My Favourite Quinoa Salad | RecipeTin Eats

If the considered a Quinoa Salad doesn’t precisely rock your world, you and I’ll most likely be associates. But being totally conscious of the dietary advantages of quinoa, I made a decision it was excessive time to develop up and begin getting enthusiastic about quinoa. Enter: My Favourite Quinoa Salad!

Quinoa Salad

I’m not going to misinform you. Put me in entrance of a salad bar, and also you gained’t see me pause for a beat in entrance of any choice containing quinoa.

It’s not that I dislike quinoa as such. In truth, when cooked effectively (psst, toasting it actually elevates it to loftier heights!), I’ll fortunately scoff it down plain, similar to I do rice.

I feel it’s extra the way it’s heralded so staunchly by “healthy” foodies, who insist it’s a superior different to rice and different grains we love that makes me – considerably childishly! – need to not observe the pattern.

Anyway, I lastly grew up. So I’m right here in the present day with my favorite Quinoa Salad. I’ve eaten a LOT of quinoa salad up to now yr, in a bid to get on board the quinoa practice. And that is The One! Call it a “fusion” salad, name it a “mash-up” if you happen to like. Whatever you name it, this Asian-inflected salad has it all happening!

Overhead photo of 3 bowls filled with Quinoa Salad
Close up of wooden spoons scooping up Quinoa Salad

What goes in Quinoa Salad

Here’s what you want for the Quinoa Salad:

Ingredients in My Favourite Quinoa Salad
Smashed wasabi peas on a tea towel
Crushed wasabi peas. I used a meat mallet. Sometimes I take advantage of a mortar and pestle. Use no matter works for you. Just don’t skip the wasabi peas!

Quinoa Salad dressing elements

And right here’s what you want for the Quinoa Salad dressing:

Ingredients for Quinoa Salad dressing
  • Mayonnaise – Before you get turned off by the inclusion of (a bit!) of mayonnaise within the dressing, hear me out!

    First, there’s solely 2 half of tbsp.

    Secondly, it takes the place of some oil on this recipe and provides a stunning creamy observe with none cream. So if you happen to skip the mayo, you’ll must substitute with extra oil.

    Thirdly, it’s Kewpie mayonnaise. Everybody is aware of it’s the very best mayonnaise round!

  • Rice vinegar – Less sharp than most Western vinegars. Substitute with cider vinegar, sherry vinegar or champagne vinegar;
  • Oil – Any neutral-flavoured oil will do there. Grapeseed is an efficient choice;
  • Mirin – A candy Japanese cooking wine, we solely want a tiny quantity so as to add depth of flavour into the dressing;
  • Soy sauce – Light or all-purpose. Not darkish soy, it’s too intense. More on totally different soy sauces right here;
  • Sugar – To stability the flavours;
  • Toasted sesame oil – For that impossible to resist sesame flavour everyone knows and love!
  • Fresh garlic and ginger – Don’t skip these! They actually add important recent punch to the dressing. 🙂
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Close up of pouring garlic ginger dressing over Quinoa Salad

How to make this Quinoa Salad

Nothing groundbreaking right here!!

1. Shake the dressing

Combine dressing elements in a container and shake! I like to make use of a jar, for optimum emulsification! (And helpful storage 😇)

How to make a great dressing for Quinoa Salad

2. Cook the quinoa

Cheffy tip: toast the quinoa within the oven! It’s easy, however makes it soooo nutty. It’s free flavour, don’t skip it!

How to cook quinoa
  1. Spread quinoa on a tray;
  2. Toast within the oven for 15 minutes at 200°C/390°F. It will odor deliciously nutty when it’s prepared!
  3. Rinse briefly in a sieve or strainer. Why? To take away quinoa’s pure coating (referred to as saponin), which might make it style bitter or soapy. Boxed quinoa is often pre-rinsed, however it doesn’t harm to get into the behavior of rinsing;
  4. Scrape right into a saucepan and add water;
  5. Simmer on low for 15 minutes with the lid on; and
  6. Rest 10 minutes – Once all of the liquid has been absorbed, take away from the range and relaxation for 10 minutes with the lid on. In this step, the quinoa absorbs residual water and turns into superbly fluffy. If you skip this step, the quinoa can be watery.

Cool quinoa fully earlier than making the salad.

three. Toss salad!

After all of the making ready and chopping up all of the greens, I at all times discover this half so therapeutic!

How to make My Favourite Quinoa Salad

Nothing tough right here, simply throw all of it right into a (very!) massive bowl, pour over dressing then toss enthusiastically. And I’m not simply saying “enthusiastically” to be cute. I imply it. To get every little thing combined up correctly, it’s worthwhile to toss, toss, toss with gusto!

