15 Minute Quinoa Salad with Sesame Ginger Dressing

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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.

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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-Inspired 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!

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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.

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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 Asian-Inspired 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!

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!! via https://jessicainthekitchen.com via https://jessicainthekitchen.com #veganrecipes #vegans #vegetarians #recipes #plantbased #veganmeal #meals #healthy #breakfast #veganlife #veganeating

This 15 Minute Asian Quinoa Salad is loaded with so much flavour! It's a colour vegan meal perfect for a light but filing lunch or dinner and is dressed with a divine sesame ginger sauce!! via https://jessicainthekitchen.com via https://jessicainthekitchen.com #veganrecipes #vegans #vegetarians #recipes #plantbased #veganmeal #meals #healthy #breakfast #veganlife #veganeating
This 15 Minute Asian Quinoa Salad is loaded with so much flavour! It's a colour vegan meal perfect for a light but filling lunch or dinner and is dressed with a divine sesame ginger sauce!! via https://jessicainthekitchen.com via https://jessicainthekitchen.com #veganrecipes #vegans #vegetarians #recipes #plantbased #veganmeal #meals #healthy #breakfast #veganlife #veganeating

15 Minute Quinoa Salad with Sesame Ginger Sauce

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!!
by: Jessica in the Kitchen
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Course Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine Asian
Keyword Dairy Free, Egg Free, Gluten Free, vegan, Vegetarian
Ingredients

Asian Quinoa Salad

  • 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 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
Instructions

Instructions

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!
NOTES
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!

Nutrition

Calories: 224kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 424mg | Potassium: 481mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 2534IU | Vitamin C: 41mg | Calcium: 58mg | Iron: 3mg
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14 comments

  1. phyllis says:

    I never realized how hard you work every day. Thank you for letting us travel down your world. All your recipes are amazing and I’ve enjoyed making a lot of them. My husband and myself are not vegetarians (yet) but you are very inspiring. I plan to purchase your book as soon as I can. Your blog with your wedding picture was very profound and very emotional. God bless you both.

    • Jessica says:

      Hi Phyllis,

      Thank you so much for your incredibly sweet comments!!! I hope you enjoy my ebook and thank you so much for supporting! God bless you too! <3 Thank you again!!

      Love,

      Jessica

  2. Sean Mahan says:

    Quinoa salad is always a good idea, this asian version seems pretty good as well. Thanks!

    • Gavin | Jessica in the Kitchen says:

      I agree Sean! Thanks for your kind comment!

  3. Franka says:

    Hi! So the salad is in my backpack all ready for lunch, but I was wondering what would be the best time to add the dressing. Would that be in the morning when I make the salad or right before I am going to eat it?

    Yesterday I discovered your website and I’m THRILLED! Already made two of your recipes and you’re making veganuary an absolute blast!

    • Gavin | Jessica in the Kitchen says:

      Hi Franka the best time to add the dressing is right before you’re ready to eat. We’re so glad that you enjoyed our recipes!

  4. This dressing looks excellent! I might use fresh ginger juice instead of the dry ground, but the maple syrup is brilliant! Now I have to explore some more of your recipes…Thanks! Alia

    • Gavin | Jessica in the Kitchen says:

      Thank you so much Alia we are so glad you feel this way. Thank you for reading. We hope you enjoy!

  5. Lauren says:

    4 stars
    Hi! Thanks for the awesome recipe. It looks delicious. Do you have the nutrition facts for this recipe?

    • Courtney | Jessica in the Kitchen says:

      Hi Lauren! We’re currently working on updating our recipes with nutritional information. But as soon as we have done this we will let you know. Thanks for reading!

  6. Becky says:

    5 stars
    Hi Jessica! Do you reccomend a specific brand of garam masala?

    • Jessica says:

      Hi Becky,

      The first brand I used was Barida but I don’t see it anymore, right now I use Frontier Co-op! But any brand from a local Indian store should be amazing (that’s what I’m trying next). I hope that helps so much and that you enjoy!!

  7. Eric says:

    5 stars
    This was excellent.I served it as a side for steamed orange roughy with mushrooms and a Rombauer Chardonnary — the combo was perfect. The dressing is especially good – I want to use this dressing for a Chinese chicken salad next time.Yum yum yum.

    • Gavin | Jessica in the Kitchen says:

      We’re so happy that you like it Eric! The pairings that you’re using sound amazing as well. Thanks so much for reading and leaving such a nice review.

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