Asian Quinoa Salad

Asian Quinoa Salad

One of the best parts about being a personal chef is hunting down fantastic recipes that will appeal to my various clients. Of course, I need to factor in everyones different tastes, allergies, and aversions — which can be a bit of a challenge. But let me stress, it’s a fun challenge. A few weeks ago, a client requested a quick grab-and-go item that featured quinoa.

This bright, healthy, and filling Asian Quinoa Salad recipe was a big hit. So much so, that it was requested as a repeat dish! Prepared from start to finish in under 30 minutes, I urge you to give it a go as well! 


Serves: Four 2-cup pyrex containers — Prep Time: 15 minutes — Total Time: 30 minutes

Served at room temperature or chilled

  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup chopped red cabbage
  • 1 cup shelled and cooked edamame
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, diced
  • 1/2 cup shredded carrots
  • 1 cup diced cucumber
  • 1/4 cup light soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons chopped green onion
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon grated ginger
  • 1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • Salt and black pepper, to taste
Asian Quinoa SaladDIRECTIONS:
  1. Add water, quinoa, and salt to a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Boil for 5 minutes. Turn the heat to low and simmer, uncovered, for about 15 minutes, or until water is absorbed. Remove from heat and fluff with a fork.
  2. Place the quinoa in a large bowl, add the cabbage, edamame, yellow bell pepper, carrots, and cucumber. Set aside.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together the soy sauce, sesame oil, rice wine vinegar, green onions, cilantro, sesame seeds, ginger, red pepper flakes, salt, and pepper.
  4. Pour the dressing over the quinoa salad and stir to combine.
  5. Enjoy!Asian Quinoa Salad

Pro Tip: the red cabbage gives the salad a hint of bitterness, while it’s not terribly strong, I suggest cutting down / skipping it all together if you want to keep it on the lighter side!