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Edamame Quinoa Salad Recipe

by Adrianne

Edamame Quinoa Salad is a delicious recipe that is easy to make. It is a healthy Asian style salad with crunchy edamame and nutritious quinoa. This tasty recipe has an edamame salad dressing you can make in 2 mins. You want this in your lunchbox! 

Edamame Quinoa Salad in a white bowl with servers above and drizzle to the left

Many moons ago now, I lived in Japan and was an English teacher for my job. It was a fantastic experience and one that I have cherished as the years have gone by. We ate A LOT of edamame during that time…we also drank a lot…haha, just kidding. It was moreso that each time we went out, we would start with a bowl of these beautiful little green bean pods and so I have fond memories of those occasions.

Here is Brisvegas Edamame is a popular choice if you go to a Japanese Restaurant but that is about the only place you tend to see them. If you remember from a post I did way back now, I sat and peeled a bowl of broad beans for a vegan Satay Mushroom Dish, well that was probably the last time I will do that as to be honest, it took bloody ages to do. But….recently I happened upon frozen edamame beans at my local grocery store and hence the origins of today’s salad were born.

About the recipe

  • The salad was looking drab with the primary ingredients of quinoa, bacon, eggs and chickpeas (needs colour stat!)
  • To solve the colour dilemma, green was a good choice, but peas can be boring sometimes!
  • I wanted this salad to be ‘week night possible’ and that means minimising chopping and peeling
  • The edamame beans provide colour and a variety of texture….perfect combination I realised!

You can see from the photos for this post, that whilst there are a few different ingredients in the mix, you are not really getting your hands (and kitchen!) dirty with dishes everywhere. The quinoa and eggs can use the same saucepan, albeit at different times. The bacon a simple tray in the oven. The chickpeas only need to be rinsed and the edamame heated in a microwave proof dish.

How to make Edamame Quinoa Salad

This is a healthy and easy salad to make with an Asian twist!

The edamame add pops of colour and are so simple to prepare.

Last week I started this salad on a Wednesday night as I had all of the ingredients and had just come in from yoga and wanted so badly to have a healthy homemade lunch on Thursday and Friday. I was able to whip this up, have my lunches covered and one dinner, you can even grill a bit of haloumi, through it on top and have it for a meal.

How to make dressing for quinoa salad recipes

Salad dressings can be so easy to make at home!

The dressing for this edamame quinoa salad is one of my favourites to make. It takes only 2 mins and combines just 3 ingredients. Boy does it taste GOOD! 

Edamame Quinoa Salad 2

The drizzle has fresh flavours – greek yoghurt, basil pesto and lemon juice, it is creamy, zesty and smooth!

Edamame Quinoa Salad in a white bowl with the dressing in the top left corner

When making a salad like this, I usually boil a few extra eggs as they are so handy to have in the fridge for when life gets busy!

Edamame Quinoa Salad in a white bowl with the dressing being poured into it

How to serve Edamame Quinoa Salad

Depending on the occasion for your Edamame Quinoa Salad, you can drizzle and toss ready to go or take the drizzle and dress just before serving.

It even works to have tossed and dressed the salad and then reheat portions for lunches during the week. It is very versatile in that sense.

Edamame Quinoa Salad zoomed image with servers at the top and dressing on the side

One of my favourite things about making these salads is knowing exactly what has gone into them. It is entirely possible otherwise to grab something out and about and only after loading up your fork do you thing about how fresh your dish is and what is in the dressing.

I find that making this on the weekend, means I can have Monday – Friday lunches sorted so when at work, you can grab, heat and eat.

Edamame Quinoa Salad

Edamame Quinoa Salad

Edamame Quinoa Salad is for lunch on Sweet Caramel Sunday! With simple ingredients and step by step instructions, you will have the method to be able to make this dish today! 
5 from 18 votes
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Course: Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine: Australian, International
Keyword: edamame quinoa salad
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 438kcal
Author: Adrianne

Ingredients

Edamame Quinoa Salad

  • 2 cups dried quinoa
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 200g edamame shelled
  • 4 eggs free range
  • 200 grams streaky bacon
  • 1 425g chickpeas

