Thai Quinoa Salad with Edamame

Thai Quinoa Salad Recipe

Thai Quinoa Salad RecipeEdamame is a powerhouse of a food. Popular in Asian cultures and dishes, edamame is naturally gluten-free and low calorie while being rich in protein, iron, calcium and numerous other nutrients.

While it may seem unlikely that such a small, green soybean can contain so much nutrition, edamame does just that. In fact, one cup of edamame has over six percent of the daily recommended amount of nearly all the nutrients the body needs. With 20 to 40 percent of the amount of protein, fiber, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, thiamin, folate and vitamin K, eating edamame is almost like taking a multi-vitamin.

One cup of edamame contains:

  • 189 calories
  • 8 grams of fat
  • 16 grams of carbohydrates
  • 17 grams of protein

Like meat and dairy sources, edamame is a complete source of protein, meaning that is provides all of the essential amino acids that our bodies need but cannot make.

This Thai Quinoa Salad is chock full of not only edamame, but the superfood quinoa along with numerous vibrant, healthy vegetables. Make yourself a batch of this salad and enjoy it throughout the week for lunch as a quick but complete meal.

Thai Quinoa Salad with Edamame

Makes 8 servings

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 carrot, shredded
  • 1 cup frozen edamame, thawed
  • 5 green onions, chopped
  • 1 cup shredded red cabbage
  • 4 teaspoons fish sauce
  • 3 limes, juiced
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon grated ginger
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil

Directions:

  1. Cook quinoa according to package directions. Let cool.
  2. Once quinoa has cooled, add bell pepper, shredded carrot, edamame, green onions and shredded cabbage. Toss to mix.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together the fish sauce, lime juice, honey, olive oil, ginger and sesame oil until smooth. Pour over quinoa mixture and toss to coat.
  4. Let salad set up in the fridge to allow the flavors to marry.