Sesame Ginger Quinoa Salad

Dairy-free, gluten-free and vegan friendly, this salad is anything but boring. Sweet edamame, crunchy peanuts, spicy ginger and a savory Asian vinaigrette all mix together for a delightfully light yet satisfying salad. Filled with protein, healthy fat, and low glycemic carbohydrate, this dish is perfectly balanced to keep you energized throughout your busy workday. Plus, ginger is a great anti-inflammatory and can help to ease muscle pain and nausea, all the more reason to dig in!

Sesame Ginger Quinoa Salad


For the salad:

  • 1 cup cooked and cooled quinoa
  • 1 cup shredded green cabbage
  • 1/3 cup edamame, defrosted
  • 6 thinly sliced bell pepper rings (I prefer red, yellow or orange)
  • 1 scallion, thinly sliced, white and light green parts only
  • 1 tablespoon dry roasted peanuts, chopped
  • Toasted sesame seeds, to garnish

For the dressing:

  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon rice vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon tamari (or regular soy sauce)
  • 3/4 teaspoon freshly grated ginger
  • 3/4 teaspoon honey
  • Pepper, to taste


  1. To make dressing: in a small bowl whisk together sesame oil, olive oil, rice vinegar, tamari, ginger, honey and a pinch of black pepper. Set aside.
  2. In large bowl toss quinoa, cabbage, edamame, bell pepper, scallion, peanuts and a sprinkle of sesame seeds. Drizzle with vinaigrette and toss until all ingredients are combined. Drizzle with more sesame seeds, if desired. Serve at room temperature.

Makes 1 serving

Copyright Kameron Tunila (Food to Thrive)

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