Edamame Quinoa Salad

This year is already going by way to fast.

I can’t believe that in a little less than 14 weeks (give or take a couple of weeks) I’m going to have a little girl.


I’ve crossed exactly nothing off my to do list to get prepared.  My purchases are limited to a couple of cute pink outfits.  Despite the fact that this is my 3rd child I need everything – and I haven’t even started looking.


I’m sure I’ll get it all done but it doesn’t make me feel so good when all of the other Mommies on my birth board are bragging that the only thing they have left to get is a high chair.

(Aren’t we like 9 months or more from actually needing a high chair? It’s most likely going to be 8 months and 29 days – or longer- before I even start thinking about a high chair.  I’m kinda feeling like an underachiever.)

But enough about my parenting deficiencies.

Let’s talk about something I’m doing a good job of – eating healthy.

After a few months of crappy eating I am solidly back on track.  I’m drinking my green smoothies, eating my salads and of course enjoying lots of quinoa!

This salad was another winner.   Healthy, filling and delicious.

Exactly what I need to fuel my extensive to-do list!

Edamame Quinoa Salad

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

Calories per serving: 246

Fat per serving: 5.6g

Edamame Quinoa Salad


  • 1 ½ cups frozen edamame, cooked according to package directions
  • 2 cups red cabbage, shredded
  • 2 cups cooked quinoa
  • 1 red pepper, seeded and diced small
  • 3/4 cup diced pineapple
  • ¼ cup raisins
  • 2 teaspoons almonds, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil OR 2 tablespoons water + ¾ teaspoon chia seeds
  • 1 teaspoon coconut palm sugar
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced


  1. If using chia gel in place of oil, combine chia seeds and water and mix well. Set aside until a gel forms.
  2. In a large bowl combine edamame, cabbage, quinoa, diced pepper, pineapple, raisins and almond.
  3. In a small bowl combine red wine vinegar, olive oil OR chia gel, coconut palm sugar, chili powder and garlic. Toss with quinoa mixture and serve either chilled or at room temperature.


With Chia Gel: Servings 4, Calories 246, Fat 2.46g, Carbohydrates 39.7g, Protein 11.2g, Cholesterol 0mg, Sodium 25mg, Fiber 6.5g, Sugars 12.6g, WW Points 6 With Oil: Servings 4, Calories 302, Fat 12.2g, Carbohydrates 39.4g, Protein 11g, Cholesterol 0mg, Sodium 25mg, Fiber 6.2g, Sugars 12.6g, WW Points 8


  • Lori


    I’m hoping that you are aware that edamame or soy of any kind is not a health food unless it is fermented. (Miso, Tempeh, Tamari, Natto) It’s a hormone disruptor for babies, kids, teens, adults, and can cause a whole host of problems. For some good information I’d recommend Kaayla Daniel’s book The Whole Soy Story or research at http://www.westonaprice.org o rhttp://www.mercola.com” target=”_blank”> ” target=”_blank”>rhttp://www.mercola.com o rhttp://www.naturalnews.com” target=”_blank”> ” target=”_blank”>rhttp://www.naturalnews.com or http://www.lifespa.com for a few places.

    Soy is everywhere and in everything but not because it is healthy. It’s because it is gov’t subsidized and touted as healthy. It predisposes babies and young girls to early puberty, thyroid disease and later on breast cancer. It can cause young boys to be sterile and affect infertility. It has not been proven to be effective for menopause and again sets women up for breast cancer. I know they say everything in moderation but I say as a health coach with the exception of soy!


  • Gabby

    Awww I wouldn't worry about those other moms, do things in your own time :)

    I got back on the really healthy eating train too, yay for us!

    Love this salad, especially the colours!
    My recent post healthy in a hurry: curry tomato spaghetti squash

    • Wendy Polisi

      Thanks Gabby! It is actually pretty funny because I was 100% one of those moms 8 years ago with my first. I had already stopped working at this point and spent my days shopping. I'm pretty sure I bought all his clothes for the first year before he was ever born! This time is going to be so different….

  • Ricki

    You're so funny! Um, the farthest thing from an "underachiever". . . !! And this salad looks perfect. I love pineapple in salads!

    • Wendy Polisi

      Thanks! I know – I'll get it all done and probably in a day or two. :)

      I'm on a huge pineapple kick right now!

  • Elizabeth

    Is there any way to substitute red wine vinegar and chili powder for something else? I didn't realize I was missing those items in my pantry and I do not want to ruin this meal! I was thinking about using just white vinegar and a little bit of hot sauce. Looks amazing though, I hope it turns out ok.

    • Wendy Polisi

      White vinegar isn't great in dressings. Do you have white wine vinegar? Or even lemon juice would be better. For the chili powder – do you have smoked paprika?

  • Carla

    Hello! This may be a stupid question, but when you say "2 cups cooked quinoa", do you mean 2C before or after cooking? If you mean after, is there a way to figure out how much to make uncooked to achieve 2 cups cooked?

    • Wendy Polisi

      2 cups cooked quinoa means 2 cups AFTER cooking. That is about 2/3 cups dry. If a recipe says 2 cups quinoa, cooked that would mean you needed 2 cups of dry quinoa.

  • Karl

    Lori you should read some of the stuff you referenced. Mercola.com specifically references cooked Edamame as safe in addition to the fermented forms. Chill out. This recipe is not some processed soy conspiracy.

  • Tracy

    My mother was hesitant about me making this for dinner because according to her she's not into the whole "healthy thing"… Well I'm sure glad she let in because she could not stop bragging about how delicious it was and it will now be part of our thanksgiving feast every year! I used half the serving of chili powder, substituted the raisins for cranberries, and added a little salt… Served it with some mesquite grilled chicken. Yuuuummmm!!!