A salad for Mrs. Dubrow

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Summer salads are best served chilled with a cold beer am I right? 

Or wine if you’re too fancy for B minus.  Or champagne if you’re Heather Dubrow.  <— yep, I’m getting my Real Housewives fix on bravotv.com

For the record, I’m not hating on Mrs. Dubrow.  I happen to love the bubbly myself.  And even though she’s nicknamed “fancy pants”, I bet you she’d like this salad.  But I digress.  You’re here for food not my take on D-list celebs.


I don’t know what the heck to call this dish since every ingredient shares in the spotlight equally.  How do I decide which is more worthy than the other?  Don’t worry, these things don’t keep me up at night, they just prove the fact that I’m never going to be a professional food blogger.  Cause we all thought that was happening… [sarcasm alert]

Creamy Strawberry Basil Quinoa Salad [vegetarian, FODMAPs friendly, gluten free]


  • 1 1/2 cups (uncooked) quinoa, cooked and cooled (I used my rice cooker)
  • 1/3 cup vegan mayo (I used Nasoya whipped nayonaise)
  • 1 large lime, juiced and zested (approx 2-3 tbsp lime juice)
  • 1 small handful basil leaves, chopped (somewhere between roughly and finely chopped)
  • 1/2 pint strawberries, sliced
  • 2 ears of (raw) corn on the cob
  • 1/2 cup slivered almonds
  • 4 oz. goat cheese
  • 1/2 tsp salt


Cook quinoa in water and let it cool.  [If you’re using a rice cooker, remember that a rice cooker cup is actually 3/4 cups, so use 2 of those cups and then fill the water to the indicated line for 2 cups.]

In a large serving bowl, combine lime juice, zest, mayo, and chopped basil. 

Add in strawberries and corn and mix.  Then add in quinoa and mix.  Next add in almonds and mix.  Finally top with goat cheese and salt.  Toss salad and serve.

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This would be such a fabulous thing to bring to a summer picnic.  Or a 4th of July party.  It’s filling enough as the main dish (which is how we had it), but could easily be a side dish if you want. 



This is a very flexible and forgiving recipe, so feel free to sub as you want based on what you have in the kitchen. 

No almonds?  Use pecans! 

No strawberries?  [sucks for you, but] Use peaches! 

No quinoa?  Use farro, millet, or couscous! 

Grilled corn will work too, but there’s something so amazing about the fresh crispy crunch of raw corn. 

To make it vegan, just nix the goat cheese and add avocado instead.


Now go get a beer.  Or whatever cocktail your heart desires.  A Moscow mule perhaps? 

Happy summer. 🙂

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Comments (19)

  1. Sophie

    This looks so so yummy! Goats cheese makes everything good, not 100% sure how much of it my ibs can take but this is worth it.

    Happy summer to you too!

  2. Courtney

    I am so uncool and out of the loop I have no idea who Mrs Dubrow is. Until you mentioned that she was on a reality TV show I thought you might be making a salad for your neighbor or something, lol 🙂


  3. Katie

    champagne is my fave. My whole life is like…anti-fancy, but champagne…yes please. Always.

    Also, this salad. Yes, please. Always.

  4. Meg

    Haha same. When I read the title, I thought it might be a lemony salad from your neighbor who gave you lemons.

  5. Dana @ Vanishing Veggie

    yum! i am trying to make up a peach quinoa summer salad right now, and this is perfect inspiration!

  6. Mandy @ The Running Herbivore

    Haha I love the Real Housewives, pure entertainment!

    That salad looks delicious, I love the avocado option too! Definitely giving this a try!

  7. Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl

    Haha, I am loving the RHOC reference! That show is definitely one of my guilty pleasures!

  8. Nicole @ FruitnFitness

    This salad sounds amazing! I love all of the ingredients in this salad. Raw corn on the cob is strangely one of my favorite summer treats! I don’t like mayo so I wonder if it would work with Greek yogurt?

  9. CAIT

    you mean champs! 😉 lol

  10. Ttrockwood

    I have to say that the fact you are not and (i dont think) you aspire to become a professional food blogger is a huge part of the appeal and success of your blog!
    Altho i don’t follow real housewives i do enjoy trader joe’s amazing $8 bottle of prosecco. At least when i’m buying 😉
    The salad looks so amazing- love the raw corn and almonds in there!

  11. Emily

    This looks SO good. I’ve been alllll about cold salads and salads with fruit lately. Perfect for summer! And I’ve been incorporating goat or feta cheese into everything!

  12. Sara @ sarasmiles

    Ha you crack me up. You’re very refreshing to read. I would definitely go get a beer right now but it’s 8 in the morning and my boss frowns upon drinking on the job.

  13. Heidi

    Just wanted to tell you that I made this for lunch yesterday and it was DELICIOUS.

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  15. Elise (Post author)

    well done TJs. i have to get on that!

  16. Elise (Post author)

    exactly! 🙂

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  18. Marie

    I think Heather is my fav 🙂 champs of b- work for me tho!

    Salad looks delish!

  19. Elise (Post author)

    shes def the best housewife.

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