mango and onion quinoa salad

by Kristina Sloggett

in Dinner, Gluten Free, Vegan

The weather is warm and the fresh summer flavors are here again!

We have already enjoyed this salad a couple times this season, a bright and colorful favorite that is flavorful and filling. My favorite salty marcona almonds with sweet mango and red onion blend perfectly. Each time I make this I am in bliss over the flavors!

Since this is made from many of my favorite ingredients, I wanted to share with one of my favorite bloggers – Kris Beal! She has a brand new makeover on her blog – it looks awesome – and she recently asked me to guest post. I always consider it a compliment to guest post on another blog, and in this case I was very excited to do so!

Kris is super fun – she makes me laugh with her stories, is very wise and inspirational, and a friend I know I could spend all day talking and laughing with.

Head on over to visit Kris and read my guest post!

What flavors make you think of summer?

{ 64 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga June 16, 2011 at 6:27 am

Kris this salad looks sooo good! I love mango and edamame…I bet I would adore this (But i’d hold the onions just b/c I am that way…haha) :)


2 spabettie June 16, 2011 at 6:36 am

that’s okay, Averie, it’s plenty flavorful without the onion! :) Happy Thursday!


3 Heather (Where's the Beach) June 16, 2011 at 6:33 am

Oh that looks incredible – so vibrant. Love the addition of the almonds for texture too. Thanks for sharing Kris’ blog link too. On my way there now.


4 spabettie June 16, 2011 at 6:36 am

Heather you will LOVE Kris! :) she is awesome fun.


5 Kris @Krazy_Kris June 16, 2011 at 4:42 pm

I’ve been trolling and we are now officially friends! I hope that’s ok 😉 So nice to meet you! And yes…. almonds make everything gourmet, right?


6 spabettie June 16, 2011 at 6:00 pm

yay! two of my favorites, Heather, meet Kris! Kris, this is Heather! 😀 I get inspiration and energy from each of you!!


7 Kris @Krazy_Kris June 16, 2011 at 6:39 am

SOOOOOO beautiful! Kristina you are so kind and generous – and you ALWAYS make me smile…. Did you know I come over here for a moodbooster? Just trolling and clicking always makes me smile – thanks again! xoxox


8 spabettie June 16, 2011 at 6:58 am

I did NOT know that until I read it this morning – that makes me smile big and *wave wave wave* my hands in the air! thank YOU, dear friend! XXO!


9 Meg June 16, 2011 at 7:05 am

Oh my goodness this looks perfect for summer :)

Gonna go check out Kris’ makeover 😀 Thanks for sharing!


10 spabettie June 16, 2011 at 9:53 am

thank YOU, Meg!


11 Kris @Krazy_Kris June 16, 2011 at 4:43 pm

Seriously – sweet and spicy and protein and crunchy and… and… and… it’s is such a perfect dish for me (aka the one who used to cry in the kitchen). No more crying – unless I’m a-chopping-onions 😀 Nice to meet you!


12 Susan (Oliepants) June 16, 2011 at 7:16 am

Honestly the look is perfect for summer and it’s pretty much as if I can taste the freshness – which again is perfect for a hot day. I could eat this for lunch – no doubt!!


13 spabettie June 16, 2011 at 9:50 am

hi Susan! this is THE perfect salad for summer… we eat it a lot!


14 Kris @Krazy_Kris June 16, 2011 at 4:44 pm

Aren’t the pix amazing? For me the color and flavors are POPPING out of the computer screen! I’ve got all the makings and will give it a whorl – but I’ll leave the photography to dear Kristina 😀


15 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) June 16, 2011 at 7:29 am

The salad looks and sounds amazing! I’m heading over to check out Kris’ blog now! Thanks for sharing!


16 spabettie June 16, 2011 at 9:49 am

you’re welcome – glad you’re going to visit, Kris is really fun, you will like her!


17 Kris @Krazy_Kris June 16, 2011 at 4:54 pm

Love your name LOL I used to call myself the Dairy Queen when I was nursing… uh… a “few” years back. I digress… So nice to meet you! I’ll be trolling and clicking around your blog soon. Thanks!


