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:
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