Quinoa Salad with Avocado and Peas


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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.

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!

Steamy Kitchen Cookbook

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!

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

  • 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.
  • Toss the quinoa with the remaining ingredients and the 1/2 of the dressing and taste. Add more dressing as needed and serve.

For the Lemon Soy Dressing

  • Add all ingredients to a mason jar, close lid tightly, and shake a few times

For the Roasted Salmon

  • Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
  • Place the salmon, skin side down, on a baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
  • 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. Helen Kennedy

    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.

    • Gaby

      yay!! glad you loved it Helen 🙂 And great substitutions – I want to make it your way next!

    • Helen Kennedy

      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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