Nutty Ginger Tamari Quinoa Salad is filled with crunchy toasted pistachios, almonds, sunflower seeds, brown rice, red quinoa, fresh crisp Asian veggies and drizzled with a ginger tamari and sesame dressing.
You are just going to love this quick and easy Salad as it is packed with loads of high protein toasty nuts. It tastes great either warm or cold and is very portable to bring for work or school lunches.
In addition this Nutty Salad has loads of different textures. The tender rice and quinoa along with the crisp Asian veggies and crunchy toasty nuts. It is like a party going on in your mouth! If you love a salad with fun textures, you are going to love our Quinoa Harvest Salad.
Nutty Ginger Tamari Quinoa Salad is also gluten-free, dairy free, egg free and vegan.
Getting back on the clean eating band wagon does not need to be boring, in fact you will love to eat this clean eating Salad just because it tastes that good... Really! If you are into salads, come on over and follow my Sensational Salad board on Pinterest.
I know we have all eaten just a few too many holiday cookies, cakes, cheesy dips and more cocktails and mocktails that you can shake a stick at this holiday season. There is no need to go on a diet but maybe start to look at eating foods that count, no more empty calorie items without vitamins and minerals. Check out our Jump Start MindFUL Eating for more helpful hints.
More than Boring Lettuce
One great attribute of Nutty Ginger Tamari Quinoa Salad is the fact that it is very filling. The nuts give you lots of protein and make you feel satisfied much longer. In addition, this is a great opportunity to clean out your crisper, freezer and refrigerator. Use the veggies you have on hand. If you love the idea of a quinoa salad, why not add fruit and try our Quinoa Fruit Salad.
Ginger Tamari Dressing
The ginger Tamari dressing is so easy to make and super tasty in this dish. Ginger, garlic, tamari sauce, sesame oil, white pepper, olive oil and a drizzle of honey makes this salad rock.
You actually might want to make a double batch of this dressing because it keeps for at least a week in the refrigerator and it is also great over grilled salmon. Just saying! Our 10 Different Ways to Enjoy Salmon will help you decide how you want to prepare it.
Meal Prepping and Lunches
If you decide to make your Nutty Ginger Tamari Quinoa Salad in advance, you may wish to make additional ginger tamari sesame dressing. The reason being is it absorbs into the rice, quinoa and vegetables as it sets.
In addition. I would also hold the nuts and toss just in when you are ready to serve just so they stay extra crunchy. This delicious side dish or main will stay fresh in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
How to Serve
I actually prefer to eat this Salad at room temperature or chilled but my boys love it hot as a side dish. It can be called a salad, a side dish or even a vegan main dish. If you want to make this recipe vegan, just swap the honey with maple syrup or sugar alternative of choice.
Tonight I am serving this delicious Nutty Ginger Tamari Quinoa Salad along with some Turmeric Pork Skewers and loads of fresh grilled vegetables.
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Nutty Ginger Tamari Quinoa Salad
- ¼ cup pistachios
- ¼ cup almonds
- 2 tablespoon sunflower seeds
- 2 cups Brown Rice
- 1 cup quinoa
- ½ cup red bell pepper
- ½ cup snow peas
- ½ cup baby corn chopped
- ½ cup edamame
- ½ cup peas previously frozen- thawed
Ginger Tamari Dressing
- 2 tablespoon ginger freshly grated or 1 teaspoon dried
- 1 clove garlic
peeled and minced
- 6 tablespoon tamari (soy) sauce
- 3 teaspoon sesame oil
- 3 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 teaspoon maple syrup
or honey to taste
- ¼ teaspoon white pepper
- Add shelled pistachios, almonds and shelled sunflower seeds to a dry pan and toast just until warm and golden. Set aside. to cool. Roughly chop pistachio nuts and almonds.
- Make the Ginger Tamari Sauce: In a food processor, mix ginger, garlic, tamari sauce, sesame oil, olive oil, honey and white pepper until emulsified. Taste and adjust seasoning as desired.
- Add the cooked brown rice, cooked red quinoa, chopped red bell pepper, snow peas and baby corn to bowl.Add thawed frozen edamame and peas. Toss to mix well. Add the ginger tamari sauce, chopped pistachio nuts, almonds and sunflower seeds and toss well.
- Enjoy Nutty Ginger Tamari Quinoa Salad either chilled, room temperature or even heated through for a delightful side dish or even hearty main vegan dish.
What a creative side dish.
This looks colorful and yum. I would like to dig in a bowl of this right now.
Chinese Character Translation says
I would enjoy your recipe no matter if served as a salad or side…it sounds terrific.
Healthy World Cuisine says
Thank you, your going to love all the textures and flavors of this salad. Great to make ahead for work or school lunches.
Hi Bobby Happy new Year!
This is perfect timing – I’ve been needing more quinoa recipes to try!
What a wonderful combination of flavors and textures! I want to make it right away 🙂
Robyn @ Simply Fresh Dinners says
Oh my goodness, Bobbi, I'm just loving this dish! I would like it hot, cold or room temp - just please give it to me! The dressing is fabulous and the ingredients, colour and texture are the best. This is going to take the internet by storm because it's the best quinoa salad ever! Sharing all over 🙂
Jasline @ Foodie Baker says
Who says healthy food cannot be delicious? Just by looking at the ingredients I know that it's bursting with flavours in every spoonful! I definitely need a bowl of this to clean my system of all the feast I've had over the past few weeks. :p Happy happy new year to you and your family Bobbi! You've been such an amazing friend and I'm so happy to have met you last year! Hopefully we'll have a chance to meet up again in the future. Have a great 2016 ahead, take care!
In love with dressing. Looks so delicious and flavorful. Amazing clicks. Happy New Year!
The Foodie Affair says
Happy New Year, Bobbi! What a delicious healthy dish to dive into! I ate a green salad that had edamame in it and loved the hearty texture, so I know I'll love this dish - that dressing looks marvelous!
Happy New Year! WAY too many holiday cookies here -- so we need healthy dishes like this. Lot of flavor in this! Really nice -- thanks.
What a lovely and delicious way to kick start the year. Happy new year to you and all your loved ones.
Evelyne CulturEatz says
Amazing sounding and looking salad, the flavors are right up my alley and I love pistachios. Great comment on no diets just better choice of nutritional foods.
Perfect recipe for my New Year resolution! And so pretty - love the baby corn looking like little flowers 🙂 Hope your start into the 2016 was amazing, Bobbi! XOXO
Anna @ shenANNAgans says
Bobbi, this salad is a beauty indeed! I have been a little rogue with my eating lately, could certainly go a bowl of this deliciousness right now. 🙂