining in on the fun only two years ago. I brought some delectable Limoncello Biscotti my first year, and last year I made a traditional Lebanese cookie called Mamoul.  Can you tell cookies are a favorite picnic food around here?  However, this year I’m changing it up and bringing a delicious Quinoa Blueberry Mango Salad. Hope you place your blanket near mine, and share some with me. 

This is a wonderful addition to any meal…perfect for a picnic

The Picnic game is based on a children’s memory game. Basically, each blogger begins by saying I’m going on a picnic, and I’m bringing Angel Food Cake. The next person says, I’m going on a picnic and I’m bringing Angel Food Cake and Blueberry Pie….and so on and so on until all the letters are covered.  We will be filling our Picnic baskets with a variety of delicious virtual food; starting with A and working through to Z!! So lay down your blanket,  join the fun, and visit all the wonderful bloggers participating. There will be some amazing dishes to try!

Won’t you join me? 

For the past several years, my grandchildren have spent a week with me during the summer. We do all kinds of fun and adventurous things such as, checking out every playground in a radius of 25 miles, the Crayola Factory, Lunch at the Tea House with my granddaughter, the Zoo, Land of Make Believe and the County Fair. However, one of our favorite things to do is pack up a lunch and go on a picnic! Sharing a picnic with my grandkids, and making memories is a great experience!  I’m hoping they will fondly remember our picnics, as I do when I recall the picnics my grandparents would take me on. That’s what this post is all about today! Picnics, memories and fun!  


I decided to bring a salad to the picnic this year…and a delicious salad it is! I really enjoy quinoa, and have seen it used in salads quite a bit lately! Consequently, as I searched the web, I saw this scrumptious quinoa salad, and it seemed to be calling my name. It’s both colorful and delicious!  Happy National Picnic Month everyone! Go pack a lunch, put down your blanket and enjoy!!

Quinoa Blueberry Mango Salad with Lemon Basil Dressing

Adapted from Veggie Belly

For the quinoa:
cup quinoa
cups water
For the fruits and veggies:
cup fresh blueberries
ripe mango -cubed 
½ to 1
cup cubed cucumbers
¼ cup dried cranberries
¼ cup chopped pecans 
For the lemon basil dressing:
tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
tablespoons lemon juice
teaspoon lemon zest
Basil leaves, chopped finely

Salt and pepper to taste
(I added ½ teaspoon sugar)


Place the quinoa and water in a medium sauce pan and bring to a boil. Then reduce heat, and simmer covered for about 15 minutes or till the quinoa is cooked. Remove the lid, and fluff the quinoa with a fork. Let it cool to room temperature.
While the quinoa is cooking, combine the fruits in a bowl and refrigerate till you are ready to serve the salad.
Whisk together all the dressing ingredients, except the chopped basil. Refrigerate till you are ready to serve. Chop and add the basil to the dressing just before serving. If you add it earlier, it will go black.
Add half the dressing to the quinoa and mix gently
Assemble the salad just before serving – toss the quinoa, fruits and cucumbers together. Serve other half of the dressing on the side. Serve immediately.

Are you ready to play? Here we go…I’m going on a picnic and I’m bringing~~~

A ~ Angel Food Cake ~ Modern Day Ozzie and Harriet
B ~ Basil Leaves in Caramelized Prawnes ~ SimplyBeautifulHealthyLiving
C ~ Chicken Piccata ~ Mae’s Food
D ~ Darned Easy Potato Salad ~ Ofpupsnpearls
E ~ Eccles Cakes filled with Leeks,Spinach and BlueCheese ~gggiraffe
F ~ Fourth of July Picnic S’more Tartlets ~Moveablefeasts
G ~ Gluten free & Eggless Chocolate Steamed Cake ~KristyGourmet
H ~ Ham Cheesy Patties ~MyCookingGallery
I ~  Italian Frittata with Vegetables~ Mylittleitaliankitchen
J ~  Jelly Roll~ KitchenLaw
K ~ Kahlua Zucchini Chocolate Chunk Bread ~DyingforChocolate
L ~ Lemon Lavender Cupcakes-Art of Natural Living
M ~ Meringue Roulade with Raspberries ~CanelaKitchen
N ~ Nutella Rice Pudding~ RumblingTummy
O ~ Old-Time Favorite Iced Red Bean Popsicles~SimplyBeautifulHealthyLiving 
P ~ Pickles~ Sidewalkshoes
Q ~ and my Quinoa Blueberry Mango Salad


  1. Beautiful! They look so perfect and that dish is extremely mouthwatering.

  2. Hi Kathy!

    You've really out done yourself this time Kathy! Just look at that gorgeous Quinoa Blueberry Mango Salad! I will absolutely be setting up my blanket near yours.

    My grandkids are coming for a visit this Summer also. As you can imagine, I am thrilled!!! They don't come often but when they do, we try to make as many memories as possible. We'll be doing the Crayola Factory too, again, lol...Who knows, we may even make this beautiful salad of yours Kathy. When I was in Idaho, I introduced the kids to Quino and they LOVE the stuff!

    Thank you so much for "playing" the Picnic Game, Kathy. It is going to be a wonderful Picnic, I can feel it in my bone, lol...

  3. Dear Kathy, That does look like it would be a hit at a picnic. I wish we could all get together and enjoy these wonderful dishes. Blessings dear. Catherine

  4. Look amazing Kathy I love this for the picnic!!

  5. What a wonderful salad Kathy. I know it would be one of the first things to disappear at any picnic or potluck!

  6. How fun! This looks fantastic for any picnic.

  7. Hi Kathy, what a yummy and healthy salad. Would love to sit beside you at the picnic. See you there and cheers :)

  8. We are huge fans of quinoa. This is a fantastic picnic salad, Kathy.

  9. I have never had quinoa before and yours looks delicious! I'll definitely be coming over to your blanket at the picnic!

  10. This looks great! Perfect for a picnic or just a general summer side dish! Looks like lots of good eating at the picnic this year!

  11. Beautiful, healthy, and fresh! Wish I were there! ~ David

  12. Can I have two servings of this please. Thanks for having me at the picnic.

  13. Salad with a touch of sweetness. Well done!

  14. Hi Kathy , amazing salad save a place on your blanket , nice meeting you and see you at the picnic :)

  15. I can't believe I missed this salad! At least it has been bookmarked now :D

    Choc Chip Uru

  16. What a gorgeous looking salad Kathy - perfect for a summer picnic.