[dropcap]D[/dropcap]ear Spring, I love you. I love you because you give me renewed energy and bring warmth and color to my days. 

I captured these elements in a lovely spicy-sweet lunch salad;

  • Raspberries, figs and lemon for color
  • Red pepper for warmth
  • Maple syrup and red quinoa for energy


Red quinoa fig salad with raspberries, lime and pumpkin


Health benefits of quinoa
Not familiar with quinoa yet? Quinoa is a grain-like seed from a leafy plant. When cooked, the texture is quite similar to couscous, but with a nutty flavor.

Quinoa is gluten free, making it suitable for coeliac patients. Quinoa also has a lower impact on your blood sugar level than grains. There’s more though: quinoa is fiber- and protein-rich and contain phosphorus, magnesium and iron, which makes it a valuable food to add to your diet.


Red quinoa
There are different kinds of colors of quinoa, like white, black and red. I chose to use red quinoa because it keeps it shape better after cooking, which makes it more suitable for cold salads. Furthermore, red quinoa is slightly lower in total fat, higher in fiber, protein, vitamin E, riboflavin and folate in comparison to other quinoa’s.


Uses of quinoa
Make sure to wash quinoa well before use. After that, you can use it quinoa in many ways, for instance as a substitute for oats or even use it as a healthier option for rice in sushi spring rolls


Cold fruit salad
Or use it the way I did, as a cold fruit salad! After cooking the quinoa, I’ve set it aside to cool down and than added a bunch or fruits and seeds that I had to finish. These add-ins were:

  • raspberries
  • lime juice
  • figs
  • pumpkin seeds
  • red pepper


So delicious! 

Ready to give it a try? Scroll down for the recipe.


Red quinoa fig salad with raspberries, lime and pumpkin seeds


Red Quinoa Fruit Salad with Figs and Raspberries
Serves 2
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
15 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
15 min
310 calories
61 g
0 g
5 g
9 g
1 g
363 g
85 g
20 g
0 g
4 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 310
Calories from Fat 43
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 5g
Saturated Fat 1g
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 3g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 0mg
Sodium 85mg
Total Carbohydrates 61g
Dietary Fiber 12g
Sugars 20g
Protein 9g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  1. 1/2 cup quinoa
  2. 1 cup water
  3. 1 cm chili pepper, very finely chopped
  4. 1 cup raspberries (150 gr.)
  5. 4 fresh figs, finely chopped
  6. juice of 1/4 of a lime
  7. 0.3 teaspoon agave syrup
  8. pinch of sea salt
  9. 0.25 cup pumpkin seeds
  1. Wash and drain the quinoa.
  2. Boil the quinoa for 15 minutes and drain.
  3. Add the agave syrup, salt, red pepper and lime juice and set aside to cool down.
  4. Minutes before serving, add the pumpkin seeds and raspberries and give it a gentle stir to mix the ingredients.
  5. Enjoy!
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