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Posted: Friday, May. 09, 2014

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Originally from England, Sarah Ryberg has lived in Charlotte for the last 12 years and is a graduate of UNC Charlotte. After two whirlwind weddings - one in Charlotte and another in her homeland - Sarah is settling into married life and learning what it takes to be a Mrs. You can reach Sarah at sarahmryberg@yahoo.com

While it may not be summer time yet, the warmer weather is finally arriving, and with the temperatures rising you may be looking for lighter, fresher meals. I know I was, which is why I’m loving this Strawberry and Basil Quinoa Salad. Drizzled with honey and lemon juice, it’s the perfect blend of summer ingredients and gives you a light, refreshing taste for those hotter days.

The original recipe comes from Edible Perspective and includes slices of watermelon (another summer favorite). I made the recipe my own and I am including the steps for you to make this delicious meal here. Bon Appetit!

Strawberry and Basil Quinoa Salad

Recipe serves 2


1 cup of quinoa
Drizzle of honey
Juice of half a lemon
Sliced strawberries
2 tbsp of chopped, fresh basil
Crumbled goat cheese


Cook the quinoa until transparent and the outer loops are loose.

While the quinoa is cooking, chop as many strawberries as desired into smaller pieces. This is a good time to chop your basil as well.

When the quinoa is full cooked, pour into a bowl and mix with your strawberries and basil. Once mixed, place onto a plate.

Top with goat’s cheese and drizzle with honey. Split the lemon juice between two plates and drizzle on each.

Voila! You’re ready to enjoy.

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