Quinoa Salad with Pineapple,Mango and Avocado

by Erica Dinho on May 24, 2012

Quinoa Salad with Pineapple,Mango and Avocado

Quinoa, or quinua in Spanish, is a nutritious grain that is popular in South America. The cooking method is similar to rice, where the quinoa is simply simmered in water until the liquid is evaporated.

This Quinoa Salad with Pineapple and Avocado is great for picnics and potlucks, and it also makes a wonderful accompaniment to grilled pork, seafood or chicken.

Buen provecho!

Quinua or quinoa



(4-6 serving)


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 cups of quinoa
  • 4 cups of water
  • Salt


1 cup diced fresh pineapple
1 cup diced fresh mango
1 avocado, peeled and diced
1/2 cup of red onion, finely chopped
1/2 cup fresh cilantro, finely chopped
1 cup diced cucumber
Salt and pepper
Juice of 4 limes
1 tablespoon olive oil


  1. Wash the quinoa in a fine strainer. Place the water, salt and quinoa in a medium pot and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer until water is absorbed, about 20 minutes.
  2. In a medium bowl mix all the salad ingredients and set aside. Toss the cooked quinoa with the pineapple mixture and serve.
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{ 18 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking May 24, 2012 at 4:53 PM

What a beautiful salad this is, Erica! It’s so festive and colorful, and I bet absolutely delicious on its own, or with grilled meats. Thanks for sharing and thanks for stopping by my blog!


2 Belinda @zomppa May 24, 2012 at 7:30 PM

I love quinoa and always looking for ways to jazz it up – this certainly is one!


3 rosita vargas May 24, 2012 at 9:33 PM

oh…saludable y hermosa ensalada me agrada mucho,abrazos y abrazos.


4 jeannie May 24, 2012 at 10:17 PM

This looks delicious and healthy, I should try making dishes like this more often!


5 Carol @ Always Thyme to Cook May 24, 2012 at 11:49 PM

Great looking salad! I haven’t tried quinoa yet, this looks like a delicious way to use it.


6 Tatiana-QueCocinar May 25, 2012 at 9:16 AM

Adoro la quinoa, pero no la habia preparado con mango, ya la hare y te conatre…


7 rebecca May 25, 2012 at 10:56 AM

love this recipe and the use of avocado :-)


8 bakingismyzen May 25, 2012 at 12:13 PM

I’ve never had quinoa. Looks delicious!



9 TOM May 25, 2012 at 1:06 PM

Shouldn’t that be 4 cups water to 2 cups Quinoa?


10 Erica May 25, 2012 at 3:29 PM

Yes, thanks


11 Lyndsey May 26, 2012 at 9:17 AM

I like quinoa better cold in salads than hot as a side dish. I will definitely make this one soon!


12 Angie@Angie's Recipes May 26, 2012 at 1:32 PM

I am a huge fan of salads…all sorts of salads…your quinoa salad looks very tasty and packed with flavours and deliciouness.


13 Claudia May 26, 2012 at 9:05 PM

I am so loving your fresh recipes. We are big fans of quinoa here and it’s always fun to find a new way of prepping it. This is just grand!


14 Platanos, Mangoes and Me! May 29, 2012 at 9:46 AM

Great looking and good for you too!


15 Anne June 4, 2012 at 11:44 AM

What a delicious salad. I made it on saturday for a party and we all loved it. perfect balance of flavors.


16 Erica June 4, 2012 at 2:50 PM

Thank you guys for your comments and feedback!


17 The Mistress of Spices October 2, 2012 at 12:36 PM

I just happened to stumble onto your blog in looking for a quinoa salad recipe with fruit. Very nice space you have here! I will be a frequent visitor. Gracias!


18 Kalyani September 2, 2014 at 11:56 PM

Hi Erica – thanks for this recipe , it was a sellout success at home, especially this being my first ever quinoa dish. I have mentioned ur post as track back in my blog’s post.. Thanks a ton :-))

My link – http://www.sizzlingtastebuds.com/2014/09/colombian-quinoa-salad-with-avacado-and.html


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