The folks who promote California strawberries sponsored a national cook-off for kids and challenged them to come up with a quick creative recipe. A 12-year-old from Maryland took the prize for this grain salad, which the cook-off judge, a former MasterChef Junior winner himself, proclaimed easy, healthy and, of course most important, delicious.

Adapted by EatingWell Test Kitchen
Source: EatingWell Magazine, April 2020


Recipe Summary

20 mins
40 mins


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Combine water, quinoa and 1/4 teaspoon salt in a large saucepan. Bring to a simmer over high heat. Reduce heat to maintain a simmer, cover and cook until the quinoa is tender and the water is absorbed, 12 to 15 minutes. Let cool for 15 minutes.

  • Meanwhile, whisk lemon juice, oil, maple syrup, pepper and the remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt in a large bowl.

  • Add the cooked quinoa, strawberries, basil and feta to the dressing; stir to combine.

Nutrition Facts

247 calories; protein 6.2g 13% DV; carbohydrates 25.9g 8% DV; exchange other carbs 1.5; dietary fiber 3.1g 13% DV; sugars 4.5g; fat 13.4g 21% DV; saturated fat 2.9g 15% DV; cholesterol 8.3mg 3% DV; vitamin a iu 189.6IU 4% DV; vitamin c 28.8mg 48% DV; folate 75.4mcg 19% DV; calcium 77.8mg 8% DV; iron 1.8mg 10% DV; magnesium 73.6mg 26% DV; potassium 272mg 8% DV; sodium 309.1mg 12% DV; added sugar 1g.