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Asian Quinoa Salad

I love the crunchy ingredients in this Asian Quinoa Salad that has sugar snap peas, red bell peppers, celery, and peanuts! Quinoa isn’t super low in carbs but it’s low-glycemic, high in protein, and has fiber so if you check the net carbs you might be pleasantly surprised.  

PIN this tasty quinoa salad with Asian flavors!

finished Asian Quinoa Salad in bowl with serving plates

This blog is about the food (and not about me) and I work pretty hard to keep it that way.  But since many of you will be seeing this recipe for Asian Quinoa Salad on Mother’s Day, I do want to say a little about my amazing mom, who died far too young and left a hole in the hearts of her children that can probably never be filled.

Now I attempt to forget about that hole by spending time with the grandkids and great grandkids my mom never met or didn’t get to spend nearly enough time with, and I think often about how blessed we were to have a loving, talented, and generous mom who put her children’s needs above her own and literally would have done anything for us. If you’re lucky enough to be spending Mother’s day with your mom, do everything you can to pamper and appreciate her, because you have no idea how much you’ll miss her when she’s gone.  And if you’re a mom yourself, I hope you’re having a wonderful day with your kids.

The internet and quinoa were two things my mom never did experience, but mom was a healthy eater who loved vegetables, and I have a feeling she would have liked this salad.  Jake and I tested this recipe after a long day of trying other dishes, and it took us two tries to get a dressing we liked, but that didn’t stop us both from eating a good-sized bowl of it.

Ingredients Needed for this Salad:

  • quinoa
  •  vegetable broth
  •  sugar snap peas
  •  celery
  •  red bell pepper
  •   green onion
  •  peanuts
  •  soy sauce 
  •  ground ginger root
  •  rice vinegar
  •  sesame oil
  •  Golden Monkfruit Sweetener
  •  avocado oil

Asian Quinoa Salad found on KalynsKitchen.com

How to Make Asian Quinoa Salad:

(Scroll down for complete recipe with nutritional information.)

  1. Nearly all quinoa needs to be rinsed, so put it in a wire-mesh strainer and rinse with cold water.
  2. Bring 2 cups vegetable broth to a low boil, stir in the rinsed quinoa, reduce heat to a low simmer, and cook covered for 15 minutes. 
  3. Then turn off heat and let it sit for 5 minutes more.
  4. While the quinoa cooks, thinly slice the sugar snap peas and celery, chop the red bell pepper, and slice the green onions.  (Chopping by Jake, he is a master!)
  5. When the quinoa is done, fluff it with a fork. Dump the quinoa into a bowl (big enough to hold all the ingredients) and let it cool while you make the dressing.
  6. You can certainly use freshly grated ginger root in this, but for dressings I love this Spice World Ground Ginger Root (affiliate link) found by the Asian foods or in the produce department of many grocery stores.
  7. Whisk together the soy sauce, ginger puree, rice vinegar, sesame oil, and Golden Monkfruit Sweetener (affiliate link) or sweetener of your choice, and then whisk in the oil.
  8. Chop up enough peanuts to make about 1/2 cup chopped peanuts.
  9. When the quinoa is pretty cool, stir in about three tablespoons of the dressing.
  10. Stir in the chopped vegetables, add more dressing until the salad seems moist enough for you, and stir in the peanuts.
  11. Serve right away or refrigerate for a few hours; enjoy!

Asian Quinoa Salad square photo of finished salad in bowl

More Tasty Quinoa Salad Recipes:

Southwestern Quinoa Salad with Black Beans ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Quinoa Tabbouleh Salad ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Quinoa Salad with Avocado, Radishes, and Cucumbers ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen

finished Asian Quinoa Salad in bowl with serving plates

Asian Quinoa Salad

Yield 6 servings
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes

I love the Asian flavors and the crunchy ingredients in this Asian Quinoa Salad.



  • 1 cup quinoa, rinsed well
  • 2 cups vegetable broth (see notes)
  • 1 1/2 cups diagonally sliced sugar snap peas
  • 1 cup diagonally sliced celery
  • 1 red bell pepper, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup diagonally sliced green onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped peanuts

Dressing Ingredients

  • 2 T soy sauce (see notes)
  • 1 tsp. ground ginger root
  • 1 tsp. rice vinegar
  • 1 tsp. sesame oil
  • 1 tsp. Golden Monkfruit Sweetener
  • 3 T avocado oil (see notes)
  • (This will probably make more dressing than you need, but it’s good over rice or cooked vegetables.)


  1. Put the quinoa in a wire-mesh strainer and rinse well.  (This removes a bitter coating on the quinoa.)
  2. Bring the vegetable stock to a low boil in a pan with a tight-fitting lid.
  3. When it boils, stir in the quinoa, reduce the heat to a low simmer, cover the pan, and cook 15 minutes.
  4. Turn off the heat and let it sit covered for 5 minutes more.
  5. While the quinoa cooks, cut the sugar snap peas, celery, and green onions into thin diagonal slices and chop the red bell pepper into small pieces.
  6. When the quinoa is done, fluff it with a fork.  Dump the cooked quinoa into a bowl (big enough to hold all the ingredients) and let it cool while you prep the other ingredients.
  7. To make the dressing, whisk together the soy sauce, ginger puree, rice vinegar, sesame oil, and Golden Monkfruit sweetener and then whisk in the avocado oil.
  8. Chop enough peanuts to make 1/2 cup chopped peanuts.
  9. When the quinoa has cooled about 15 minutes, add about 3 tablespoons dressing to the bowl and stir to lightly coat the quinoa with dressing.
  10. Stir in the vegetables and chopped peanuts, adding a little more dressing as desired.
  11. Serve right away or chill for an hour or two before serving.


