Edamame, Corn and Quinoa Salad

If you had told me a year ago that I’d be posting an Edamame, Corn and Quinoa Salad on my blog, I would have said you were crazy. In fact, I probably would have asked, “What’s quinoa?”

Edamame, Corn and Quinoa Salad recipe and images by Lacey Baier, a sweet pea chef

Now, if you would have told me that I would have had a hard time putting my fork down from eating the salad, I wouldn’t have believed you one bit. Not one bit.

Edamame, Corn and Quinoa Salad recipe and images by Lacey Baier, a sweet pea chef

Truth be told, this was my very first experience with quinoa — both cooking and eating. Quinoa always seemed like some “health food” other people ate.

Edamame, Corn and Quinoa Salad recipe and images by Lacey Baier, a sweet pea chef

However, I’ve come to really appreciate all quinoa has to offer. Not only is it high in fiber and protein, it’s also gluten-free and pretty darn tasty when mixed in a salad. Who knew?!?

Well, apparently everyone but me.

Edamame, Corn and Quinoa Salad recipe and images by Lacey Baier, a sweet pea chef

In case you’re wondering (like I was), “quinoa” is pronounced “keen-wa.” No, not “quinn-oh-ah” or “kin-oh-wah,” like I had imagined. Oops. How embarrassing that would have been if anyone had heard me pronounce it that way! Guess that’ll be our little secret. Please, no judging.

Edamame, Corn and Quinoa Salad recipe and images by Lacey Baier, a sweet pea chef

All I could think while making and eating this salad was, “Who am I?” and “This is delicious!”.

Edamame, Corn and Quinoa Salad recipe and images by Lacey Baier, a sweet pea chef

This little salad is jam-packed with tons of fiber and protein — perfect for a high protein, low/no carbohydrate diet!

Edamame, Corn and Quinoa Salad recipe and images by Lacey Baier, a sweet pea chef

So, if you’ve been like me and, for whatever reason, have been tentative to try your hand at quinoa, I hope this Edamame, Corn and Quinoa Salad helps ease you into a tasty, healthy world we both have been missing.

Edamame, Corn and Quinoa Salad
 
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This is a protein-packed, simple and delicious salad that works great as a side for any summer meal. Best when you use fresh corn!
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Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • FOR THE DRESSING:
  • 2 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
  • ½ tsp. red wine vinegar
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 4 fresh basil leaves, finely chopped
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • kosher salt, to taste
  • ground black pepper, to taste
  • FOR THE SALAD:
  • 2 ears fresh corn
  • 1 cup shelled edamame (frozen)
  • ¼ red onion, very thinly sliced
  • 1 cup quinoa (cooked)
Instructions
  1. Cook quinoa as directed on the package. Once cooked and fluffed with fork, set aside.
  2. In a small mixing bowl, combine all the ingredients for the dressing and stir vigorously to combine. Set aside.
  3. Fill medium-sized pot with water and heat over high heat until boiling. Remove kernels from ears of corn and place into boiling water for 4-5 minutes. During last minute of cooking, add the frozen edamame. Remove from heat and drain corn and edamame.
  4. Combine the corn, edamame, quinoa and red onion in large mixing bowl. Drizzle with dressing and stir to combine.
  5. Season with kosher salt and/or ground black pepper, to taste.

 

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About the author: My name is Lacey and I’m so glad you’re here. I am a foodie, a photographer, a chef, and a project manager at a local tech start-up in Austin. But, most importantly, I am the mother of three adorable little kiddos (Jordan, Savannah and Hunter) and am madly in love with and married to my high school sweetheart, Dustin.

20 comments… add one

  1. Rebecca Richmond July 26, 2011, 1:59 pm

    I just found your site via tastespotting. You have a nice site, and I love the looks of your corn and quinoa salad. It’s going on my list of recipes to try.

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  2. Heidi @ Food Doodles July 26, 2011, 3:37 pm

    That looks so good! I’ve never put corn and quinoa together but it sounds like a great combo! And I love the basil in the dressing, sounds yummy!

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  3. julia July 26, 2011, 4:44 pm

    mmm so fresh!

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  4. Deborah Dowd July 27, 2011, 5:19 am

    This salad looks like summer in a bowl! I need to give it a try!

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  5. Rebeka July 28, 2011, 1:15 am

    Made this for my family tonight, it was a HUGE hit. Thanks for the amazing recipes you put on your blog, I now have something new to make for my family every night of the week.

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  6. Carolyn August 1, 2011, 12:47 pm

    Hi Lacey!

    I made this salad yesterday and I just love it. I began thinking I had a red onion on hand which I did not so I had to leave it out, but it is delicious all the same! I can’t wait to make it again WITH the onion! Thanks for a wonderful recipe. Definitely a keeper!

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    1. lacey - a sweet pea chef August 1, 2011, 10:03 pm

      So glad you enjoyed the salad, Carolyn. I highly recommend it with the red onion for next time — it adds great depth of flavor :)

      Thanks so much for sharing.

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  7. Joi August 2, 2011, 4:08 pm

    I am making this right now. I love the colors and can’t wait for my family to try this!

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  8. Kelly June 30, 2012, 2:04 pm

    Is this meant to be eaten hot, or cold? Thanks!

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    1. Lacey Baier July 7, 2014, 11:17 pm

      Either is fine. They are both yummy. I prefer mine hot, but it’s great cold, too.

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  9. Veronica August 8, 2013, 2:46 pm

    I was wondering if this can be cold too, have a block party this Saturday, want to make something nutritious, but nothing to keep it warm on the table?

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    1. Lacey Baier July 7, 2014, 11:17 pm

      Yes, this is very tasty when cold, too. Sorry for the delayed response!

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  10. caroline July 8, 2014, 12:47 pm

    can’t wait to make this
    any chance you have the nutritional data on this salad handy?

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    1. Lacey Baier July 8, 2014, 1:51 pm

      Hi Caroline! Unfortunately, I don’t. I’d love to add nutritional data on all my recipes in the future but it’s not currently available. I hope you enjoy the tasty salad, though :)

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