Edamame Quinoa Salad

By Cedar | March 3, 2013

I don’t usually shop the deli counter at our grocer (for those in the area, I mainly shop at Sprouts), but last week I was feeling a bit pressed for time and thought I would splurge on one of their prepared salads. Maybe it is the warming weather (It was 84 degrees yesterday!), and the fact that Spring is right around the corner, but I have been craving light and fresh tasting salads. This one really hit the spot, so I decided to recreate it. It was delicious on it’s own, but would be just as nice served alongside a sandwich or burger.

  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 2-3 stalks celery, chopped
  • 1 jalapeño, seeded and chopped
  • 1 (16 oz) bag frozen corn
  • 1 (12 oz) bag frozen shelled edamame
  • 4-5 cloves garlic, minced or pressed
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped cilantro
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • juice of 2 lemons
  • salt and pepper to taste

1. Cook quinoa. In a pot bring two cups of water to a boil. Add quinoa, cover, and reduce to a simmer. Cook for 15 minutes, or until cooked. Remove from heat, let cool.
2. In a large pan over medium heat warm 2 tablespoons olive oil. Add chopped onion, red bell pepper, celery, and jalapeño (I tried to chop things so that the pieces were close in size to the corn and edamame). Cook for a few minutes, stirring frequently. Add garlic. Cook veggies until softened, but not too soft, you want a little bit of bite left in them. Remove from heat and let cool.
3. In a small bowl stir together the olive oil, lemon juice, cilantro, salt and pepper.
4. Stir all ingredients together (including the cooled edamame and corn). Cover and refrigerate for at least two hours.

3 Responses to “Edamame Quinoa Salad”

  1. jill Says:
    March 25th, 2013 at 11:49 am

    Must be kidney that I found your blog! I too recently tried a grocery store deli edamame/quinoa salad on the 22nd & am looking for a similar recipe as it was the most delicious salad. Question, the ingredients list garlic twice. I think one of them is supposed to be cilantro as it is not included in the list. How much cilantro did you use?


    Cedar Reply:

    Oops, thanks for pointing that out. Yes, the half cup of garlic was supposed to be cilantro.


  2. jill Says:
    March 25th, 2013 at 11:50 am

    Sorry, I meant kismet not kidney (darn auto correct)