Quinoa Salad with Avocado and Peas

I’m pretty jazzed about today’s post. You see one of my friends, Jaden of Steamy Kitchen, just came out with her 2nd cookbook Steamy Kitchen’s Healthy Asian Favorites. And it’s seriously gorgeous, not to mention the fact that it’s packed to the brim with tons of healthy Asian recipes that are fast, fresh and simple enough for tonight’s dinner. Jaden is a total doll. She’s one of the most generous people in the food blogging world and she’s always ready to have a good time! Basically she’s the whole package, and so is this most recent cookbook of hers!

Quinoa Salad with Avocado and Peas from Whats Gaby Cooking

I’ll be totally honest – I never really experimented much with Asian cooking until I was in culinary school – and even after that it was a once in a while experience. And I seriously have no idea why. All the recipes in Jaden’s book, this one and her first, are seriously delicious. They are loaded with flavor and easy! And those words are seriously music to my ears, especially after a long day when you just want something comforting, fast and fun for dinner. After paging through the entire book, I was hard pressed to make a decision which would be my first recipe. I finally decided on this Quinoa Salad with Avocado and Peas because as you all know, I’m obsessed with avocados and I’m in love with quinoa. So it was a no-brainer. While this recipe doesn’t typically call for salmon, I decided to throw some in because with the salmon it’s so perfect for a quick weeknight meal!

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The recipe was a total smashing success. Tons of flavor from the avocado, edamame, snap peas and then the dressing that it’s tossed in is one that I would keep on hand for multiple occasions! It could work on just about anything. And just look at it! How healthy does that look? I’ve been eating the leftovers for lunch for the past 3 days and I feel awesome after each meal.

Quinoa Salad with Avocado and Peas from www.whatsgabycooking.com

So if you’re like me, and have been somewhat hesitant to whip up some tasty Asian recipes on a regular basis – fear not!! Jaden’s book makes it so easy and stress free to eat delicious, clean and healthy any night of the week! I, for one, know that I’ll be using it a heck of a lot around here. With recipes such as Salmon Honey Teriyaki Salmon, Dan Dan Mien, Stuffed Miso Eggplant, Vietnamese Summer Springs Rolls and Edamame Noodle Salad, you seriously can’t go wrong!

And let’s not forget about the giveaway! 1 lucky What’s Gaby Cooking winner will win a signed copy of Jaden’s book! Just leave a comment here letting us know your all time favorite Asian inspired recipe! Is it something that you whip up at home? Or maybe it’s a weekly take out dish you order? Just leave it in the comments and you’re automatically entered to win! Contest closes on Feb 20th at midnight. The winner will be announced here and notified by email.  Congratulations to Katheryn!! We sent ya an email Katheryn so write us back with your address so we can send you your new cookbook! 

Here’s the link on Amazon for Steamy Kitchen’s Healthy Asian Favorites: 100 Recipes That Are Fast, Fresh, and Simple Enough for Tonight’s Supper it’s a necessary addition to any cookbook collection for sure!

Quinoa Salad with Avocado and Peas + Steamy Kitchen Giveaway

Quinoa Salad with Avocado and Peas + Steamy Kitchen Giveaway


    For the quinoa
  • 1 cup dried quinoa
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • 1 cup cooked, shelled edamame
  • 6 ounces sugar snap peas, cut in half
  • For the Lemon Soy Dressing
  • Grated zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon finely grated fresh ginger
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 cup rice vinegar
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons grapeseed or olive oil
  • For the Salmon (optional)
  • 1 lb fresh salmon
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 lemon, juiced


    For the quinoa
  1. Place the quinoa and the water in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to a simmer, cover, and cook for 10-15 minutes. Let cool a bit, about 5 minutes.
  2. Toss the quinoa with the remaining ingredients and the 1/2 of the dressing and taste. Add more dressing as needed and serve.
  3. For the Lemon Soy Dressing
  4. Add all ingredients to a mason jar, close lid tightly, and shake a few times
  5. For the Roasted Salmon
  6. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
  7. Place the salmon, skin side down, on a baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
  8. Place the salmon into the oven and bake for about 15 minutes until the salmon starts to flake apart. Remove the salmon from the oven. Squeeze the lemon on top and flake it into pieces to add to the salad

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  1. This dish looks amazing!! I love how easy her recipes are for any cook :) I love Asian cooking but i probably could never write a book on it – I do it lightly lol…anyway, my favorite Asian dish would have to be pad see ew!

