Gluten-free Soy-free Vegan Japanese Quinoa Salad Recipe

The other day I was thumbing through one of my favorite cooking magazines and came across a recipe for a cold quinoa summer salad, with tomatoes and italian herbs. It sounded lovely, but somehow I just wasn’t in the mood for an Italian quinoa salad. Instead, I was in the mood for something distinctly more… Japanese. It may have been because earlier that day I’d gone with my Father to a Japanese restaurant and watched him eat a tasty bento while I sipped on a Jamba Juice (all fruit, no dairy, no soy, bless them). But whatever the reason, I wanted sesame in the saltiest, most umami way. Thank goodness Baby Yum seems to be doing well with the inclusion of sesame in my diet. I’d excluded it for many long months because sesame is a rising allergen, recognized as one of the top eleven allergens in Canada and other countries where it is a common ingredient. I thought about cold Japanese noodle dishes, popular in the summer, with their sesame infused soy and vinegar sauces. It was a day earmarked for quinoa, and so I thought perhaps I could make a sesame quinoa salad that broke from the Italian mold and ran straight for the island of Japan, fusion style. This lovely and light salad was the result. I think it could give any noodle salad a run for its money, with a good amount more protein and whole grain goodness. I added avocado in a nod to my favorite vegan fusion roll- the avocado roll. Ah, how I love you with rice, avocado. But it turns out, I also love you with quinoa.

For more creative “Japanese” takes on quinoa, try my Quinoa Sushi Roll Recipe

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*I use Coconut Secret for my soy-free gluten-free un-soy sauce.

Quinoa Avocado Sesame Chirashi Salad Recipe
Serving of Cooked Quinoa
1/2 fresh avocado, cubed
Black sesame seeds

1/2 tsp sesame oil
1 tsp. agave or simple syrup
2 tsp. coconut amino un-soy sauce (or, if soy is ok, a wheat free tamari like San-J Low sodium)
2 tbsp. vinegar (you can use rice, red or white wine)
3 tbsp. canola oil

Put your cooked quinoa in a bowl and top with avocado to taste. Sprinkle with sesame seeds.

Whisk dressing ingredients together in a small bowl.

Drizzle dressing over quinoa. Enjoy!

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5 Responses to “Gluten-free Soy-free Vegan Japanese Quinoa Salad Recipe”

  1. I love the flavor combo on your dressing – and you’ve packed so many healthier foods into one dish. I haven’t ever thought of combining avocado and quinoa; not sure why because it sounds great. And, thank you for linking to my recipe. :)

  2. Sounds right up my alley! Bookmarked!

  3. Hi Sea,

    I just wanted to let you know I added this recipe to my favorite recipes from last week post. I love anything with quinoa, I can’t wait to try it! :)

    ~Aubree Cherie

  4. Just found your blog and website. It’s great! Thanks for all the inspiration, Aimee

  5. that looks so comforting and yummy sea!!

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