Food Blogger Brunch at Whole Foods, Orlando (FL) & Quinoa Breakfast Salad Recipe

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I would like to specially thank Whole Foods of Orlando (FL) for organizing an awesome brunch for Food Forum conference participants. It was a great chance to meet families of all bloggers and get to know each other better. The food was amazing - healthy and at the same time sophisticated.
Thank you again!

Brunch 5 Lamp Menu Brunch 1
Smoked Trout Mousse with Caviar

Brunch 10 Brunch 2
Key Lime Shrimp

Quinoa Breakfast Salad

Brunch 7
Provencal Salad - Beyond Meat

Brunch 9
Mason Jar Parfaits, Dairy or Non Dairy

On the left Lindsay Landis, author of "Breakfast for Dinner" cookbook

Gulia Daniel Brunch 8

Quinoa Breakfast Salad Recipe - I think the original recipe did not have cilantro and mint, but I like herbs in my salad, they make my breakfast more tasty and refreshing.


  • 1 cup regular quinoa or red quinoa
  • 2 cups water for cooking quinoa 
  • 1 mango, peeled and diced
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries
  • 1/3 medium papaya, peeled, seeded and diced
  • 1/3 small bunch cilantro, chopped
  • 1/3 small bunch mint, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp. honey, real maple syrup, agave nectar - optional sweeteners 
  • macro greens for serving


Rinse quinoa very well, drain and transfer to a medium pot. Add 2 cups water and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to medium low and simmer, about 15 to 20 minutes. Set aside. Transfer to a bowl, fluff with a fork and let it cool.

Mix quinoa with fruits, herbs, honey, pinch of salt and lemon juice. Top with macro greens and serve immediately.

Inspired by Whole Foods Recipe


Eric Pepple said...
May 23, 2013 at 1:06 PM  

Ugghhh I am sooo jealous! Looks like you had an absolute blast :)

Happy Blogging!
Happy Valley Chow

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...
May 23, 2013 at 1:08 PM  

What great food! That salad looks and sounds scrumptious.



Yelena Strokin said...
May 23, 2013 at 1:15 PM  

Thank you guys, I wish you were there with me!

Marina said...
May 23, 2013 at 3:27 PM  

Wow, I just commented on a post and got yet a new notification of another post! Great job reporting us from the Food Festival. I love WF, and can't wait to live in the area with a store nearby. :)

Yelena Strokin said...
May 23, 2013 at 3:38 PM  

Thank you Marinochka! Whole Foods is a very good store, we have one like 20 min from our house. They did amazing job, preparing that brunch for us. Plus many gifts-))

Nami | Just One Cookbook said...
May 31, 2013 at 12:36 AM  

Yelena, I wish I was there! Thanks for sharing the pictures with us. Your family seemed like they had a great time too! :)

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