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Asian Quinoa Salad
and cucumbers / oranges / edamame

Active: 25 min Total: 25 min
If your quinoa was already made ahead earlier in the week, this meal can be on the table in minutes and is great for a warm late summer night. Feel free to customize these salads with other toppings, but we love the crunch of cashews and cucumbers and the natural sweetness of oranges.
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Ingredients

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Servings:
4
Asian Quinoa Salad:
  • Quinoa, uncooked - 3/4 cup
  • Stock, any type - 1 1/2 cups
  • Cucumbers - 8 oz, chopped
  • Bell peppers, red - 1, chopped
  • Green onions - 2 stalks, green and white parts chopped and combined
  • Lettuce, romaine - 8 oz, chopped
  • Oranges, clementines - 6, segments (sub canned mandarin oranges, drained and rinsed)
  • Edamame, shelled - 1 cup
  • Avocados - 1, cubed
  • Cashews - 2 oz
Asian Vinaigrette:
  • Soy sauce, low-sodium - 1 1/2 Tbsp
  • Vinegar, rice - 1 1/2 Tbsp
  • Brown sugar - 1 tsp
  • Oil, toasted sesame - 1 tsp
  • Oil, cooking - 1/4 cup

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Prep

  1. Cook quinoa - (Skip if quinoa was made ahead on Monday.) Combine quinoa and stock (the portion for the quinoa) in a saucepan. Add in some salt. Bring to a boil covered. Lower heat, keep covered, and cook until liquid is absorbed, 8 to 10 minutes. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  2. Make vinaigrette - Whisk together soy sauce, vinegar, brown sugar, toasted sesame oil and cooking oil. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  3. Cucumbers / Bell peppers / Green onions - Prep as directed. Store separately. (Can be done up to 3 days ahead)
  4. Lettuce / Oranges / Edamame - Prep as directed. If using frozen edamame, defrost. Store separately. (Can be done 1 day ahead)
  5. Avocados - Cube avocados.

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Make

  1. If quinoa was made ahead and you’d like it warm, reheat in the microwave.
  2. Toss vinaigrette with cucumbers, bell peppers, romaine, green onions, oranges, edamame and avocados. Top with quinoa and cashews. Enjoy!

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9 reviews

Nice and fresh feeling. Added cashews which helped it. Toddler basically only ate quinoa, avocado, canned oranges and edamame.

By: Shawn
Posted: Sep 28, 2017
Diet: Vegetarian
0 Helpful

Good use of leftover chicken. Did not use edamame. Did something wrong with dressing, a bit tart? , but good quick meal.

By: Jessie
Posted: Sep 26, 2017
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Both of my kids loved this, even the one that doesn't normally eat veggies!

By: Elisabeth
Posted: Sep 15, 2017
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Thought this was amazing!

By: Andrea
Posted: Sep 14, 2017
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Nice and easy.

By: Joy
Posted: Sep 14, 2017
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Nice to use leftovers. But dressing seems to one note

By: Rachel
Posted: Sep 14, 2017
Diet: Original
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