Quinoa Edamame Salad

Anyone want to take a guess on how many nights I’ve slept in my bed in the last 16 days? That magic number would be 3. Right now, Sara and I are heading to Rexburg, Idaho to speak at the BYU-Idaho Business Summit (um, what?! I graduated in English!) The good news is that I get to visit my hardly-ever-visited sister and my even-hardlier-ever-visited nephews. And their dad. And my parents, who have gotten brave and are leaving their two little ones behind.

They may look like just dogs, but apparently they’re not just as good as real children, they’re better–they don’t ever talk back or ask for money. And I’m forced to talk to them on the phone.

So any-who, if you want to come and see us while we’re in town, we’ll be signing books at the following locations (and all of you Idaho Fall-ers, this is your shot!  We won’t be coming to Idaho Falls so come see us in Rexburg!):

June 15th (Hello, that’s TONIGHT!)
5:00 pm
Deseret Book
485 N 2ND E # 104
Rexburg, ID

June 16th
4:00-5:00 pm
BYU-I Bookstore
Rexburg, ID

If you guys have been reading the blog for longer than a year, you know that I’m not really summer’s #1 fan. I really don’t like to be hot and I don’t like bugs. But now that we’re going into our 4th summer of food blogging, I’ve discovered that from a food perspective, I actually love summer. I love the long, leisurely days when I can snap pictures whenever because the light is almost always good, the cheap, fresh produce, the fact that it’s socially acceptable to grill, and because of salads. I love them.

Sara and I recently got to try this salad straight from the source (more about that in a few weeks, we hope!) and I was completely expecting not to love it. I kind of thought I didn’t like edamame because every time I’ve had it, the beans were mushy. What I discovered is that I love edamame as long as they’re cooked JUST until they’re plump and bright green. In fact, if you use frozen edamame, they’ve almost always been blanched so you even just run them under some warm water or, in this salad, just toss the beans with the hot quinoa.

I know. Edamame? Quinoa? Are you really at Our Best Bites? You know you are because the dressing has cilantro, garlic, and lime juice.

This salad comes together super quickly and is a great side dish for a potluck or on a warm summer evening. I also love just eating the leftovers for a light-but-filling lunch.


P.S. Don’t forget to enter the World Market giveaway!!

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Sara Wells

Sara Wells co-founded Our Best Bites in 2008. She is the author of three Bestselling Cook Books, Best Bites: 150 Family Favorite RecipesSavoring the Seasons with Our Best Bites, and 400 Calories or Less from Our Best Bites. Sara’s work has been featured in many local and national news outlets and publications such as Parenting MagazineBetter Homes & GardensFine CookingThe Rachel Ray Show and the New York Times.

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Questions & Reviews

  1. This was delish!! We used lima beans because my mom can’t have any soy and it was so yum!! LOVED the dressing on it! Thanks for the healthy yumminess! You girls are awesome!

  2. I lvoed the flavor of this salad, but it turned out kind of runny like soup. What do you think I did wrong? I even drained the quinoa and soy beans before adding the dressing?!:{ JE

    1. Janell, that’s super weird. The only thing I can think of is that maybe the quinoa was maxed out on what it could absorb liquid-wise? Next time, maybe try adding a little less water when you cook it so it can absorb some of the liquid from the dressing. And that’s just my best guess, haha! 🙂

  3. Made this over Father’s day weekend, and was a HUGE hit! Can’t wait to make it again!!

    Quick question – most blogs list their comments from most recent at top to oldest at the bottom… is there a reason you ladies do the opposite? Would love to see the most recent first, so I can read reviews from folks that have made the recipe, just a suggestion 🙂

    1. Megan, I’m so glad you loved it! As for the comments, with most blogs I read, it goes oldest to newest. That’s funny. 🙂 I’d never even thought to do it the other way around.

  4. Love the edamame and quinoa, hate the consistency and flavor when I added the dressing- way to over-powering with vinegar and garlic taste and was too wet. I ended up rinsing it all in a fine strainer and it was then edible. I think the combo of the quinoa and edamame is genius, just not with this dressing.

  5. Another SUPER quick and easy quinoa edamame salad is to mix quinoa, edamame and pesto, mix and serve cold. I use a rice cooker and vegetable or chicken stock to cook the quinoa. Yum!