Basil Pesto Drizzle

  • 1 cup low fat greek yoghurt
  • 2 tbsp basil pesto
  • 1 tsp lemon juice

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 180 degrees. Place a wire rack over a lined baking tray and place bacon onto rack
  • Cook bacon for 20mins until crispy
  • In a medium sized saucepan, boil the eggs for 6 minutes. Then rinse, fill saucepan with cold water and peel when cooled
  • Use the same saucepan to cook the quinoa by adding the 4 cups of water and 2 cups of dried quinoa. Turn off heat once the water has been absorbed
  • When the bacon is cooled, chop into small pieces using kitchen scissors
  • When the eggs are peeled, finely slice 
  • Drain and rinse chickpeas 
  • Heat edamame for 3 minutes in the microwave 
  • Combine quinoa, edamame, eggs, bacon and chickpeas in a large salad bowl 

Basil Pesto Drizzle

  • Combine yoghurt, lemon juice and basil pesto in blender jug, blitz to combine. 

Notes

  • This salad can be served warm or cold
  • For a dinner option, grill some haloumi pieces and place on top 
  • I used tri colour quinoa but any colour will do
  • You will have extra drizzle than you need. This is so you can redrizzle if you are taking the salad to work for lunches etc 
  • Store bought basil pesto is fine - I use the Basil Pesto Dip from Aldi for mine (fridge section) 
  • The eggs will take 6 minutes to be hard boiled. If you want them to be a bit runnier, then cook them for 4 minutes instead. (They will be a bit messier, but then you get a lovely bit of runny yolk mixed into the dish!)

Nutrition

Calories: 438kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 133mg | Sodium: 335mg | Potassium: 425mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 295IU | Vitamin C: 0.3mg | Calcium: 100mg | Iron: 3.2mg
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Adrianne x
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55 comments

Sylvie August 5, 2018 - 6:40 am

So cool that you lived in Japan Adrianne, must have been an incredible experience! I am so obsessed with Edamame, they are like chips – once you start, you cant stop!

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Adrianne August 5, 2018 - 8:57 am

But much better for the hips than chips!

Thanks for stopping by Sylvie.

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Bernadette August 5, 2018 - 7:41 am

Yum! I adore edamame – little powerhouses! I would love this for my work lunch – definitely making this one ASAP x

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Adrianne August 5, 2018 - 8:56 am

Hey Bernadette,

Thanks for visiting my blog!

Love your positivity, I hope you enjoy it.

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rachaelstray August 6, 2018 - 9:49 am

This looks and sounds like the perfect dinner for the summer – fresh, colourful and tasty!

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Adrianne August 6, 2018 - 10:26 am

Hey Rachael, hope you had a good Monday! Cheers for your positivity.

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rachaelstray August 6, 2018 - 10:52 am

You too lovely 🙂

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Cassie August 7, 2018 - 5:21 am

I haven’t cooked with edamame before but I think it’s about time I rectified that situation – especially now you can buy it frozen and easily peeled 🙂 This salad looks amazing!

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Adrianne August 7, 2018 - 5:34 am

Thanks Cassie! It’s a tasty one for sure. Yep so easy. I got mine from Woolies.

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Danielle October 16, 2018 - 6:57 am

5 stars
What a delicious protein packed salad. I love the sound of the pesto drizzle too.

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Adrianne October 16, 2018 - 11:46 am

Thanks Danielle! Yes it’s a good combination.

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Shashi at SavorySpin October 16, 2018 - 8:51 am

5 stars
I love edamame but don’t eat it often though with this salad it would be easy to get my edamame fill!

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Adrianne October 16, 2018 - 11:47 am

Indeed Shashi. I get mine from the freezer section – near the frozen peas!

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Bintu | Recipes From A Pantry October 16, 2018 - 9:35 am

5 stars
I really should eat edamame more often – this salad has my mouth watering!

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Adrianne October 16, 2018 - 11:48 am

Hey Bintu, yes it is a nice change from other green veggies!

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Claudia Lamascolo October 16, 2018 - 11:25 am

5 stars
i love healthy dishes like this one and should eat it more often I tend to eat comfort foods and pack on the pounds in the fall this is a perfect alternative!

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Adrianne October 16, 2018 - 11:50 am

I know Claudia, me too! It is so easy to make your portions bigger without realising it. Better salad than fried foods!

