Asian Quinoa Salad

This Asian Quinoa Salad is light and fresh tasting and super quick and easy to make.

This Asian Quinoa Salad is made with green and red cabbage, carrot, cilantro, onion and quinoa all tossed in a delicious Asian ginger salad dressing

ASIAN CHOPPED SALAD

This Asian chopped salad is made with green and red cabbage, carrot, cilantro, onion and quinoa all tossed in a delicious Asian ginger salad dressing.

This Asian Quinoa Salad is made with green and red cabbage, carrot, cilantro, onion and quinoa all tossed in a delicious Asian ginger salad dressing

This Asian chopped salad is fresh, light, and perfect to serve as a side dish or a vegan main. It also travels well, so it’s perfect to take along to a barbecue or potluck.

ASIAN SALAD RECIPE

These Asian salad ingredients are pretty much the same as you’d find in an Asian cabbage salad, but we’ve tossed in some quinoa for extra protein, iron and fiber so you could either serve this salad as a healthy side or vegan main.

  • 3 cups red cabbage, sliced thin
  • 3 cups green cabbage, sliced thin
  • 1 cup cooked quinoa
  • 1 cup carrot, shredded
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1/3 cup almonds, sliced
  • 1/4 cup purple onion, sliced
  • Asian ginger salad dressing (recipe below)

HOW TO MAKE ASIAN SALAD

  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the cabbage, quinoa, carrots, cilantro, onion and almonds.
  2. Add enough Asian salad dressing to lightly coat and toss to combine.

ASIAN SALAD DRESSING RECIPE

This easy salad dressing comes together in about 5 minutes, but you’ll want to chill it in the refrigerator before tossing the salad with it.

  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4  cup seasoned rice vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons honey or pure maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons ginger, grated or finely minced
  • 2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
  • 1  clove garlic, finely minced

HOW TO MAKE ASIAN SALAD DRESSING

  1. Add the ingredients for the Asian dressing to a mason jar.  Tightly seal the lid and shake to combine.  Or add the ingredients to a bowl and whisk to combine.
  2. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste.
  3. Refrigerate until ready to use.

This Asian Quinoa Salad is made with green and red cabbage, carrot, cilantro, onion and quinoa all tossed in a delicious Asian ginger salad dressing

BENEFITS OF CABBAGE

Cabbage is a great source of vitamin C and vitamin B6, manganese, dietary fiber, potassium, vitamin and B1.  And even though it’s not as popular as kale or broccoli, cabbage is a nutrient dense cruciferous vegetable worthy of your attention.  The gorgeous vibrant purple hue of red cabbage comes from anti-inflammatory phytochemicals called anthocyanins.   

This Asian Quinoa Salad is made with green and red cabbage, carrot, cilantro, onion and quinoa all tossed in a delicious Asian ginger salad dressing

Cabbage also contains potent antioxidant and anti-cancer compounds called isothiocyanates—chemicals that give a boost to the body’s own natural detoxification process.   Cabbage is also rich in lutein and  zeaxanthin which help promote eye health and vitamin K, which is important for bone metabolism and to help ward-off Alzheimer’s disease.This Asian Quinoa Salad is made with green and red cabbage, carrot, cilantro, onion and quinoa all tossed in a delicious Asian ginger salad dressing

EASY SALAD RECIPES

This Asian Quinoa Salad is made with green and red cabbage, carrot, cilantro, onion and quinoa all tossed in a delicious Asian ginger salad dressing
Yield: Serves 6 - 8

Asian Quinoa Salad

Additional Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 3 cups red cabbage, sliced thin
  • 3 cups green cabbage, sliced thin
  • 1 cup cooked quinoa
  • 1 cup carrot, shredded
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1/3 cup almonds, sliced
  • 1/4 cup purple onion, sliced
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4  cup seasoned rice vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons honey or pure maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons ginger, grated or finely minced
  • 2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
  • 1  clove garlic, finely minced

Instructions

  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the cabbage, quinoa, carrots, cilantro, onion and almonds.
  2. Add enough Orange Ginger Vinaigrette to lightly coat and toss to combine.
For the Orange Ginger Vinaigrette
  1. Add the ingredients for the vinaigrette to a mason jar.  Tightly seal the lid and shake to combine.  Or add the ingredients to a bowl and whisk to combine.
  2. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste.
  3. Refrigerate until ready to use.

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