  6. Is “the source” Chef Brad? Because this recipe has Chef Brad written all over it, from the black quinoa to the flaxseed oil. You probably can’t answer that question, but I think it’d be great if that were the case; he’s in our ward and we love that guy….and his new cooking show on BYU-TV! I just discovered your site a couple of weeks ago and I’m loving all the recipes I’ve tried. We just had the Southwest Stuffed Bell Peppers last night for dinner and leftovers for lunch today. Can’t wait to try this fun recipe…thanks!

    1. Hahaha, Mary! You totally nailed it! He’s awesome and completely inspiring–he totally converted me to the wonders of grains. 🙂

  7. Yummy! I can’t wait to try this! I never use to like Quinoa until someone make it the right way, now I love it. Thanks for the healthy snack idea.

    1. Cold–just pop it in the fridge for a bit after you’re done making it.

  8. My new favorite recipe!! And…I haven’t even tried it yet. Can’t wait… Thanks!

  9. Costco is the best place (cheapest) for quinoa, it isnt black but is is yummy! They also have edamame in the freezer section that are delicious! Thanks for the recipe!

  10. I just have to comment on the dogs–my parents have 2 of the same type and same thing–they are their new children. They named the newest one “Emma Rose” for goodness sake! I love your blog! Thanks!

    1. Oh, my gosh, Natalie, that’s hilarious!! This whole thing totally cracks me up, especially since it seems to be happening with all my friends whose kids are all gone!

  11. I skipped class today to watch your presentation at BYU-I…so totally worth it! It was very interesting, and very well done. Can I say I thought you two were hilarious! Anyhow, thanks for coming!

    1. Oh, Cami, thank you so much!! I’m so glad that you came (even if you DID skip class, haha!) And yes, you can say that we were hilarious (although you could have thrown “gorgeous” in there and we wouldn’t hate you for it at all… 🙂 )

  12. I didn’t realize you were in Idaho. So am I. Funny. I found your site on the Internet with no clue where you were located. I’m not very familiar with quinoa. Is it like semolina? The dish look delicious (at least to me, who adores edamame!)

    1. Pam, we’re actually just visiting (well, Sara lives in Boise, but we’re on the other side of the state). Normally I’m in Louisiana.

      ANYWAY, quinoa is a really great, interesting grain. It’s super versatile–you could make it sweet like oatmeal for breakfast or use it in savory dishes or even as a super healthy, whole grain replacement for rice. I love it–it’s seriously my new favorite super food!

  13. Where would you find edamame unshelled? I have been looking for it but haven’t found it. Thanks!

    1. Jenni, I just found it in the freezer section. If your grocery store has an organic or healthy food section, you might want to try there. Good luck! 🙂

  14. I just adapted that same salad for a party tonight! Actually, mine is totally different now but it was a great starting point. Good luck with everything!

  15. So what is the difference between black and “regular” quinoa? I’ve only ever used the regular stuff.

    1. Camille–Not a huge difference. Black quinoa is super pretty and it has kind of a fruity fragrance to it while it’s cooking, but seriously, nothing big.

  16. I have some of this quinoa and have not known what to do with it!!! Now I’ve got some ideas:)!

    Oh- I hope I can come see you while you are here. I have a family bridal shower tonight, but I’m hoping for tomorrow!! Gotta have my book signed, right?

  17. Such short notice for us SE Idahoans!! If you stop in IF for Cafe Rio, let me know, otherwise I might miss my chance since tonight is already booked and tomorrow isn’t looking so hot either!

  18. Never had quinoa, but have been dying to try it. This recipe looks good. You’ll love Rexburg today, though. Summer hasn’t made it here yet. Still spring and still thinking about that too. Haha!

  19. How cilantro-y is this? I’m really not a fan of cilantro, but I love quinoa and edamame & would LOVE to have a salad recipe that incorporates both!

    1. I just made this, it’s not too strong on the cilantro. You could even lessen the amount in the recipe and it would still be great.

  20. Quinoa is a super star and this is such a simple and healthy dish! I love getting your recipes, they make me happy:)

  21. I love getting my recipe each day. I love the world market idea. The mango salad is to die for.

  22. I am a big quinoa fan! I LOVED your quinoa and mango salad and have in fact been meaning to email you and see if you had any more delish quinoa recipes and here one is! Keep them coming, you girls are the best!

  23. I can’t wait to try this! I have been on the lookout for healthy and filling lunch and snack options and this looks great!