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Quinoa Salad with Edamame, Cucumber and Avocado

Quinoa Salad with Edamame, Cucumber, and Avocado-I could eat this healthy salad every day! I love all of the green! 

Quinoa Salad with Edamame, Cucumber and Avocado Recipe on twopeasandtheirpod.com Love this healthy salad! #glutenfree #vegan

On Monday, I shared my latest dessert obsession, Toffee Ice Cream Brownie Bars. Today, I am sharing my latest salad obsession, Quinoa Salad with Edamame, Cucumber, and Avocado. It’s all about balance. If I eat this healthy quinoa salad for dinner, I can have a big Toffee Ice Cream Brownie Bar for dessert. I like the way I think:)

You really don’t have to twist my arm to eat this salad though. It may be healthy, but it is also delicious! I could eat this salad every day…ice cream or no ice cream!


Quinoa Salad with Edamame, Cucumber and Avocado Recipe on twopeasandtheirpod.com Love this healthy salad! #glutenfree #vegan #salad

We love making quinoa salads at our house and this one is a new favorite! My boys love it too…including the baby. He was doing jumping jacks after every bite:) I am glad he has good taste in food already!

Quinoa Salad with Edamame, Cucumber and Avocado Recipe on twopeasandtheirpod.com. A MUST make salad for summer! #salad #summer

I like to use black quinoa for this recipe because I like the contrast of black and green. It makes for a pretty salad:) I buy black quinoa at Whole Foods. You can also purchase it from Amazon. If you can’t find it or want to use regular quinoa that you already have in your cabinet, that is fine too! Regular quinoa will taste just as good!  Quinoa Salad with Edamame, Cucumber and Avocado Recipe on twopeasandtheirpod.com Love this gorgeous and healthy salad! #glutenfree #vegan #salad

The edamame, cucumber, avocado, green onion, and cilantro are the dream green team! I love all of the flavors and the bright green color is an added bonus. The simple Asian dressing is easy to whisk up and is the perfect finishing touch to this gorgeous salad!

This salad is best the day it is made, but I ate the leftovers the next day and it was still super tasty! The avocado browned a little, but not too bad. So if I was making this salad for a party or to serve for friends, I would make it the day of, but for just us, I am fine eating it the second day. Leftovers are my friend:) Just a little FYI!

Mix up your salad routine and make this Quinoa Salad with Edamame, Cucumber, and Avocado. It is sure to be a favorite at your house. And remember, it’s healthy so you can have ice cream for dessert:)

If you are looking for more quinoa salad recipes, here are a few of our favorite recipes! Enjoy!

Quinoa Salad with Edamame, Cucumber and Avocado Recipe on twopeasandtheirpod.com Love this gorgeous and healthy salad! #recipe #salad

Quinoa Salad with Edamame, Cucumber and Avocado

Yield: Serves 4-6

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Add this healthy quinoa salad to your must make list! It is a favorite at our house!

Ingredients:

For the Quinoa Salad:
1 cup black quinoa (or regular quinoa)
2 cups water
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups shelled and cooked edamame
1 medium seedless cucumber, peeled and chopped
2 ripe avocados, pitted, peeled, and chopped
2 green onions, chopped
3 tablespoons chopped cilantro
Salt and black pepper, to taste

For the Dressing:
4 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
1 1/2 tablespoons Tamari (or soy sauce)
1 tablespoon sesame oil
1 tablespoon lime juice
1/8 teaspoon grated fresh ginger

Directions:

1. First, rinse the quinoa. 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. Set aside to cool.

2. While the quinoa is cooling, make the dressing. In a small bowl, whisk together the rice wine vinegar, Tamari, sesame oil, lime juice, and fresh ginger.

3. In a large bowl, combine quinoa, edamame, avocado, green onions, and cilantro. Gently stir. Pour the dressing over the quinoa salad and stir to combine. Season with salt and black pepper, to taste. Serve at room temperature or chilled.

