Sweet and Spicy Quinoa Fruit Salad

Full of protein packed quinoa, orange bell pepper and roasted mango and peaches, this Sweet and Spicy Quinoa Fruit Salad is like an escape to a tropical island.  A bit of sweet heat and a sprinkling of toasted coconut finish this salad that’s perfect to bring to your next get together.

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It’s been hot this week.  Like almost 90 degrees mid-May in Ohio hot.  If you don’t know me well, I’ll be the first to tell you I get a bit disgruntled when the weather gets above 75.  I do not like being hot.  I do not like being out in the sun.  Bah humbug to me, right?  So when trying to figure out a side dish to serve for dinner earlier this week, I was trying to think of something that wouldn’t heat up the house any more than it already was and that I could maker earlier in the day and then serve from the fridge.

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And, bingo!  This Sweet and Spicy Quinoa Fruit Salad met all of my criteria.  Full of protein packed quinoa, orange bell pepper and roasted mango and peaches, this salad is like an escape to a tropical island.  But a cool, tropical island.  Everything is tossed in Robert Rothschild Farm’s Peach Mango Coconut Habanero Sauce which provides a sweet heat.  The kind of heat I like!  The finishing touch?  A sprinkling of toasted coconut.

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I made this while my youngest two were eating lunch and then let the flavors come together in the fridge for a couple of hours before serving it at dinner.  Warm or cold, side or main dish, this salad is a winner!

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Sweet and Spicy Quinoa Fruit Salad
 
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Serves: 6 cups
Ingredients
  • 16 ounces frozen mango
  • 16 ounces frozen peaches
  • 1 cup cooked quinoa
  • 2 tablespoons Robert Rothschild Farm Peach Mango Coconut Habanero Sauce
  • 1 orange, red or yellow bell pepper, large diced
  • 1 cup coconut, toasted
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. On a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a silicone mat, spread mango and peaches into a single layer.
  3. Roast for 30-40 minutes or until beginning to caramelize.
  4. In a large bowl, add fruit, quinoa, Robert Rothschild Farm Peach Mango Coconut Habanero Sauce, pepper and ¾ cup toasted coconut. Lightly toss together. Serve immediately or store in refrigerator until ready to serve.
  5. Before serving, sprinkle salad with remaining toasted coconut.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 cup

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This would be a great salad to bring to a potluck or your next get together with friends as it doesn’t need to stay in the fridge and can be served at room temperature.  Believe me, I don’t think any of your neighbors will be bringing this fruit salad to your block party! 

But they should!

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To celebrate the upcoming release of their new catalog – of which this recipe will be featured! – the amazing people at Robert Rothschild Farm (Seriously you guys, love them.  Love them, love their products.) are allowing me to host a giveaway the eight products I’ll be featuring in recipes through the rest of the month.

These are the awesome products that are up for grabs:

See the box below for your chance to win.

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I was compensated by Robert Rothschild Farm to create a recipe featuring their product.  As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.  Thank you for supporting this sponsor that allows me the opportunity to create content, such as this, for Melanie Makes.

Comments

  1. Jennifer C says:

    The Buffalo Blue Cheese Dip sounds yummy!

  2. Would love to try any and all of these.

  3. oooooh I would totally go for the artichoke and parmesan spread!
    Trish

  4. LaurieJ says:

    I would definitely try the Peach Mango Coconut Habanero Sauce first because I really want to try the recipe in this blog post – peach, mango, coconut, sweet with some zing, how can you go wrong?!

  5. This sounds amazing, Melanie. :) I love the flavors in this! I am not going to lie- I am really hoping I win this giveaway. ;)

  6. The onion spread for sure :) And what an awesome recipe Melanie!! Love the sweet and spicy combo! Pinned!

  7. Umm….all the sauces please! :) Summer is for sauce, right? The Mr. is allergic to mango, so it looks like this salad will be all for me! Oh darn.

  8. I hate the heat like you. And I don’t want to cook anything that would raise the temperature as well. This salad sounds wonderful. I love quinoa so I would very gladly eat it everyday as a side or even a main!

  9. Lisa Moody says:

    A cold plate lunch &/or dinner is always welcome on the hot days! I would love to try any of these products, but the first to tickle my taste imagination was the hot pepper peach preserves. My mind said, hmmm a biscuit with ham and hot pepper peach preserves would be magnificent… But maybe its just morning and I haven’t had breakfast yet….. Thanks for the wonderful recipes!

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