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Build muscle, lose weight, boost your immune system, and clean out your intestines.  Who wouldn’t want that?  Oh, and it tastes sooooo yummy…you’ll make this more than once!

Quinoa Edamame Salad 5x7 1 WP_20170623_0

PREP TIME:  10 min

COOK TIME:  12-15 min for the quinoa

SERVES:  4 as a main, 6-8 as a side



  • 1 ½ cups dried quinoa

  • 2 cups shelled edamame beans

  • 4 cups, loosely packed, fresh chopped spinach

  • Handfull of chopped almonds




  • ½ cup (120 ml) dark sesame oil

  • 2 TBSP (30 ml) soy sauce

  • 1 TBSP (15 ml) rice wine vinegar or sushi vinegar

  • 3-4 tsp (15-20 ml) honey (adjust to your desired sweetness)

  • 2 tsp Dijon mustard

  • 2 cloves garlic, finely minced

  •  ½ to 1 tsp crushed red pepper ( to your heat/spicy taste)




1)  Rinse quinoa thoroughly and cook according to the instructions on the package.  Fluff with a fork and let cool.


2)  Whisk all the DRESSING ingredients together and transfer to an airtight container or salad dressing carafe.


3)  When ready to serve, mix together cooked quinoa, edamame, spinach and almonds in a large bowl.


4)  Pour over desired amount of dressing and mix well to combine.  Further season with salt and pepper to taste.


5)  Refrigerate remaining dressing for the next use (it’s great for stir-fries, marinades, or another salad)




Makes a great meal on it's own, or serve as a side.

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Quinoa Edamame Salad 8x10 1 WP_20170623_

Recipe & Photo Credit:  Cathy Menees




I always have cooked quinoa in the fridge, edamame beans in the freezer, spinach in the crisper, and almonds in the pantry. 


Keep these items stocked and this salad (and many other dishes) becomes a quick and easy dish that works well for meal prepping, or if you just want an easy, healthy lunch/dinner option.



I used the BASIC sauce the day I photographed this, but the DELUXE or SUPER DELUXE recipes are also perfect for this dish if you happen to be short on time or ingredients.





As a habit, I always cook quinoa in 1 tsp coconut oil, 1 clove minced garlic and ½ tsp salt to infuse a bit of flavor into quinoa.  That makes it stand on its own as a side dish next to fish or even as a snack when i want something healthy but light..  



If you're doing meal prep or want to make a big batch of this, you can mix the quinoa, edamame, and dressing together and keep it in the fridge for 4-5 days.  


Add the spinach and almonds when ready to serve as they will both go soggy if pre-mixed and stored with the dressing!


PROTEIN & FIBRE fun facts:

* 1 cup of edamame beans has 17g of protein and 8 g of fibre

* 1 cup of cooked quinoa has 8 g of protein and 5 g of fibre

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