This delicious Edamame Quinoa Salad is loaded with ingredients that will leave you feeling your best! Protein packed edamame and quinoa are combined with cabbage, red pepper, pineapple, raisins, and almonds and then tossed in a zippy dressing. This is a delicious vegan quinoa salad that is guaranteed to fuel your day!
When it is warm out, most of us look for ways to lighten up our menus.
I love soup as much as everyone else, but it becomes unappealing when temperatures are soaring into the 90’s.
The problem with many light meals is that they aren’t filling.
Don’t you hate it when you eat a salad and are hungry an hour later? This Edamame Quinoa Salad is protein packed and will leave you feeling satisfied.
With crunchy cabbage, almonds and crisp red pepper, this salad is full of texture. The real star of the show is the pineapple, which keeps the flavors perky and bright. Along with the raisins, pineapple adds a touch of sweetness that you are going to love.
It is the perfect healthy salad for lunch, a light dinner, or a filling side.
Ingredients for Making Quinoa Edamame Salad
- Edamame: I used frozen, but you could use fresh as well. I recommend using organic to avoid any GMO’s.
- Cabbage: Red cabbage is very pretty here, but green would work as well. If you are short on time, coleslaw mix is a good option.
- Quinoa: Either red or white will work in this recipe. Red will have a firmer texture.
- Red Pepper: You could use halved and sliced mini-peppers if you like.
- Pineapple: Canned with no sugar added works, but fresh is especially nice if you have it.
- Raisins: If raisins aren’t your thing, dried cranberries are a great option.
- Almonds: Cashews or pecans are a goold alternative.
- Vinegar: I used red wine vinegar, but it would be just as nice with rice wine vinegar. If you are avoiding added sugars, make sure you opt for unseasoned rice wine vinegar.
- Oil: Use the best quality extra virgin olive oil that you have on hand.
- Sweetener: Whatever sweetener you like works! Honey, Swerve, sugar...it is all good.
- Chili Powder: Use more or less to personal taste.
- Garlic: I am a big garlic lover, but if you aren’t a fan you can reduce the amount.
Tips & Tricks
- Avoiding oil? No problem, you can still enjoy this edamame salad with quinoa! You can use chia gel in place of the oil in the recipe. Simply combine 2 tablespoons water + ¾ teaspoon chia seeds. Set aside for 10 minutes, until a gel forms.
- Feel free to play with this edamame salad with quinoa recipe and make it your own. Sometimes I add soy sauce (or gluten free tamaria) to the dressing. I’ve also been known to add red or green onion in place of the bell pepper.
- If you are cooking quinoa just before making this recipe, make sure you let it cool first. The easiest way to do this is to spread it out on a parchment lined baking sheet.
- To save time making this edamame salad with quinoa, buy shelled edamame at the grocery store. You can find them in the freezer section. (Fresh edamame works too!)
Frequently Asked Questions
Absolutely, this edamame and quinoa salad is great for meal prep. It will keep for about five days in a sealed container in the refrigerator. If it starts to dry out you can simply drizzle it with a little oil or a squeeze of lemon juice.
If you give this a try and find soy does not agree with you, leave it off. Just substitute chickpeas or black beans.
Keep this quinoa and edamame bean salad in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. While you can freeze many of the components in this recipe, I do not recommend freezing the tossed salad.
How to Make Edamame Quinoa Salad
First, start by combining the shelled edamame, cabbage, quinoa, red bell pepper, pineapple, raisins, and almonds in a large bowl.
Next, make the dressing by combining the vinegar, oil, sweetener, chili powder, and garlic in a bowl. Whisk to combine and season to taste with salt and pepper.
Serve chilled or at room temperature.
More Quinoa Salad Recipes to Try
- Quinoa Corn Salad is like summer in a bowl! This is one of the best ways I know to enjoy the best produce of the season.
- Chicken Pomegranate Quinoa Salad is quick to make and flavor packed! It packs serious flavors without a lot of effort.
- Caprese Quinoa Salad is flavorful and delicious! It makes a great lunch or a hearty side for dinner.
- When you want a delicious salad with a touch of sweetness, this Strawberry Quinoa Salad is a good option.
Edamame Quinoa Salad
- 1 ½ cups organic frozen edamame cooked according to package directions
- 2 cups cooked quinoa
- 2 cups red cabbage shredded
- 1 red pepper seeded and diced small
- ¾ cup diced pineapple
- ¼ cup raisins
- 2 teaspoons almonds chopped
- 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 tablespoon sweetener of choice I used Swerve
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- 3 cloves garlic minced
- salt and pepper to taste
- In a large bowl combine edamame, quinoa, cabbage, diced pepper, pineapple, raisins and almond.
- In a small bowl combine red wine vinegar, olive oil, sweetener, chili powder and garlic. Toss with quinoa mixture and serve either chilled or at room temperature.
Edamame Quinoa Salad was originally published in 2013, Updated in 2021.