18 Holly @ The Runny Egg June 16, 2011 at 7:48 am

This looks so fresh and delicious! Once again, you made an adorable plate of food :)


19 spabettie June 16, 2011 at 9:49 am

thank you Holly 😀


20 Jessica @ Dairy Free Betty June 16, 2011 at 8:01 am

Ooooh the textures in this would be amazing!! :)


21 spabettie June 16, 2011 at 9:48 am

it is full of great texture and flavor… one of my favorites for summer…


22 cooking rookie June 16, 2011 at 10:09 am

Look at all these colors :-)


23 Kris @Krazy_Kris June 16, 2011 at 4:54 pm

ART! #nuffsaid


24 Kris @Krazy_Kris June 16, 2011 at 4:55 pm

PS I’m a cooking rookie too – YAY!


25 Dorry June 16, 2011 at 10:23 am

You know Billy and I love marcona almonds! We ate about 3 pounds last September/October traveling around Italy and Spain. I’d have to 86 the onions (can’t stand them!) but I know I’d enjoy this combo.


26 Kris @Krazy_Kris June 16, 2011 at 4:59 pm

I’ve never had a marcona almond – didn’t even know what they were! But I’m gonna discover them this weekend with this beauty :) mmmmmmm


27 Heather @ girlyeverafter June 16, 2011 at 10:36 am

Love the colors! I’ve been adding edamame to a lot of my spring/summer salads and it’s the perfect light meal on super hot days.


28 Kris @Krazy_Kris June 16, 2011 at 4:55 pm

Colors are UNBELIEVABLE! I’m new to edimame – gonna bust ’em out this weekend with the mango – woot!


29 Joyce Cherrier June 16, 2011 at 12:58 pm

Looks so yummy! Love your fun recipes! And speaking of yummy & fun — I adore me some Kris too! I think you both are such treasures ( p.s. I’m often a lurker also 😉


30 spabettie June 16, 2011 at 1:23 pm

aw, Joyce! you are so sweet and hearing that makes me Smile Big! also, I think of you every time I do my ab work on my machine!! 😀


31 Kris @Krazy_Kris June 16, 2011 at 4:58 pm

Awwww – no surprise you lurk around happy joyful places my friend! You KNOW we adore you too! hugs!


32 Joyce Cherrier June 16, 2011 at 1:25 pm

Oh yay!!! 😀


33 Kath (My Funny Little Life) June 16, 2011 at 2:09 pm

Aww, this is soooooooooo pretty! 😀 And now I need to confess something: I bought a bag of quinoa the other day. Yes, the last time I tried it, I found it terrible, but perhaps I didn’t scrub it enough before cooking? It was so bitter, and if this bitterness was due to my lack of scrubbing, I couldn’t live with the thought I hadn’t given it a second chance. :)


34 spabettie June 16, 2011 at 2:16 pm

Kath, I hope that is it… generally I put the dry quinoa into my mesh strainer and set it to rinse under the faucet, just letting it run (warm water, then cold) for at least a few minutes. some brands / types may need more? I have heard people actually soak their quinoa for a bit before cooking – perhaps try this? soak for a bit, then also rinse?

I hope that works, quinoa is not meant to be bitter, but can be if not scrubbed enough :)

hope all is great, my friend – Basil wags and wiggles hello!


35 Kath (My Funny Little Life) June 16, 2011 at 2:58 pm

*wiggle wiggle* (Imagine I just used my ears or so. ;))

I’ll let you know about the quinoa as soon as I’ve tried! I’ll definitely do the soaking and washing!


36 Kris @Krazy_Kris June 16, 2011 at 5:01 pm

Ooooooh – very good to know! This is SOOOOOO much better than the cooking channel 😉


37 Kath (My Funny Little Life) June 16, 2011 at 5:42 pm

Hehehe! Even better than this one?


38 Stephanie @ June 16, 2011 at 3:59 pm

Ooh! I’ve had something similar, only minus the quinoa and served as a mango salsa on tofu. YUM. Looks great!


39 Kris @Krazy_Kris June 16, 2011 at 5:03 pm

Note to self: rediscover tofu.


40 Angela June 16, 2011 at 4:56 pm

I love how we both blogged about quinoa-bean salads today! But honestly, that’s such a good base to start from… all that protein. Yum! I like how you added almonds too for a bit of crunch and even more nutrition. Will be making this when the mangoes are back in season!


