Quinoa Corn Edamame Salad (vegan, gluten-free)

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As a vegan, one of the most frequent questions I get is “Where do you get your protein and calcium?” I find it a little disturbing that when meat and dairy are removed from the equation, there is commonly believed to be no source of protein or calcium. In fact, the idea that animal products are our only significant source of protein and calcium is a myth – a myth that benefits the meat and dairy industry. Newsflash, folks – plants have protein and calcium, too! In fact, calorie for calorie, broccoli packs more than double the protein than a sirloin steak! And as far as calcium, milk doesn’t hold a candle to sesame seeds, almonds and leafy greens. Even chickpeas have more calcium (per 100-gram serving) than whole milk!

This Quinoa Corn Edamame Salad is an excellent source of fiber, protein and calcium – and it will keep you feeling fuller longer than any greasy burger would. Quinoa and edamame are both packed with protein, fiber, iron, B vitamins, magnesium, zinc, folate and vitamin K. Plus they’re also both low in fat. If you haven’t tried these two gems yet, you really should – they are SO good for you!

Vegan Quinoa Corn Edamame Salad in Mixing Bowl

This naturally gluten-free recipe comes from a blog called Eating Well, Living Thin written by a gal named Linda. Even though the blog hasn’t been updated in quite some time and most of the recipes are not vegan, Linda’s 200 pound weight loss story and clever recipe creations are worth a gander.

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Quinoa Corn Edamame Salad (vegan, gf)
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Recipe type: Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Vegan, Gluten-Free
Serves: 4 cups
  • 2 cups frozen shelled edamame
  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • 1 cup cooked, cooled quinoa (leftover is great)
  • 1 green onion, sliced (just green parts)
  • ½ red sweet bell pepper, diced
  • 2 Tbsp finely chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1½ Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp fresh lime juice
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp chili powder
  • ¼ tsp dried thyme
  • ⅛ tsp fresh ground black pepper
  • dash of cayenne
  1. Briefly boil the edamame and the corn, just until tender. Drain very well and cool completely.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the edamame, corn, quinoa, green onion, red pepper and cilantro.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, lemon juice, lime juice, salt, chili powder, black pepper, thyme and cayenne until emulsified. Drizzle mixture over salad mixture and toss to coat. Cover and chill for at least two hours.
This recipe is easily adaptable. Feel free to experiment. If cilantro isn’t your thing, try parsley. If you like garlic, add a small clove of garlic (minced) to the dressing mixture. Like a little more heat? Increase the cayenne. The green onion could be swapped for red onion. You get the idea.

I also enjoy this salad served warm rather than chilled.