I used  Ground Ginger Root from a jar for this recipe. I used a 14 oz. can of vegetable broth and added a little water to make 2 cups. Low sodium soy sauce is fine for this; use Gluten-Free Soy Sauce (affiliate link) if needed. I'm a fan of Golden Monkfruit Sweetener (affiliate link), but use any sweetener you prefer. If you don't have Avocado Oil (affiliate link) use any neutral-flavored vegetable oil.

This kept pretty well overnight in the fridge, although I thought it was best freshly made.

Recipe created by Kalyn.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 213Total Fat: 15gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 584mgCarbohydrates: 16gFiber: 4gSugar: 4gProtein: 7g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated by the Recipe Plug-In I am using. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee 100% accuracy, since many variables affect those calculations.

If you make this recipe I'd love to hear how it turns out. Leave a star rating or share on social media with the hashtag #KALYNSKITCHEN, thanks!

Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
This Asian Quinoa Salad has lots of low-glycemic vegetables and quinoa is a low-glycemic seed, but it’s restricted to Phase 2 or 3 for the original South Beach Diet and is probably a bit high in carbs for traditional low-carb eating plans, but check the net carbs and see what you think!

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    21 Comments on “Asian Quinoa Salad”

  1. Four years now I have been making Asian Quinoa Salad at least once a month and I usually share it with a girlfriend and they love it as much as I do. In 2016 I had arrived back from living in El Valle Sagrado del Incas outside of Cusco where I saw quinoa growing. It grows on tall stalks similar to corn.

  2. So glad you have been enjoying it so much!

  3. This is my new favorite salad. I find it to be just as delicious 3-4 days later, if it lasts that long! I will be taking this to our family reunion picnic! YUM!!! Thanks you!

  4. Emily so glad you've been enjoying it!

  5. I've made this twice now – delicious!

  6. Glad you are enjoying it!

  7. chowing down on this right now. Delicious!

  8. Katie, I'm trying to eat it more often myself! Miss my mom so much, but so grateful to have had such a good one.

  9. I love quinoa and don't eat it nearly often enough. Love this salad, too. Lovely words about your mom… nice that you're passing it on.

  10. Lydia, this is the second time I've used it lately, and I am really like it.

  11. I certainly don't use quinoa often enough in salads, and it's so easy to make a batch in the rice cooker and have it on hand. Thanks for the reminder to do that more often.

  12. Thanks Helen. She was such a wonderful mom. I guess I was lucky to have her for so long, but I sure miss her now.

  13. I am so sorry to read this. You talk with great respect about your mom. She must have been an amazing person.

    We are trying to eat more Quinoa in the house. Thanks for sharing.

  14. I just realized that my comment about still having my mom probably sounded thoughtless and heartless. My sincere apologies, Kalyn. My heart truly goes out to you and others who don't have your moms. Thinking about life without my mom is very difficult.

    Many gluten-free newbies trust the "gluten-free" label on a recipe and don't know all the places gluten lurks when first diagnosed. But even as a veteran, I expect a gluten-free recipe to contain all gluten-free ingredients or note when a gluten-free version of an ingredient needs to be used. It's the safest route to go for readers for sure. I love that so many of your wonderfulrecipes are naturally gluten free or easily made so. 🙂


  15. Hi Wanda; I'm glad you had a nice Mother's Day with the family.

    Thanks Shirley. Yes, you are lucky to still have your mom. I assume that people who are gluten-free use gluten-free soy sauce, but maybe I need to specify.

  16. Such a sweet tribute to your mom, Kalyn, and a great reminder to treasure our moms. I'm so lucky to still have mine!

    This salad looks really terrific, but it would only be gluten free IF folks use gluten-free soy sauce. Most soy sauce is not gluten free because it contains wheat. There are gluten-free options from familiar companies like San-J and Kikkoman, but not all their soy sauces are gluten free.

    Have a great week!

  17. Shared a delightful Mothers Day brunch at Silver Fork in the canyon today with my sons and grandkids. The restaurant power and generator failed after all the snow and wind, but we were happy to wait; then ate too much. After all that food, your refreshing quinoa salad and vegetables is just what I need to get back to eating lighter this week. I love all the ingredients.
    Kalyn, your story of your mother is touching.

  18. OMG i just discovered this blog and im totally in love!!! iM GOING TO MAKE EVERYTHING!!……………… 🙂

  19. Thanks Joanne. She truly was such a wonderful person; I hit the jackpot in the parents department.

  20. Your mom sounds amazing and it is such a shame she didn't get to meet all of her wonderful grandkids! Such a sweet post.

    As for the salad, this definitely sounds like something I would gobble up! I've really been on an Asian kick lately.