41 Kris @Krazy_Kris June 16, 2011 at 5:04 pm

Oh my! Great minds, eh? I must go check it out – I sooooooo love learning what the “real” cooking experts are doing **I dream someday of getting better in the kitchen**


42 spabettie June 16, 2011 at 5:58 pm

yes, the almonds are a perfect crunch and great flavor… oh, and that nutrition thing too 😉


43 Christin@purplebirdblog June 16, 2011 at 5:04 pm

So what’s the deal with the marcona almonds? I’ve been hearing about them but I’ve never had them… tell me why they are so awesome! 😀


44 spabettie June 16, 2011 at 5:52 pm

Mmm, so awesome are marcona almonds. (so much so, they make me talk like Yoda in my head??) Marcona almonds are Spanish almonds, just a different type and they are salty and delicious.


45 Kris @Krazy_Kris June 16, 2011 at 5:53 pm

YES! Tell us!


46 Jenn L @ Peas and Crayons June 16, 2011 at 7:26 pm

oooh yes a good summer combo fo. sho. I dont like cutting mangos — come slice mine? Kthx!


47 spabettie June 16, 2011 at 7:36 pm

haa… oh, Jenn, I’m not good at it either! I’ve been eating many mangoes lately, so I am getting better… and this one was a small pit or something, it was easy! :)


48 sophia June 16, 2011 at 7:50 pm

This can also be a Christmas dish because of that lovely colors. :-)

Grape tomatoes and zucchini makes me think of summer!


49 Sayward June 16, 2011 at 9:29 pm

Lord, that’s lovely photography! Also, Marcona almonds, wow, I bet this tastes divine. Bookmarked!


50 spabettie June 17, 2011 at 6:57 am

thank you, Sayward… this really is one of our favorites, the flavors go well together and yep, those almonds… 😀

Happy Friday to you all!


51 Sayward June 17, 2011 at 8:45 am

I was at Whole Foods last weekend and saw Marcona almond *butter* for the first time. Have you seen that stuff? I can’t even imagine the amazingness . . .


52 spabettie June 17, 2011 at 9:25 am

WHAAAT?? okay, I am going there TODAY. I need this. do you remember the brand?


53 Sayward June 17, 2011 at 1:22 pm

DOn’t know the brand but there was only one. Downtown WF, in with the other nut butters. Let me know if you get it and how you like it!

54 Michele @ Healthy Cultivations June 25, 2011 at 4:25 pm

This salad looks WONDERFUL… even better than something I’d pay $8.99 per pound for at WF. :)


55 spabettie June 25, 2011 at 8:14 pm

oh, wow, Michele, now THAT is a compliment – thank you! 😀


56 Mike July 8, 2011 at 7:07 am

This recipe looks unbelievable, I’m gonna try it really soon.
I recently wrote an article on the health benefits of quinoa, check it out.


Mike @TheIronYou


57 Edith December 4, 2011 at 3:31 pm

it is summertime here, and this salad looks like it will be a perfect lunch! gorgeous colors!


58 Donna December 30, 2011 at 10:33 pm

now this is a salad I can get on board with – I bet it DOES taste like summer!! thanks for a recipe, I can’t wait to make this.


59 Jackson February 15, 2012 at 3:05 pm

my new favorite salad! this time of year I used frozen stuff, but it still tastes fresh like summer!


60 spabettie February 17, 2012 at 1:46 pm

I know, this is generally a summer salad so I can make it fresh, but it is still SO good even with the frozen, right? I do that in the winter too… happy you like it!


61 spabettie June 16, 2011 at 5:51 pm


oh, Kath!! this is THE most awesome video!! 😀 I love the dog narration, and Jason started imitating him, adding more ingredients… to the batter.


62 Kath (My Funny Little Life) June 17, 2011 at 3:02 am

I love that show, it’s too funny! 😀 There’s a whole series about different Japanese dishes (look for “cooking with dog” on YouTube), and in almost every vid they have Chopin’s minute waltz in the background. 😀 In one they also had the black keys etude. 😀 😀


63 spabettie June 17, 2011 at 6:56 am

oh, my – I need to find those. Jason and I were both cracking up! that dog is crazy funny. thank you for sharing <3


64 spabettie June 17, 2011 at 5:21 pm

didn’t have time to get there today… I will as soon as I can, and will report back!! 😀 have a great weekend!


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