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Asian Quinoa Salad

Asian Quinoa Salad Recipe on A quick and healthy salad that is full of flavor!

I’m kind of obsessed with quinoa salads. I can’t get enough. A few quinoa salads I love include: Greek Quinoa Salad, Quinoa Fruit Salad, Quinoa Salad with Mango, Avocado, & Tomatoes, and Quinoa Salad with Asparagus, Peas, Avocado, & Lemon Basil Dressing.

Last week I was in the mood for a quinoa salad, but wanted to try something new, so I mixed up an Asian Quinoa Salad and my oh my it’s amazing! This one tops the charts! You’ve gotta try it!

Asian Quinoa Salad Recipe on

I love this salad because it’s tasty and healthy, but I also love it because it’s pretty! I love all of the bright colors. The salad has red cabbage, edamame, carrots, red pepper, cucumbers, and cilantro. Eating the rainbow has never been so delicious! And if you need to clean out your vegetable drawer, feel free to throw in other veggies too! This salad is flexible.

Asian Quinoa Salad-find the recipe on

I made a simple ginger soy dressing with sesame oil, rice wine vinegar, green onion, and sesame seeds. If you need the salad to be gluten-free make sure you use tamari instead of soy sauce because not all soy sauce is gluten-free. Just a little FYI:)

Asian Quinoa Salad-find the recipe on This healthy salad is always a hit!

This Asian Quinoa Salad is fresh, light, and perfect for a simple lunch or dinner. This salad is great for entertaining because it can be made in advance and it’s gluten-free, vegan, and vegetarian. I love having options for all of guests. And our little pea loved this salad too! Caleb kept picking out edamame and yelling “Ed-mommy!” This salad was a hit with the entire family.

If you are looking for a new way to cook up quinoa, try this Asian Quinoa Salad. It is my new favorite and I think you will like it too!

Asian Quinoa Salad Recipe on My favorite quinoa salad!  

Asian Quinoa Salad

Yield: Serves 4

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

This bright and healthy Asian Quinoa Salad is great for an easy lunch or dinner. It is also great to take to parties! It is always a hit!


1 cup quinoa
2 cups water
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup chopped red cabbage
1 cup shelled and cooked edamame
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1/2 cup shredded carrots
1 cup diced cucumber

For the dressing:
1/4 cup lite soy sauce or tamari sauce
1 tablespoon sesame oil
1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
2 tablespoons chopped green onion
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
1 tablespoon sesame seeds
1/4 teaspoon grated ginger
1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes
Salt and black pepper, to taste


1. Add water, quinoa, and salt to a medium saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat. Boil for 5 minutes. Turn the heat to low and simmer for about 15 minutes, or until water is absorbed. Remove from heat and fluff with a fork.

2. Place the quinoa in a large bowl and add the cabbage, edamame, red pepper, carrots, and cucumber. Set aside.

3. In a small bowl, whisk together the soy sauce, sesame oil, rice wine vinegar, green onions, cilantro, sesame seeds, ginger, red pepper flakes, salt, and pepper.

4. Pour the dressing over the quinoa salad and stir to combine.

Note-Make sure you use tamari for a gluten-free salad, not all soy sauce is gluten-free. This salad is good served at room temperature or chilled.

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213 Responses to “Asian Quinoa Salad”

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  1. lisatberry — June 17, 2013 @ 6:12 am

    This looks so good..I love edamame

  2. Erica — June 17, 2013 @ 6:39 am

    It is so bright and pretty! I made an Asian broccoli slaw with a similar dressing this weekend. Love those Asian flavors!!

  3. I’m loving all of those happy colors!

  4. WOW…this is stunning! So bright and colorful. And so healthy! I’m always looking for super healthy options and this is a great one. I’m glad your so obsessed with quinoa! 😀

  5. Shaina — June 17, 2013 @ 8:11 am

    I love quinoa salads, too! I had almost this exact salad as my side dish at Bonefish Grill last night. It was delicious and all I kept thinking was that I need to recreate it at home!

  6. Master Chefette — June 17, 2013 @ 8:24 am

    I have had a bag of quinoa sitting in my pantry for the past few months, not knowing what to do with it! Well I think I’ve come to the right place! That looks awesome!

  7. Marie @ Little Kitchie — June 17, 2013 @ 8:25 am

    I can’t get enough quinoa salads right now! This one is so colorful and perfect for a summer meal!

  8. Tieghan — June 17, 2013 @ 8:27 am

    All these colors and flavors! Yum, my favorite! Oh and quinoa salads are a good obsession. Especially when they come out like the ones you have been posting!