Note-Make sure you use Tamari for a gluten-free salad.

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28 Responses to “Quinoa Salad with Edamame, Cucumber and Avocado”

  1. 1
    Averie @ Averie Cooks — June 25, 2014 @ 4:17 am

    You’re the quinoa salad queen! Love this version and the color contrast with the avocado is gorgeous! pinned

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    Stacey — June 25, 2014 @ 5:35 am

    I’m so glad it’s avocado season here! This looks awesome :)

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    I agree with you on balance. A forkful of quinoa salad in one hand, and a spoonful of ice cream in the other right? ;) This salad is GORG! Love the flavours :) Pinned!

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    Chloe @ foodlikecake — June 25, 2014 @ 7:04 am

    This salad looks amazing!

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    Matea — June 25, 2014 @ 7:20 am

    I’ve been looking for quinoa-based salads and this one looks great!

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    Laura @ Raise Your Garden — June 25, 2014 @ 8:11 am

    There’s nothing like a poppin green salad! Not to mention making this for St. Patricks Day, move over beef and hash!

    Recently, I discovered edamame in a Wendy’s salad (I’m not a food blogger so I can admit I eat there, hehe) and love it!

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    Erica — June 25, 2014 @ 8:18 am

    Looks so good! I’ll be honest…I’m in for pretty much any dish that involves quinoa or avocado ;)

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    Vicki Bensinger — June 25, 2014 @ 8:28 am

    I love the sound of this salad. It’s so healthy – like a bowl of energy. Great vinaigrette as well.

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    Kevin @ Closet Cooking — June 25, 2014 @ 8:51 am

    Nice quinoa salad!

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    marla — June 25, 2014 @ 8:54 am

    This is a great looking salad & quinoa is always a favorite!

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    Jenny Flake — June 25, 2014 @ 8:57 am

    Loooove quinoa salads! This one looks delicious and perfect for summer!

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    Love these flavors! I could go for a big bowl of this right now!

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    Julie @ Table for Two — June 25, 2014 @ 9:42 am

    Beautiful and healthy salad!

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    Amanda — June 25, 2014 @ 10:34 am

    Love this! Beautiful salad :) I could eat this all day as well.

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    Candice — June 25, 2014 @ 10:54 am

    Yummy! Such a beautiful salad.

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    Courtney — June 25, 2014 @ 11:10 am

    I could live off all of these ingredients on their own. Even better together – also loving all the green with that beautiful black quinoa!

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    Aimee @ Simple Bites — June 25, 2014 @ 11:44 am

    Sounds like a summer staple salad, Maria. Love it!

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    Heather Christo — June 25, 2014 @ 12:43 pm

    This salad looks incredible- I love that the chunks of avocado and edamame are as substantial as the quinoa!

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    Naomi — June 25, 2014 @ 12:58 pm

    I’m with you on balance – a littlt but of this and dessert — it all evens out.

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    I love our quinoa recipes! This looks fantastic!

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    Gaby — June 26, 2014 @ 10:13 am

    I need this for lunch today! I love everything about it!

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    Layla @ Brunch Time Baker — June 26, 2014 @ 10:50 am

    seasonal and healthy! it looks delicious!

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    DessertForTwo — June 26, 2014 @ 10:40 pm

    You get me–I eat healthy salads just like this so that I can eat desserts like your toffee ice cream brownie bars. It’s a good life :)

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    Ashley | Our Full Table — June 27, 2014 @ 12:12 am

    yum! This looks so delicious! Great for a BBQ~

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    If this could only be in my fridge every week during the summer!

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    Glenna — July 7, 2014 @ 5:57 pm

    YUM! Oh so delicious! Will be in my ‘go to’ recipes from now on. The dressing was so good as well. I also added blanched pea pods for color and crunch. Thank you!

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    Rachel — July 16, 2014 @ 6:17 pm

    Made this today for lunch and it was delicious! I added chopped red and yellow bell peppers and they were even more color and crunch in your great recipe. Thanks!

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