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Loaded Quinoa and Edamame Salad

Loaded Quinoa and Edamame Salad ~ Quinoa and Edamame in a red wine vinaigrette packed with corn, peppers, celery, onions, and feta cheese.Loaded Quinoa and Edamame Salad ~ Quinoa and Edamame in a red wine vinaigrette packed with corn, peppers, celery, onions, and feta cheese ~ The Complete SavoristYou know how Facebook reminds you what you have posted over the years each day? I enjoy looking at these posts. Well, sometimes I am embarrassed by these posts. But this time of year they are all exciting because of my daughter’s birthday.

She is 6 today, so my ‘on this day’ has been full of posts celebrating my daughter, Mother’s day, and loaded with pictures of friends and family. They have been fun to look at. Quite a few of her past birthdays have been spent in California.

Last year was a rough trip. We scheduled our trip and then had to leave 5 days early for a family emergency. We almost lost my grandfather. Tuesday, Elizabeth and I put my grandparents on a plane back to California after a week long visit. What a difference a year makes.

It was at last year’s California trip that I first tried the salad that inspired this dish. My aunt ran up to the local grocery store deli to get some sides for a quick family dinner one night after visiting my grandfather in the hospital. Each ingredient was easy to identify and the dressing was clearly a red wine vinaigrette. Simple enough.Loaded Quinoa and Edamame Salad ~ Quinoa and Edamame in a red wine vinaigrette packed with corn, peppers, celery, onions, and feta cheese ~ The Complete SavoristTo be honest, I’d long forgotten about this salad. As I do, I take pictures of food on my phone all the time. I see a dish in a deli case, snap. A menu, snap. I’ve even taken pictures of food off the tv that look good to me (yes, I’m crazy.) If there is nothing to snap, I will make a note and save it. While cleaning up my phone a couple of weeks ago, attempting to free up some space, I came across a note I wrote about this dish. Since finding it, I’ve not stopped thinking about it. I had to make it.

So here it is. It’s simple enough to make, the longest step being the mandatory hour chill-out in the fridge. Quinoa cooks in 2o or so minutes, and you can prep all the vegetables while it cooks. Once it is cooked and cooling, make the vinaigrette. Toss it all together and chill. Easy. This is vegetarian dish, but if you want to make it vegan, omit the feta and swap the honey (in the dressing) for either sugar or agave. If you want to add animal protein, some cubed grilled chicken would be great (and use chicken broth in the quinoa instead of vegetable).Loaded Quinoa and Edamame Salad ~ Quinoa and Edamame in a red wine vinaigrette packed with corn, peppers, celery, onions, and feta cheese ~ The Complete Savorist

Loaded Quinoa and Edamame Salad

Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6 -8
Author: Michelle De La Cerda


  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 1-14.5 oz can vegetable broth
  • 1.5 oz water
  • 2 cups edamame
  • 1 1/2 cup corn
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery (about 2 ribs)
  • 3/4 cup chopped red onion
  • 1 medium-large red bell pepper; chopped
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 6 oz crumbled feta cheese


  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp dijon mustard
  • 1 1/2 tsp honey
  • 1/8 tsp black pepper; to taste
  • 1/4 tsp salt ; to taste
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil


  1. In a medium sauce pan, mix the broth, water, and quinoa together.
  2. Over medium heat, bring to a boil.
  3. Boil for 5 minutes, stirring constantly.
  4. Reduce heat to low, cover and cook 15-20 minutes.
  5. Once all the water has been absorbed, fluff with a fork and allow to cool (to cool quickly, transfer to a baking sheet in a thin layer.)
  6. Prep all the vegetables.
  7. Toss the quinoa, vegetables, cilantro, and feta together.


  1. To a small bowl, add the vinegar, mustard, honey, salt and pepper, and whisk together.
  2. While whisking, slowly add the olive oil until it has emulsified or combined and thickened.
  3. Pour the vinaigrette over the salad and stir until the entire salad has been coated.
  4. Cover and chill for one hour.
  5. Serve and enjoy.

Loaded Quinoa and Edamame Salad ~ Quinoa and Edamame in a red wine vinaigrette packed with corn, peppers, celery, onions, and feta cheese ~ The Complete SavoristLoaded Quinoa and Edamame Salad ~ Quinoa and Edamame in a red wine vinaigrette packed with corn, peppers, celery, onions, and feta cheese ~ The Complete Savorist


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    May 12, 2016 at 2:22 pm

    This is the kind of dish I love to eat for lunch and would make a delicious side dish.