  9. Christy@SweetandSavoring — June 17, 2013 @ 9:00 am

    This looks like it would be nice and satisfying- photogenic colors make it even better!

  10. Kirsten@FarmFreshFeasts — June 17, 2013 @ 9:26 am

    Your salad is so colorful! As much as I enjoy getting my veggies from the CSA farm share, at this time of year the predominant color in the crisper is green. Very, very green.
    I can’t wait until later in the summer, when I can truly clean out my veggie drawers and make this properly.


  11. Heather — June 17, 2013 @ 9:30 am

    Girl, I swear you have the most colorful and YUMMY looking food on the internet – I am definitely pinning this for dinner next week!

  12. Julie @ Table for Two — June 17, 2013 @ 9:41 am

    I LOVE how vibrant and gorgeous the colors of this salad are! You could make ANYONE eat this! :)

  13. Heather Christo — June 17, 2013 @ 9:43 am

    Maria- this is incredible. Like, jaw dropping pretty!!

  14. Jenny Flake — June 17, 2013 @ 9:52 am

    What a gorgeous colorful salad! So pretty!!

  15. Jeanette — June 17, 2013 @ 10:02 am

    Love all the vibrant colors in your quinoa salad + the Asian flavors!

  16. Gaby — June 17, 2013 @ 10:06 am

    love how bright and colorful and flavorful this one looks!

  17. marcie@flavorthemoments — June 17, 2013 @ 10:09 am

    This salad is so colorful and gorgeous!

  18. Gorgeous salad, Maria!

  19. Liz — June 17, 2013 @ 10:17 am

    My kind of salad – healthy. Thank you and have a great day!

  20. Barbara @ Barbara Bakes — June 17, 2013 @ 10:18 am

    Love how colorful this salad is.

  21. Absolutely gorgeous, and so nutritious! Definitely saving this to try soon. Thanks, Maria!

  22. Meagan @ A Zesty Bite — June 17, 2013 @ 10:44 am

    Such a vibrant and beautiful salad.

  23. Cookin Canuck — June 17, 2013 @ 10:47 am

    What beautiful colors, Maria! This is exactly the sort of recipe that would make anyone fall in love with quinoa.

  24. Sues — June 17, 2013 @ 10:54 am

    Love this one!! I could eat a different quinoa salad every day :)

  25. cassie — June 17, 2013 @ 11:03 am

    Adore this one, Maria!

  26. Cate @ Chez CateyLou — June 17, 2013 @ 11:24 am

    I just pinned this to make for dinner! It sounds delicious, and like the perfect quick weeknight meal! Caleb is so cute – ed-mommy!!

  27. Laura (Tutti Dolci) — June 17, 2013 @ 11:34 am

    Beautiful salad, love the Asian flavors!

  28. I absolutely love quinoa! But I have never had it in a salad. I so need to try this!

  29. Gorgeous! I am jazz hands excited to make this salad!

  30. Marian (Sweetopia) — June 17, 2013 @ 12:11 pm

    So colorful, beautiful, good-for-you, and I’ll bet, so delicious!

  31. Cathy Pollak ~ Noble Pig — June 17, 2013 @ 12:27 pm

    Oh wow. I love quinoa too but the husband does not. He wants meat..all the time. My boys were gone all day fishing and I sat around eating quinoa and watching HGTV..I kid you not. It was awesome.

  32. Danelle — June 17, 2013 @ 12:29 pm

    I share your quinoa salad obsession! And I kind of love edamame too. :) Can’t wait to try this one!

  33. Love edamame so I’m happy to see it listed here! This looks so fresh and summery.

  34. Cookbook Queen — June 17, 2013 @ 12:34 pm

    This is absolutely BEAUTIFUL!! So bright and colorful.

  35. ashley - Baker by Nature — June 17, 2013 @ 12:55 pm

    This is GORGEOUS Maria!!! I love how crunchy and full of texture it is. I want a bowl right now!

  36. nessa — June 17, 2013 @ 1:04 pm

    You can never have enough quinoa salads!

  37. Ken Jones — June 17, 2013 @ 1:17 pm

    I have to agree that this is one of the most colourful recipes for Quinoa that I have come across. How can you not like quinoa salad with a meal like this?

  38. marla — June 17, 2013 @ 4:05 pm

    Such a vibrant and beautiful quinoa salad!!

  39. Aimee — June 17, 2013 @ 4:39 pm

    Love these bright colors, Maria!

  40. Joanne — June 17, 2013 @ 5:34 pm

    I’m all about Asian flavors in my salads lately! This one is gorgeous and sounds majorly delicious.

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