How to serve this Quinoa Salad

This is a type of salads I wish to name meal-worthy. It’s acquired:

Being not too heavy and with out proteins, it additionally completely has a spot as a facet salad. But I’ll be impressed if you happen to make this as a facet for a fast midweek dinner. Rather, I’m considering you possibly can take it to ebook membership, or a pot luck, or have it as a part of a salad unfold for lunch with associates. It’s acquired the oomph to face by itself two toes and definitely a step up from a primary backyard salad! 🙂 – Nagi x

Watch how one can make it

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My Favourite Quinoa Salad in a large green bowl, ready to be served

My Favourite Quinoa Salad

Servings10 – 12 as a facet

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Recipe video above. Elevate your Quinoa Salad with two easy tips: Toasting the quinoa within the oven to provide it a beautiful nutty flavour (nice cheffy tip!), and use a wickedly good garlic/ginger dressing!It makes a superb meal-worthy Asian-style salad, or vibrant rainbow salad to take to gatherings. Don’t skip the sprinkle of Wasabi Pea mud. It’s the cherry on high!Serves: 10-12 as facet, 5 as meal



  • 1 cup cucumber , finely diced (Note 2)
  • 1 carrot , medium, peeled and finely shredded (Note three)
  • three cups purple cabbage , finely shredded (~1/four small or 1/eight giant cabbage)
  • 2 inexperienced onions , finely sliced
  • 250g/ 8oz cherry tomatoes , small ones quartered, giant ones lower into 6
  • 1 cup shelled edamame , cooked per packet then cooled (Note four)
  • 1 purple capsicum/bell pepper , finely chopped
  • half of cup coriander/cilantro leaves , finely chopped


Cook quinoa:

  • Toast for additional flavour: Preheat oven to 200°C/390°F (180° fan) Spread quinoa on a tray. Bake 15 minutes, stirring midway, till it is frivolously browned and smells nutty.

  • Rinse: Transfer to advantageous mesh sieve or strainer. Rinse below working water for 10 seconds, shake off extra water effectively.

  • Cook: Scrape right into a medium saucepan. Add water, place lid on. Bring to simmer on medium warmth, then decrease range to low and simmer for 15 minutes (or till all water is absorbed, tilt pot to examine).

  • Rest: Remove from range (lid nonetheless on) and relaxation for 10 minutes.

  • Fluff & cool: Remove lid, fluff quinoa with a fork and permit to completely cool earlier than utilizing. (Spread on a tray if you wish to pace issues up).


  • Dressing: Place elements in a jar and shake effectively.

  • Toss salad! Place quinoa in a big bowl. Add all salad elements. Pour over dressing, toss very effectively.

  • Garnish: Either switch to a big serving platter or particular person bowls. Sprinkle generously with crushed Wasabi Peas and sesame seeds. Devour!

Recipe Notes:

1. Quinoa – Different colored quinoa have barely totally different flavours. White is probably the most impartial, purple and black have barely extra earthy/nutty flavours. Tri-colour is a mixture of all three. Any color quinoa will work simply advantageous right here.
2. Cucumber – If utilizing Lebanese (shorter) cucumbers, there’s no must peel them however scrape out the watery seeds utilizing a teaspoon (lower in half lengthwise then scrape out). If utilizing the longer ones (English/Telegraph), use round 20cm/eight″ and peel the pores and skin (it tends to be a bit harder) however no must take away seeds (it’s not as watery).
three. Carrot shredding – I take advantage of a shredder instrument that creates actually skinny strands, it price a pittance from an Asian retailer. The finer the strands, the higher. Fallback: Standard field grater.
four. Edamame – The recent beans of younger soybeans, simply discovered lately within the freezer part of on a regular basis grocery shops alongside peas! Cook time is similar for with-pod vs podded, round 5 minutes.
5. Soy sauce – Use mild or all-purpose soy sauce. Do not use darkish soy sauce (too sturdy) or candy soy sauce (too candy). More on totally different soy sauces right here.
6. Mirin – A candy Japanese cooking wine, it provides depth of flavour and complexity to something. Substitute half of tsp sugar + 1 tbsp additional rice wine + half of tbsp additional mayonnaise.
7. Sesame oil – Use toasted, which has a extra intense sesame flavour (it’s brown in color). Untoasted oil is yellow and more durable to search out in Australia.
eight. Kewpie mayonnaise – A preferred Japanese mayonnaise simply discovered lately within the Asian part of grocery shops. Famed for the graceful flavour and mild rice vinegar tang! Sub with any mayo.
Substitute: More oil (identical quantity as mayo).
9. Wasabi peas – Common lately, discover them within the Asian part of any grocery retailer. Crush so a few of it turns into a powder utilizing no matter technique works for you, eg. mortar and pestle, or tea towel and meat mallet or rolling pin.
10. Sesame seeds – Toast, stirring repeatedly, in a small skillet (no oil) till frivolously browned and so they odor nutty!
11. Storage/make forward – Being cabbage-based, this salad retains fairly effectively the following day! It wilts a bit and turns into a bit of slaw-like. Toss effectively and devour at room temperature. If deliberately making forward, finest to maintain dressing and garnishes separate.
11. Nutrition per serving, assuming 10 servings as a facet dish.

Nutrition Information:

Calories: 177cal (9%)Carbohydrates: 18g (6%)Protein: 5g (10%)Fat: 10g (15%)Saturated Fat: 1g (6%)Trans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 495mg (22%)Potassium: 298mg (9%)Fiber: threeg (13%)Sugar: fourg (four%)Vitamin A: 1540IU (31%)Vitamin C: 30mg (36%)Calcium: 42mg (four%)Iron: 2mg (11%)

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