Asian Quinoa Salad

A quick and easy healthy quinoa salad dressed in sweet and tangy Asian flavors, loaded with tons of veggies!

Asian Quinoa Salad - A quick and easy healthy quinoa salad dressed in sweet and tangy Asian flavors, loaded with tons of veggies!

Since it’s the eve of Halloween, I am attempting to eat healthy in preparation of devouring all the Halloween candy tomorrow. See, I’m being smart and planning ahead. That way, I don’t have to kill myself with a 10-mile run to work off all those Kit Kat bars, which is my ultimate candy weakness.

Asian Quinoa Salad - A quick and easy healthy quinoa salad dressed in sweet and tangy Asian flavors, loaded with tons of veggies!

So here’s my go-to clean eating meal before the big day: a bowl of Asian-style quinoa dressed in a sweet and tangy sesame vinaigrette loaded with all sorts of veggie goodness – shredded cabbage, avocado, bell pepper, carrots, corn and green onion – but feel free to add in your favorite kinds of veggies. If you need more protein, you can also add in tofu or shredded chicken breast. And you can’t forget about those crispy noodles for that added crunch. I cheat a little bit and always add a little extra in my bowl!

Asian Quinoa Salad - A quick and easy healthy quinoa salad dressed in sweet and tangy Asian flavors, loaded with tons of veggies!

Asian Quinoa Salad

Prep Time 10 minutes

Cook Time 15 minutes

Total Time 25 minutes

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Asian Quinoa Salad

A quick and easy healthy quinoa salad dressed in sweet and tangy Asian flavors, loaded with tons of veggies!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup quinoa
  • 1/4 cup shredded red cabbage
  • 1/4 cup diced red bell pepper
  • 1/4 cup grated carrots
  • 1/4 cup corn kernels
  • 1 green onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 avocado, halved, seeded, peeled and diced
  • 1/4 cup chow mein noodles, for serving
  • For the sesame vinaigrette:
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons STAR Natural Rice Vinegar
  • 1 clove garlic, pressed
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon grated ginger

Instructions

  • To make the vinaigrette, whisk together rice wine vinegar, garlic, sesame oil, sugar, ginger and soy sauce in a small bowl; set aside.
  • In a medium saucepan, cook quinoa according to package instructions.
  • In a large bowl, combine quinoa, cabbage, bell pepper, carrots, corn, green onion and avocado. Stir in sesame vinaigrette.
  • Serve immediately, topped with chow mein noodles, if desired.
http://damndelicious.net/2013/10/29/asian-quinoa-salad/

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Star Fine Foods. All opinions expressed are my own.


Comments

  1. says

    Now any time I see perfect-looking avocados in your dishes, Chung-Ah, I will think of you gingerly carrying them around the grocery store in your hands while you shop. :) Love the flavors in this quinoa – what a great, light side or lunch!

  2. Sherri says

    This looks so delish that I’ve totally forgotten that Halloween candy still lives in my house! My daughters love quinoa, I’ve bookmarked this to try out this weekend. I really like your site. :) Sherri

  3. Cathy says

    Thank you for this recipe; this has become my newest obsession! I’ve been adding shredded carrots and radish for extra crunch and it is just perfect. Great dish to start a healthier 2014!

  4. Debra D. says

    SO delicious!! The only thing I left out was the red bell pepper. It was not listed in the printable recipe, oh well, will remember to add next time. So glad I found this site, have not been disappointed yet!

  5. says

    I just came across your blog, and I am loving the looks of all your dishes!

    It is a definite that I’ll be digging through your archive for inspiration, because I need to make some of this! I love quinoa but never used them in Asian dishes, but that’ll be on my to-make list now for sure :D Thanks for inspiring :) x

  6. Fabulous says

    I eat with my eyes. I love colour, shapes and sizes in food. The photo of the Asian Quinoa Salad definitely got my eye. I’m not a fan of quinoa, however, I did try the recipe without it. It was great. I gave my sis the recipe, and since she loves quinoa she will definitely be trying it. Great and delicious recipe.

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