Nutty Ginger Tamari Quinoa Salad is filled with crunchy toasted pistachios, almonds and sunflower seeds tossed with brown rice, nutty red quinoa, fresh crisp Asian veggies and drizzled with a rock your world ginger tamari and sesame dressing.
Fun Textures of our Nutty Ginger Tamari Quinoa Salad
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. I love this Nutty Salad as it has loads of different textures between the tender rice and quinoa, crisp Asian veggies and crunchy toasty nuts. It is like a party going on in your mouth!
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.
A Salad that is more than boring lettuce
One great attribute of Nutty Ginger Tamari Quinoa Salad is the fact that it is very filling as 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 quinoa salad, why not add fruit and try our Quinoa Fruit Salad.
I had a couple of cups of cooked brown rice and just a little bit of quinoa left over so that went into my bowl. I sliced my veggies all the same size so that it was easy to eat this delightful chopped 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!
Great Salad for Meal Prepping and Lunches on the Go
If you decide to make your Nutty Ginger Tamari Quinoa Salad in advance, you may wish to make additional ginger tamari sesame dressing as it absorbs into the rice, quinoa and vegetables as it sets, just like what happens when you make pasta salad. 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.
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 because it is one completely delicious nutty dish power packed with antioxidant veggies, high protein nuts and seeds, red quinoa and warm ginger spice. 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
- 1/4 cup pistachios
- 1/4 cup almonds
- 2 tbsp sunflower seeds
- 2 cups Brown Rice
- 1 cup quinoa
- 1/2 cup red bell pepper
- 1/2 cup snow peas
- 1/2 cup baby corn chopped
- 1/2 cup edamame
- 1/2 cup peas previously frozen- thawed
Ginger Tamari Dressing
- 2 tbsp ginger freshly grated or 1 tsp dried
- 1 clove garlic
peeled and minced
- 6 tbsp tamari (soy) sauce
- 3 tsp sesame oil
- 3 tbsp olive oil
- 2 tsp maple syrup
or honey to taste
- 1/4 tsp 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.