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. Erica {Coffee & Quinoa}

    Mine would have to be pho! We go out for it all the time in the winter, and it’s so satisfying. Mmmm.

  2. Kristin

    I love spicy eggplant! And with extra red pepper flakes for even more heat 🙂

  3. Julie @ Table for Two

    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!

  4. Mary Kate

    Favorite Asian-inspired recipe–foil-wrapped, baked sea bass + ginger root.

  5. Terri

    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!

  6. Mia

    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!

    • Gaby

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

  7. Ashley

    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!

  8. Erika

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

  9. Nancy [email protected]

    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!

  10. Kimberly

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

  11. Deanna

    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.

  12. Timm Culby

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

  13. Cindy Brickley

    General tso chicken and kung Pao chicken are my favorite Asian meals.

  14. Heidi Babi

    I am an absolute fiend for potstickers, gyoza, and any kind of asian dumpling. Cannot get enough of them!

  15. Melanie

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