Quinoa Salad with Edamame, Basil and Pine Nuts {Recipe}

Are you still detoxing from all the carb loaded Holiday foods?  We definitely are!  The nutty quinoa seeds are a healthy and gluten-free alternative to grains.

Almost any fruit or veggie you mix with quinoa will be tasty! The versatility is endless!  Have I sold you yet??  

Here are a few of my favorite quinoa recipes:

Nutty Cinnamon Quinoa- 101 Cookbooks 
Garlic Shrimp with Quinoa- Perrys' Plate 
Fruit Salad with Quinoa- Not Without Salt

I added the basil to the slightly cooled quinoa, in order to wilt it and tossed it with toasted pine nuts.  My hubby couldn't get enough of it.  He came back for seconds, thirds, fourths!  My kids? Well, let's just say I need to slowly introduce more quinoa to them! 

Make this...tonight!  Your body and self will thank you!

Quinoa Salad with Edamame, Basil and Pine Nuts
Recipe adapted by Epicurean Mom
Serves 4-6

1 1/2 cups quinoa, rinsed well
3 cups veggie broth
1 small onion, chopped
2 tablespoons avocado oil or olive oil
1/2 cup basil leaves, torn
1/3 cup pine nuts, toasted 
1/3 cup edamame, steamed and shelled
1 teaspoon garlic
a handful of grape tomatoes, halved
pinch of salt
1/4 cup balsamic vinaigrette 
Aged balsamic, for garnish
Fresh basil leaves, for garnish

In a medium saucepan over med-high heat combine rinsed quinoa and veggie broth. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to low and simmer for 20-25 minutes, until broth is completely absorbed.  Set aside to cool for 5-10 minutes, add basil and fluff. 

In a small skillet over medium heat combine avocado oil, garlic and onions.  Saute for 10-15 minutes, until caramelized.  Set aside to cool. 

Combine all ingredients, except for the aged balsamic and basil leaves, in a salad bowl.  Toss and spoon into serving bowls, drizzle aged balsamic over salad and garnish with basil leaves. 


  1. This sounds fantastic! I would be thrilled to have a Quinoa recipe that I could make at home Katie! I currently end up buying all my Quinoa salads at Whole Foods... which, while delicious, add up... They have some great tasting ones you might want to look up because I am sure you could tweak them beautifully! :) I am a favorite of their balsamic vinegar w/ sun-dried tomatoes and mushroom & spinach... and also a fantastic fall one with dried cranberries and squash...

  2. This looks fantastic Katie, and so healthy and delicious! I really need to cook more with quinoa. Thanks for the reminder.

  3. I love this stuff, let's eat it more often. LU Bill

  4. Fabulous recipe! I love Quinoa. It has been a slow introduction with my kids too. I keep playing with variations to hopefully find one they like! Looking forward to trying this delicious recipe.

  5. Looks beautiful and oh so light. Yay!

  6. I am still detoxing, for sure! We had our last holiday celebration this weekend (thank goodness!) I love quinoa too, this is beautiful!

  7. This looks incredibly delicious, lovely photos and SO healthy! :)

  8. I have a feeling I'll be detoxing for quite a while and quinoa is the perfect addition to my life! This salad sounds delicious!

  9. Quinoa has been a big hit in my house as well, love that slight nutty taste and fluffy texture.

  10. This looks delicious...I have to make this. I've been looking for a recipe just like this. I've got half a box of unmade quinoa in the pantry- time to bust it out!

  11. I still have not made my own quinoa at home - so I am glad that you posted your fave quinoa recipes. I'd better get on it :) Thanks for sharing.

  12. Another delicious quinoa dish...love the varied textures here, and just so gorgeous! I am going to have to dig into my pantry now :)

  13. This looks so fresh and inviting. I love eating quinoa like a rice dish. This one would be right up my alley. I love the nuttiness of quinoa. Although I did try the quinoa noodles and really disliked them. Not sure if making my own would change that.

  14. I made this for dinner for my family tonight to rave reviews- absolutely delicious and easy to prepare! The varied flavors and textures worked wonderfully together, with the balsamic as a lovely garnish to a light, colorful, and healthy meal! Perfect :)


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