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Healthy Kitchen Recipes: Japanese Inspired Quinoa Salad with Edamame

Entertaining in the summertime can be tough. When it's hot outside, you want a refreshing, cool meal to enjoy with your guests. 

Our July recipe is the perfect side to bring to a cookout or pool party! This crisp and fresh Japanese-inspired quinoa salad with edamame will cool anyone down on a hot day. This dish features delicious bites of cucumber, avocado, lemon, and many other ingredients that will help fuel your body all day long. 

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Japanese Inspired Quinoa Salad with Edamame

Makes roughly 6-8 portions

Download & Print The Recipe



  • Dressing
  • Lemon juice, freshly squeezed 3 Tbsp.
  • Sesame oil, toasted 1 Tbsp.
  • Soy sauce or tamari, reduced sodium 1 Tbsp.
  • Black pepper, ground as needed
  • Salad
  • Quinoa, cooked 3 cups
  • Lemon, zested, grated 1 ea.
  • Kale, curly green or Tuscan, head 1 ea.
  • Persian cucumber, 1⁄4” dice 1 ea.
  • Edamame, shelled, cooked and cooled 1 cup
  • Scallions, sliced 2 Tbsp.
  • Salt as needed
  • Avocado, sliced or diced 1 ea.
  • Furikake, or toasted sesame seeds 1⁄2 cup


  1.  For the Dressing: Place all dressing ingredients in a small bowl and whisk together, then set aside. Alternatively,
    place into a small jar with a lid, and shake well to combine. Set aside.
  2. For the Salad: Put cooked quinoa in a large bowl. Add dressing and lemon zest and stir to combine.
  3. Strip kale from its center rib, then tear into bite-sized pieces or slice thinly. Use your hands to massage leaves
    until tender, darker green, and glossy, 30 to 60 seconds.
  4. Add massaged kale, cucumber, edamame, and scallions to the quinoa and stir or toss to combine. Taste and adjust
    salt to taste.
  5. Transfer salad to a serving platter, then lay the slices of avocado on top. Scatter with furikake or toasted sesame seeds.

Notes: Toasted sesame oil is the sesame oil sold in Asian groceries or in the Asian section of supermarkets. Do not
use untoasted sesame oil (different flavor). Reduced sodium versions of soy sauce and tamari (which is gluten-free) is still high in sodium. May substitute 1⁄4 of an English cucumber for 1 Persian cucumber. Variation: May substitute other greens, if desired. If using baby greens, such as arugula, baby kale, or baby spinach, do not massage.

Japanese inspired quinoa salad with edamame 1

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