This crunchy, savory salad contains complete proteins with edamame, almonds, seeds, and quinoa plus the benefits of the fermented miso and vinegar.
Add in the cruciferous powerhouses and the phytonutrients of the colorful carrots and red cabbage and you have good medicine in a bowl. The salad gets better with time so make ahead if possible so the flavors can combine. Make sure to pack a bowl in your lunch box too!!
- ½ cup quinoa, rinsed
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup shelled edamame
- 1 ½ cup shredded white cabbage
- ½ cup shredded red cabbage
- 1 cup of shredded carrots
- 3 green onions sliced thin, green, and white parts.
- ½ cup slivered almonds
- ¼ cup fresh cilantro leaves
- 2 T toasted sesame oil
- 3 tsp rice vinegar
- 2 t grated ginger
- 1 t white miso
- 2 t sesame seeds
Cook quinoa according to package directions then cool. Make dressing and combine well. Set aside. Combine all fresh ingredients in a large bowl and mix with clean hands to combine. Add edamame, slivered almonds, and fresh cilantro. Mix well. Add dressing to ingredients and mix well. Cover salad and place in the refrigerator for at least an hour to allow flavors to combine.
Variations and Additions
Substitute a package of organic rice ramen noodles (without the seasoning packet ) for the quinoa. You could also add with the quinoa if desired. Break up the noodles or smash with a kitchen mallet. Toss the ramen noodles into the finished salad uncooked, then place in the refrigerator to chill. The noodles will soften with the dressing.
Add 2 T seaweed flakes to vegetables before the addition of the dressing.
Let the cabbage and onions sit for 20 minutes as this helps to potentiate the phytonutrients, sulforaphane and allicin, both powerful antioxidants which have been known to aid in detoxification, cancer prevention, and gut health.
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