Quinoa & Edamame Salad

April 6, 2011

This is a protein-packed, high fiber side dish that keeps for days in the fridge. I made it Sunday night and J. and I have been eating it bit by bit since then. In the past, I have been lukewarm about quinoa — I felt it had a grassy overtone that took over whatever preparation I tried. I did not feel that way with this dish, probably because the dressing — though there is a very small amount of it — is very bold on its own. You could add some chili oil or sriracha if you wanted a spicy version of this salad.

Quinoa & Edamame Salad
Inspired by Quinoa & Edamame Salad

1 c. quinoa
1 Tbsp. sesame oil
1 Tbsp. rice wine vinegar
1 Tbsp. soy sauce
1 tsp. grated ginger
1 tsp. sesame seeds
1 c. shelled edamame, fresh or frozen & thawed
4 green onions, finely chopped

Prepare quinoa according to package directions, rinsing first if necessary. Make sure there is no water left in the bottom of your quinoa pot at the end of cooking. If there is, uncover the pot and continue cooking over a medium heat until the remaining water evaporates.

While the quinoa is cooking, whisk together the sesame oil, rice wine vinegar, soy sauce, and ginger. Set aside. In a small pan, toast the sesame seeds for a few minutes over low heat, until they become fragrant and start to change color. Set aside.

Toss the dressing, toasted sesame seeds, edamame, and onions together with the cooked quinoa until they are well-combined. Cover and refrigerate for at least two hours. Serve cold or room temperature.

Filed under: Salad,Veggie Mains,Veggie Sides



  • 1. Margie  |  April 6, 2011 at 8:58 am

    Add another of your recipes I’m definitely going to try. I have a good amount of quinoa, and wasn’t sure how to use it (the first dish I tried, neither Bill or Fae were enthused about it). I will try this one!

  • 2. Dara  |  April 6, 2011 at 12:14 pm

    Let me know what you think! And I’d love to know if you find another recipe with quinoa that you like.

  • 3. April in CT  |  April 6, 2011 at 10:13 am

    I’ve felt the same way about quinoa in the past, I really want to like it! Really looking forward to trying this one since I love edamame and all of the dressing ingredients.

  • 4. Dara  |  April 6, 2011 at 12:14 pm

    I really want to like it too… this recipe may be the tipping point for me!

  • 5. shannon  |  April 27, 2011 at 12:18 am

    Thank you so much for sharing this recipe. I was searching the net for a quinoa and edamame recipe and stumbled upon this one! I’m so happy I did. I made it tonight and it was a HIT with my family (3 kids and husband!). It is DELICIOUS!!! Thank you so much again for sharing this! :)


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