  2. I love a good pad thai. I just a new one with a twist i can’t wait to try…pad thai made with spaghetti squash. Yes Please!

  3. That looks amazing! I have a question about the salmon recipe you posted; it calls for one lemon, juiced, but then doesn’t seem to include directions for when to use the lemon when prepping/cooking the salmon. Am I missing something?

    Oh and favorite Asian-inspired dish… Tofu curry stir fry!

    1. yikes!! totally spaced – adding in the lemon now :) You just squeeze it over the salmon once it’s cooked!!

  4. I’m pretty simple! Some Asian dishes seem so heavy to me so I stick with the veggies and rice! If I’m feeling like adding protein for the day then chicken or salmon is a great addition!

  5. fresh snow pea pods quickly sauteed with minced garlic and a dash of soy sauce- quick, crunchy and good for you

  6. My new favorite thing to eat is quinoa. I could have it every day! Recipe looks so delicious! Also my favorite Asian takeout is Pad Thai, can’t get enough of it!

  7. I love peanut noodles with stir fried chicken or steak. Simple, easy, and a ton of flavor. Thanks for the giveaway!

  8. Oh yumm! I am always looking for new quinoa recipes and have everything for this except the salmon! I like to make stir-fry’s, and just made a batch of eggrolls and won-tons last weekend for the freezer.

  9. I make a simple chicken stir fry from scratch, cook in baches and add lots of vegs, its great.

  10. I love anything Thai inspired – especially the dishes that include coconut milk, which is quite a few!!

  11. This probably sounds so horrible to most people, but my Korean grandma recently taught me how to make her kimchi fried rice. I love it and so does my husband!

  12. I really like egg rolls. This beautiful book could possible teach me how to make them more healthy. Thank you for this great giveaway!

  13. The dish looks SO delicious.

    As for my fav Asian dish – hard to say – there are these Vietnamese dumplings, filled with mung beans and served with scallion oil that are just incredible – rice steamed in lotus leaf and stuffed with shittakes and chestnuts, and – the thing I’ve been craving ’cause its Chinese New year – sesame balls, the ones with the red bean filling.

  14. Simple as it is, for me it’s chicken fried rice. Mongolian beef would be a close second. So yummy!

  15. I make an asian inspired chicken noodle soup. It has julienned veggies (instead of the normal diced veggies) including red peppers-onion-celery-carrots, coconut milk, chili garlic paste etc.

  16. My husband and I love Kung Pao Chicken. I have perfected a recipe that is better than any take out or eat in we have tried. And super simple. I would love to try some recipes from Jaden’s book!

  17. Interesting enough I have always had a love affair with Asian cuisine, close to Mexican and Spanish. I am in my final class at culinary school, which is Asian cuisine and we just cooked Indonesian food this week. My favorite dish was Laksa Lemak. A beautiful rice noodle dish with seafood and a spicy umame broth with shrimp paste, so good.

  18. Great review and beautiful words about Jaden! I love a good stir fry or even a good rice porridge. Anything I can put a fried egg on is great in my book.

  19. This dish looks so good, i’m going to have to try it.

    As for Asian favorites I’m a sushi addict. Recently Ive had to find other dishes to try since sushi is frowned upon for pregnant ladies, but I still daydream about some good sushi rolls and sashimi. Ive taken to some spicy or sweet Korean dishes, so anything with kimchi and pepper powder is super yummy and my ultimate favorite Vegetable Japchae. I make both at home now, so I can get my fill whenever the cravings strike.

  20. Ever since I made Heidi Swanson’s Sushi Bowl, my husband has requested it on a regular basis…it’s our favorite Asian meal at home.

    1. Hey Katheryn!! Congrats – you won the steamy kitchen cookbook contest!! Will you email me at whatsgabycooking (at) gmail (dot) com so we can send out your book!!

  21. My all time favorite Asian inspired recipe is Walnut Shrimp!! Thank you for the recipe & giveaway!

  22. I tried making this the other night. OK, I didn’t have edamame beans or red pepper flakes, so I had to improvise a little, but the end results were SO good! I used chopped cucumber, cherry tomatoes and salad onions but at least I had the avocado and lemon. Love the dressing. I will definitely make this again. Thanks for the recipe.

      1. I’ve now made it twice for pot luck events using basmati rice. I’ve managed to source red pepper flakes and they make the salad look so pretty. People have loved it and I had a request for the recipe last time and referred the person to your site

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