This healthy Asian Quinoa Salad is so easy to make and has a delicious Asian Dressing. Gluten-free and vegan, this Asian Quinoa Recipe will soon become a favorite that you will make time and again.
In my last post, I shared my Asian Salad Dressing recipe. Today, I’ve got an Asian Quinoa Salad that is perfect for it!
This is such a simple and easy to make salad, and also one you will find yourself craving. I started making this salad over six years ago and still love it. I love the texture from the sesame seeds and cashews, along with the kick of sweetness from the oranges and cranberries. It is just perfect for this time of year when I am trying to lighten things up.
I used to make it with spinach, which I love.
These days, I like to make it with kale, since kale holds up so well even after you have tossed it with the dressing. I don’t know about you, but there are some days where I need something that is grab and go and this Asian Salad Recipe fits the bill. (Yes, I even go ahead and add the sesame seeds and cashews sometimes. As long as you aren’t planning on keeping it for days it works just fine.)
I use mandarin oranges when oranges aren’t in season, but I especially love this salad with fresh orange segments. This time of year, I can usually find small oranges at the grocery store, but then I live in Florida and I know not everyone can find them.
Variations on this Asian Quinoa Salad – Asian Salad Ingredients to Try:
- Use cilantro instead of parsley
- Add avocado just before serving
- Add julienned carrots, napa cabbage and/or bean sprouts
- Substitute peanuts or almonds for the cashews
Tools Needed to Make This Asian Quinoa Salad:
This healthy Asian Quinoa Salad is so easy to make and has a delicious Asian Dressing. Perfect for vegan lunches and dinner, this Asian Salad Recipe is naturally gluten free. I like to drizzle leftovers with a little extra dressing.
In a large bowl combine quinoa, kale, oranges, cranberries, green onions and parsley.
Toss with dressing and top with sesame seeds and cashews.
Serve at room temperature or chilled. Drizzle with additional dressing if desired.