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.
Happy New Year Bobbi! Yummy recipe to start the year!
Mary Frances says
I used to have quinoa all the time, but lately not as much. I'll have to make this so I can pretend it's Spring instead of below freezing! Happy New Year Bobbi!
I can see myself enjoying this as a side-dish for dinner and then having the leftovers as a salad for lunch. I do like the sound of the tamari and ginger dressing flavoured with white peppercorns - I have about a kilo of white peppercorns so am keen to use them wherever possible! xx
Buongiorno, BAM! Your timing is impeccable, as always. I've been looking for new meals to prepare for lunch. I've been in a rut of late and then I came here to find this truly appealing salad. I really am going to give it a try. Unlike you, I've few, if any, of the ingredients on-hand but a trip to the market will easily handle that. I've printed and pinned the recipe. This is one that's not going to get away. 🙂
Culinary Flavors says
I love the versatility of this dish and its nutritious value! I would probably eat it as a main! Pinned and stumbled my friend!
Tandy | Lavender and Lime says
I have not had breakfast yet and this has made my stomach grumble - in the best possible way 🙂
Norma Chang says
I would eat this as a meal, love the sliced baby corn disks touch. This will be a wonderful dish to bring to a potluck, making note.
Clean eating would never be boring eating dishes like this. So much flavor going on and the textures are just wonderful. What a great way to start off 2016! Hope you had a wonderful holiday season and things are starting off well in the New Year! Time to look forward to Chinese New Year! ; )
I would enjoy your recipe no matter if served as a salad or side…it sounds terrific.
Wow! What a beautiful.salad! I'm loving everything about this salad especially the ginger dressing. You know I have weakness for ginger 🙂
Looks delicious - happy and healthy new year to you!
Bobbi, this salad is simply stunning! The colors and textures are just gorgeous! I could certainly use a healthy dish like these after the holiday gorging I've done 😉 Wishing you a very happy New Year my dear.
First of all, a very Happy and healthy New Year!! And this surely is the first recipe for my 2016 which will be printed out in about 60 seconds and made asap . . . absolutely wonderful combination of flavours and the dressing just a little different to similar ones I use - wonderful to have ready for other salad recipes also since I have at least one full salad and one or two side ones most days. Hope HK weather behaving and not too dull: the cold one can take 🙂 !
Great pour shots!! Also this recipe looks absolutely delicious 🙂
Hi Bam, bring on the salads, I have everything to make this right now. love the dressing, I could eat a bowl of it. Happy New Year!