15 Minute Quinoa Salad with Sesame Ginger Dressing
This 15 Minute 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 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. Needless to say, this was such a breeze to put together. Not only was this 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 Quinoa Salad.
There are so many pros to this salad:
- perfect for outdoor events but also indoor events
- loaded with fibre
- loaded with so much protein thanks to the quinoa and the edamame
- Is great if you want to eat light but still be full
- Is absolutely gorgeous. Hello beautiful summer photos!
- Has an amazing texture and diversity of flavours so you won’t be bored with it ever
- Takes 15 minutes!
- Incredibly easy to assemble. Chop ingredients, mix and that’s it! Super fuss free
Once left to meld for a few hours or even overnight, the flavours come together absolutely perfectly. This 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!
15 Minute Quinoa Salad with Sesame Ginger Sauce
- 1 cup shelled and cooked edamame, 124g
- 1 cup diced cucumber, roughly 128g
- 1 cup sliced bell peppers, 100g
- 4 cups Bob's Red Mill Organic Tri-Color Quinoa, cooked*
- 1 large shredded carrot or roughly 1 cup, 67g/1 cup
- 1 ½ cups chopped cabbage, 100g
Sesame Ginger Dressing
- ½ teaspoon ground ginger
- 1 ½ tablespoons maple syrup
- 2 ½ tablespoons liquid aminos, or low sodium soy sauce
- 2 teaspoons distilled white vinegar
- 1 teaspoon sesame oil
- ½ teaspoon sesame seeds
- ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes, optional
- Juice of two limes
Asian Quinoa Salad
- Whisk all the ingredients together in a deep bowl until combined or shake together in a jar. Set aside until ready to use.
Sesame Ginger Dressing
- Add all the ingredients together in a bowl.
Drizzle the sauce over the salad and mix everything in to combine.
Serve and enjoy!
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