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    The Food Hunter
    May 12, 2016 at 2:35 pm

    all my favorite things in one dish! Love it.

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    May 12, 2016 at 4:56 pm

    Oh I love to make dishes like this for a nice healthy lunch during the week!

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    Sheila @ Life, Love, and Good Food
    May 12, 2016 at 6:13 pm

    What a beautiful salad!

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    Amanda | The Chunky Chef
    May 12, 2016 at 6:20 pm

    This looks so healthy and delicious… perfect for a lunch!!

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    Nettie Moore
    May 12, 2016 at 6:50 pm

    Love Edamame, never thought to put it in a salad! Wow!

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    Patricia @ Grab a Plate
    May 12, 2016 at 8:46 pm

    This is so pretty and colorful! I’m a huge edamame fan, and this is all tied together nicely with the vinaigrette. Yum!

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    Debra C.
    May 12, 2016 at 9:01 pm

    All kinds of yummy crunchiness in this salad – looks just delicious.

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    Adriana Lopez-Martin
    May 12, 2016 at 11:19 pm

    What a beautiful salad, with perfect balance of flavors and so many different textures, would love to try!

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    Kimberly @ The Daring Gourmet
    May 12, 2016 at 11:48 pm

    What a healthy and delicious sounding salad, it looks terrific!

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    May 13, 2016 at 12:19 am

    This is actually my idea of the perfect lunch! Heaven! I need to make this, soon!

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    May 13, 2016 at 7:03 am

    Dear Michelle, this is a perfect summer salad…my friends and I would love it! Saving for later. xo, Catherine

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    May 13, 2016 at 8:02 am

    Love doing fun things with edamane and this salad is a perfect vehicle for them. YUM!

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    May 13, 2016 at 9:24 am

    I could eat edamame every day!! This sounds really yummy!

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    Joanne/WineLady Cooks
    May 13, 2016 at 9:25 am

    This is definitely a Loaded Salad, I love everything about it from start to finish and I’ll be having it for dinner. Great post, so glad I’m not the only one snapping away and making notes. I just forget to go through it all. LOL!

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    Debi at Life Currents
    May 13, 2016 at 10:11 am

    This looks delicious! So full of nutrition and flavors. I bet this keeps you nice and full for a long time. It looks like a great dish to take to a summer potluck of BBQ. You know, sneak in a little healthy dish!

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    Citra Kale @Citra's Home Diary
    May 13, 2016 at 12:11 pm

    This is looking great! seems would be my new favorite with all those edamame I like…

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    Shelley @ Two Healthy Kitchens
    May 13, 2016 at 6:45 pm

    Oh my gosh – I do exactly the same thing – snap pic after pic on my phone of restaurant meals, prepared salads … anything that inspires me! And then … I usually forget all about them! So glad you dredged up that photo and got inspired to actually bring this salad to life – looks so amazing! And I hope your daughter had a wonderful birthday!! 😀

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    May 13, 2016 at 11:06 pm

    This is a perfect summer meal! I love all the ingredients you put together!

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    Chrisy @ Homemade Hooplah
    May 13, 2016 at 11:41 pm

    Always love finding new ways to have quinoa 😀 And happy birthday to your daughter!

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    Kim Beaulieu
    May 14, 2016 at 1:13 am

    I love this recipe. Quinoa is so fabulous, especially when mixed with yummy veggies.

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    May 14, 2016 at 6:07 pm

    I love edamame and quinoa but I’ve never had them together before! I can’t wait to give this salad a try!

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    May 16, 2016 at 2:00 pm

    Wonderful recipe! I like your blog. Thanks for sharing 🙂

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    Del's cooking twist
    May 17, 2016 at 2:09 pm

    Quinoa is a huge favorite of mine. Love this recipe! 🙂

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    Psychic Nest
    May 18, 2016 at 10:10 am

    Hi Michelle,

    Healthy, colorful and fun salad to make! Oh my, I really need to make it. I cannot keep my eyes off your beautiful photos!


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      Michelle De La Cerda
      May 18, 2016 at 10:58 am

      Thank you Zaria! What I love most about this salad is it doesn’t taste “healthy.” Thank you for stopping by.

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