Quinoa & Edamame Salad Recipe with Honey & Ginger Dressing

We have a guest recipe today from the doyenne of kid-friendly family cookery, Annabel Karmel, whose new book Annabel Karmel’s Busy Mum’s Cookbook is out now (Ebury Press, £20).  Look out for our review of the recipe book coming soon.  This delicious and wholesome salad is the perfect accompaniment to a main course, or delicious on its own.  We threw some halloumi on the griddle to have alongside, delicious.

Quinoa & Edamame Salad with Honey & Ginger Dressing

For anyone who struggles to pronounce quinoa, it sounds like ‘keen–wah’.  It’s one of the world’s most popular superfoods, loaded with protein, fibre and minerals (and it doesn’t contain gluten). Combine it with my tasty dressing and edamame (young soya) beans and you can have a super-healthy salad without compromising on taste.

Prep: 15 minutes; cooks in 4 minutes


150 g (5 oz) quinoa
1 carrot, grated
1 bunch spring onions, thinly sliced
4 tbsp canned sweetcorn kernels
100 g (4 oz) shelled edamame beans, cooked and refreshed under cold running water
salt and black pepper

For the dressing:

2 tbsp rice wine vinegar
4 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp runny honey (Ed's note: use syrup to make it vegan)
½ tsp grated fresh root ginger

Makes 4 Portions


1. Put the quinoa and 300 ml (½ pint) of water into a small saucepan. Cover, then bring to the boil. Stir and turn off the heat, then re-cover and set aside until all of the water has been absorbed. Season and leave to cool.

2. Place the cooked quinoa in a large bowl with the grated carrot, spring onions, sweetcorn and edamame beans.

3. Combine all of the dressing ingredients in a small bowl, then add to the salad and mix well before serving.

Tip: If your honey has solidified, spoon it into a microwave-safe bowl, pop it in the microwave for a few seconds and it will turn back into runny honey.


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