This 15 Minute Asian Quinoa Salad is loaded with so much flavour! It’s a colourful vegan meal perfect for a light but filling lunch or dinner and is dressed with a divine sesame ginger sauce!!
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With summer in full swing now, friends, I am ready. Ready for all the sun. The Beach. The Pool. Parties. 4th of July and all summer events. Food. THE FOOD! All the fantastic food that summer has to offer!
The first thing that I love to do every summer is to make a Summer Bucket List. It helps me to really prioritise the amazing weather, travel opportunities and to keep mindful about it all. While I haven’t completed this summer’s own yet, one thing is definitely on it: eat majority nourishing dishes that keep me feeling light and happy.
It sounds simple but it makes so much sense! It’s literally been 90 degrees Fahrenheit here every single day, so I have been absolutely loving all the cold, filling and nourishing meals that I can happily enjoy. I love feeling like I’m doing my body right while enjoying dishes. Nice cream is now a must have breakfast in our house and watermelon granita is a guaranteed dessert. For lunch and dinner? This Asian Quinoa Salad has been our go-to, must have, absolutely enthralled with summer salad.
Being fresh off our San Francisco trip, I’ve been wanting to recreate some of the meals that we had. We had a lot of asian dishes, includes salads, and I knew that that was what I wanted to recreate first. Needless to say, this was such a breeze to put together. Not only was this Asian Quinoa Salad inspired by my recent travels, but also my Cashew Thai Quinoa Salad which I know you guys really love. I wanted to switch some things up: a lighter sauce, more protein, and super meal preppable (so no lettuce or kale that can wilt).
Okay, let’s get into the beauty of this salad. The star of this salad is definitely the quinoa. You guys already know that I absolutely love Bob’s Red Mill and all the fantastic products that they have to offer. It feels so great to be sharing a company with you that I truly believe in that makes products I KNOW will make your life easier! This is their Organic Tri-Color Quinoa – which is honestly the best quinoa I’ve ever had. In my entire life!
Gavin said the exact same thing after one bite. We first tried it earlier this year, and I’ve been meaning to share a recipe with you all year now using their quinoa. The mix of red, black and white grains adds SUCH an amazing texture to this salad that you have to taste it to truly understand.
Trust me – buy this Bob’s Red Mill Organic Tri-Color Quinoa. It also makes so much cooked quinoa for only 1 cup of dry quinoa so you get a really great bang for your buck. Quinoa is also such an amazing superfood. It’s 100% whole grain, has lots of iron, fiber, and is a complete protein. This is so important as a vegetarian/vegan to ensure you’re getting to whole proteins, so know you’re covered in this Asian Quinoa Salad.
There are so many pros to this salad:
Once left to meld for a few hours or even overnight, the flavours come together absolutely perfectly. This Asian Quinoa Salad serves about 7 people as a side dish, about maybe 4-5 as a large salad. It’s also perfect for meal prep since nothing gets soggy, and the flavour only continues to get better throughout the week!
Eat up friends and enjoy! I hope you’re enjoying your summer so far!
While this salad is easier to assemble if you make the quinoa a day ahead, you can totally make it on spot. While prepping the ingredients, just cook the quinoa according to the package directions on Bob’s Red Mill’s package! It takes a maximum time of 12 minutes, so it’ll be ready when you’re ready with all the ingredients! I like to season mine with salt and pepper, or you can even swap the water for vegetable or mushroom broth!
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