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Spring Quinoa Salad with Sesame-Maple Dressing
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Spring Quinoa Salad with Sesame-Maple Dressing

This spring quinoa salad with sesame-maple dressing is as addictive as it is colorful. Fluffy quinoa is tossed with sugar snap peas, carrots, radishes, cilantro, and a sweet 'n' salty sesame-maple dressing. This simple salad comes together in about 30 minutes and is ideal for lunch or a light dinner during warmer weather months.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Salad
Cuisine: Gluten-Free, Grain-Free, plant-based, Vegan
Servings: 3
Author: Ashley


Spring Quinoa Salad

  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 1 ¾ cups water
  • 4–6 radishes, trimmed and cut into matchsticks
  • 3 medium carrots, peeled and julienned
  • 1 cup sugar snap peas, trimmed and diced
  • cup cilantro leaves, chopped

Sesame-Maple Dressing

  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar or apple cider vinegar
  • 1 ½ tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon reduced-sodium tamari


  • Thoroughly rinse the quinoa in a fine-mesh sieve or colander. Then, bring the water to a boil in a medium saucepan. Add the quinoa, return to a boil, and cook over medium heat for 12 minutes, uncovered, or until quinoa has absorbed most of the water, stirring occasionally. Remove from the heat, fluff with a fork, cover, and let stand for 5 minutes.
  • While the quinoa is cooking, prepare the remaining salad ingredients. Transfer to a large serving bowl.
  • Make the Sesame-Maple Dressing by vigorously whisking the vinegar, maple syrup, sesame oil, and tamari in a small mixing bowl.
  • Pour the dressing over the salad and toss to coat.