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kim October 16, 2018 - 11:30 am

5 stars
I love the looks of this! I’m always looking for more salad ideas for easy, yet healthy, lunches. Will be giving this one a try very soon!

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Adrianne October 16, 2018 - 11:50 am

Thanks Kim. Hope you love it!

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Caroline December 9, 2018 - 1:59 am

5 stars
I do love edamame but rarely have it any way other than just to snack on, for some reason. This sounds yummy, like the sound of the pesto drizzle (and bacon always helps too!)

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Adrianne December 9, 2018 - 6:32 am

Thanks Caroline, haha yes bacon helps everything doesn’t it!!

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Cathy December 9, 2018 - 4:27 am

5 stars
I definitely will be trying this recipe for sure! The ingredients you have combined for this salad are right on key with my taste buds and I love edamame just have never had it other than as a treat at a Japanese restaurant. Hooray! For this recipe! Thx!

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Adrianne December 9, 2018 - 6:33 am

Cheers Cathy for your enthusiasm!! Yes, I got it in the freezer section which makes it sooooo easy. Cheers x

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Tracy December 9, 2018 - 5:02 am

5 stars
Oh wow this is GORGEOUS. So healthy but flavorful. I’m always looking for new ways to use endamame because my toddler LOVES it. When she first started to talk she called them “mommies” haha

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Adrianne December 9, 2018 - 6:34 am

OMG that is hilarious, yes I think the texture is just a bit different from peas, ie a bit harder, I love them too. Cheers for commenting 🙂

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Natalie December 9, 2018 - 5:17 am

5 stars
I love quinoa! This salad looks and sounds so delicious!

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Adrianne December 9, 2018 - 6:34 am

Thanks Nat, me too, it is so versatile! Cheers

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Marie December 9, 2018 - 9:37 am

5 stars
What a pretty and delicious looking salad! I love the photo where you are pouring the basil pesto drizzle over the salad. Quinoa is such a healthy and tasty ingredient. I don’t eat edamame nearly enough (I’ve never used it in cooking before), but I should. I’m going to add this to the list of recipes I need to try!

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Adrianne December 9, 2018 - 9:43 am

Awesome Marie. So glad you love my recipe. Hope you love the recipe!

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Mary Bostow December 9, 2018 - 9:58 am

5 stars
I just made this and am eating it right now and it is AMAZING! Thank you for such a great recipe! It’s a new family favorite.

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Adrianne December 9, 2018 - 9:59 am

Haha, glad you liked it Mary!! You are welcome 😄

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Marie-Charlotte Chatelain September 19, 2019 - 7:49 pm

5 stars
Ok, this is going straight onto my meal prep list! Minus the bacon – I got some coconut bacon to use up! YUMYUM! Mouth is already watering!

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Ashley @ Sweetpea Lifestyle September 19, 2019 - 7:54 pm

5 stars
Yum!!! This was so delicious!! Protein-packed lunch, made quick!

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Adrianne September 20, 2019 - 11:58 am

Perfect, great to hear, thanks Ashley!

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Kiki Johnson September 19, 2019 - 7:59 pm

5 stars
Am I putting this on my meal plan like RIGHT NOW? YES I AM!!! Total no-brainer and with the bacon – oh man, how can this not be amazing!

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Adrianne September 20, 2019 - 11:58 am

I know, the bacon!!! Right. It is soooo good. Thanks for your positive vibes. Cheers

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Deanne September 19, 2019 - 8:06 pm

5 stars
A perfect, meal prep protein packed lunch! I’m taking it for work again next week!

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Adrianne September 20, 2019 - 11:59 am

Awesome, great to hear Daneille!!! I love it for lunch at work as well!

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Andrea September 19, 2019 - 8:37 pm

5 stars
Hello delicious salad! Quinoa, Edamame and all the other delicious ingredients, including that drizzle! Yummy!

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Adrianne September 19, 2019 - 10:47 pm

Thanks Andrea!! It is one of my favourites.

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Bundaberg West Food Delivery and Takeaway QLD October 16, 2019 - 4:38 am

5 stars
Ohhh!! This recepie is damn good feel to eat everytime.

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