Sunday, July 5, 2015

Asian Quinoa Slaw Salad





This festive Asian Quinoa Slaw will make a beautiful presentation at any BBQ. It's a colorful healthy recipe that includes shredded red cabbage, shredded carrots, crunchy pecans, raw sunflower seeds, sesame seeds and chopped green scallions and is mixed with a generous portion of flavorful tricolored quinoa and Asian dressing.

The healthy salad is perfect for any vegetarian, gluten free, or vegan guests , while the meat eaters will enjoy this salad as a complementary side dish to their grilled food.

Best of all, it's easy to make. Simply shred the cabbage and carrots yourself or if you are in a hurry you find bags of shredded cabbage and carrots in the supermarket.  Then you can just assemble this awesome salad in a jiffy!  The Asian dressing adds a delicious subtle sweet and tangy taste that makes it special.

Quinoa slaw salad


Although quinoa is relatively new on the American scene, the Incas have been eating this nourishing seed for thousands of years. It is considered a superfood because of it's amazing health benefits.

1. Quinoa is a complete protein that contains all nine essential amino acids.

2. Quinoa is higher in fiber than other grains.  Fiber helps lower cholesterol and glucose levels.  In addition fiber is necessary for proper elimination.

3.  Quinoa supplies  iron, lysine, B2, manganese and  magnesium - all needed for healthy metabolism and energy.

4. Quinoa is a nice alternative to rice and can be used in many of the same ways. Quinoa comes in different colors. There is red quinoa , cream colored quinoa and a tri colored quinoa that I buy in Trader Joe's . I like the tri colored the best.

5. Quinoa cooks quickly ( Takes about 10-15 minutes per cup of uncooked quinoa)

Quinoa Asian Slaw


How to make the Asian Quinoa Slaw Salad

Ingredients: 

6 cups of shredded red cabbage ( or 1 10 ounce bag)
2 cups of shredded carrots
2 cups of cooked quinoa  ( cook one cup of quinoa)
2/3 cup of green onions ( scallions)
1/2 cup of pecans or nuts of your choice ( slivered almonds?)
1/2 cup of raw sunflower seeds
1/4 cup toasted sesame seeds

Dressing:

1/4 cup of olive oil 
1/2 teaspoon sesame oil 
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1 Tablespoon agave or maple syrup
juice of one lemon
Optional: 2 tsp. Tamari Sauce ( I didn't use it) 

Directions: 
Assemble and mix the salad. Mix the dressing and toss into the salad



Bowl of shredded carrots, red cabbage and pecans and sesame seeds
All ingredients except the cooked quinoa and dressing before mixing

Red Cabbage and Carrot quinoa salad with asian dressing
Quinoa salad when mixed and dressed!

Tricolor quinoa from Trader Joe's

My notes:  

My daughter in law, Wendy, cooks her quinoa in vegetable broth instead of water. It comes out great! 

Substitute: This Asian Quinoa Salad is a basic recipe that is open to substitution. Change the flavor entirely by using  Italian vinaigrette instead of the Asian dressing

Try One Of My Other Favorite Summer Salads:
Jersey Corn and Tomato Salad

I made this salad using raw uncooked corn that I cut right off the cob- very sweet and crunchy- no need to boil any water
Fresh Corn and Tomato Salad


                                     
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31 comments:

  1. Excuse my ignorance, but could you please tell us how to strain the quinoa once cooked? It is so tiny it falls through the holes in a colander. I've used a tiny tea strainer, but that took forever!

    Thanks for a great blog and all of your work.

    Judith

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    1. Once it's cooked all the water evaporates and there is no need to strain it.
      If you want to wash and strain it before it cooks, use a very fine mesh strainer.

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  2. Thank you so much for a great recipe! I appreciate the dressing substitution idea, too! There is always Italian dressing on hand!

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    1. The recipe is great with all kinds of dressing. We are Italian dressing lovers,

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  3. This looks delicious, Judee--will definitely be making it this week. Our family loves quinoa and slaw:)

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    1. Quinoa and slaw is a perfect combination and it's easy enough to make too. Enjoy it.

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  4. This looks great, love a nice salad :)

    Thanks for sharing at Creative Mondays

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    1. Hi Claire,
      Thanks for hosting creative mondays. It's a great party.

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  5. My family is always looking for new ways to cook with Quinoa. I got my daughter in law really into it and I love that this recipe is so Diabetic friendly! I'd be thrilled if you'd come share it with us over at Country Fair Blog Party, a once a month link up. We would love to have you join us!
    Jan @ Tip Garden
    http://www.thetipgarden.com/2015/07/country-fair-blog-hop-july-15.html

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  6. Hi Jan,
    Thanks for letting me know about Country Fair Blog Party. I will stop by.

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  7. What a lovely looking salad. Thanks for sharing your recipe at the #AnythingGoes Link Party.

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    1. Hi, I am new to #Anything goes Link Party and I'm enjoying all the interesting recipe links

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  8. Hi there,
    I'm always looking for gluten-free recipes and this one with quinoa looks perfect. Thanks for the tip about cooking in broth rather than water. I think that probably makes the quinoa taste richer. Pinning for later!

    thanks,
    Carol

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    1. Carol,
      That is what I found by trying it both ways. The broth adds a very rich flavor.

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  9. Your Asian Quinoa Salad looks and sounds mouthwatering, I can't wait to try it. Thank you for sharing with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop! I hope you’ll join us again next week!

    Cheers,
    Kathy Shea Mormino
    The Chicken Chick
    http://www.The-Chicken-Chick.com

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    1. I really enjoy this salad. I hope that you do get to try it sometime.

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  10. Yum - sounds like this would be a great addition to our weekly sushi night!

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  11. Hi Judee,
    I just love the color and flavor of this awesome Salad. Hope you are having a great day and thanks so much for sharing your awesome post with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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    1. I agree. The color and texture of this salad is appealing and delicious

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  12. I love a good salad.Thanks for linking up to Pin Worthy Wednesday, I have pinned your post to the Pin Worthy Wednesday Pinterest Board.

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    1. I agree. I love a good salad and I think you will love this one for sure.

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  13. I am a big fan of slaw, but have never made one with quinoa. Thanks for this delicious sounding recipe. I'll be trying it.

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    1. It goes great with slaw and quinoa. I hope that you like it.

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  14. Looks delicious and healthy salad, thanks for sharing with Hearth and soul blog hop, pinning.

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    1. My pleasure. I love sharing on Hearth and Soul blog hop. It's one of my favorites

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  15. Hi Judee,
    We could eat this yummy Asian Quinoa Slaw Salad everyday in my house! Thank you for sharing this healthy and delicious recipe with us at the Healthy Happy Green and Natural Party Blog Hop. I'm pinning and sharing. I can't wait to see what you share with us next!

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    1. Thank you for pinning and sharing. I really appreciate it. I too could eat healthy salads everyday. This one is really good

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  16. Yummy and healthy. That's a win, win combination! Looks delish as well. Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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    1. It does have a lot of healthy ingredients and those ingredients do make it yummy.

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  17. What a beautiful salad that looks delish! Thanks for linking up to the Country Fair Blog Party this month. I do hope you will join us again in August.

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    1. I agree it is a beautiful salad and it tastes fabulous. I love it because it is basically a whole meal.

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