Edamame Quinoa Salad

This Edamame Quinoa Salad is light and healthy, packed full of super foods. It’s drizzled with a little lime and olive oil.

During one of my last giveaways I asked you all what kind of recipes you would like to see more of on The Girl Who Ate Everything and the answer was an overwhelming amount of “Healthy” recipes. Then I bounced on over to my analytics to see what term is most searched on my blog and…you guessed it, “Healthy Recipes”.

Hellloooo? Hi guys. It’s me Christy. Have we met?

I like the calorie laden, diet starts tomorrow type of recipes. You come to my site on your cheat day for recipes. Remember? Are you at the right blog?

Okay, okay. Fine. Drum roll please. Here’s a healthy recipe. But I’m not promising that tomorrow I won’t be back with another diet buster. Edamame Quinoa Salad | The Girl Who Ate EverythingMy friend Simone makes this for every birthday party or baby shower that we have here in Florida. She’s a completely ripped, Cross Fit woman so I’m not surprised that she made a salad full of superfoods. This salad has quinoa, edamame, red bell pepper, corn, garbanzo beans, celery, dried cranberries, lime, sliced almonds and a little olive oil.

Edamame Quinoa Salad | The Girl Who Ate EverythingYou can buy shelled edamame beans at Whole foods or your grocery store. Our store sells it in the frozen section by the frozen vegetables.

Edamame Quinoa Salad | The Girl Who Ate Everything

After I poured all of the vegetables into a bowl, I realized I needed a bigger bowl. And this makes a ton. Like enough for a week. My kids ate this. But I make them eat everything. They are The Kids That Ate Everything.



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Edamame Quinoa Salad
Prep Time
5 hrs 50 mins
Cook Time
5 hrs 50 mins
Servings: 16 servings
Author: Christy Denney
  • 2 cups uncooked quinoa
  • 4 cups water
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup celery , sliced
  • 1 15-oz can corn, drained
  • 1 15-oz can garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained
  • 3/4 cup cilantro , finely minced
  • 1 heaping cup dried cranberries
  • 1 12-oz package edamame, cooked and shelled
  • 2 red bell peppers , diced
  • 1 cup sliced almonds (or any nut you like)
  • 3 Tablespoons olive oil (more or less to taste)
  • 5 Tablespoons lime juice (more or less to taste)
  • salt to taste
  1. Add the quinoa, water, and salt to a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Once at a boil, turn the heat down to low and cover. Cook for 15-20 or until done. Transfer to a large bowl and fluff with a fork.
  2. Add remaining ingredients and toss to combine. Add salt to taste. I'm guilty of not putting enough salt on things and it makes all of the difference. Chill unto ready to serve.
Recipe Notes

Source: My friend Simone

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  1. Looks so good. Thank you.

  2. Looks delish – but I have some burning questions after reading your post. 1. How do you stay in such great shape after eating your cooking (which is fabulous, by the way, but some of us can only eat it as treats). 2. How do you get your kids to eat everything? I would love to make this giant recipe of Quinoa salad, but I would be the only one at home eating it.

    Keep doing what you’re doing in terms of your own recipes. I love them, even if I can only eat little bites!!!

    • Christy {The Girl Who Ate Everything} says:

      I work out and eat healthy 90% of the time. I started introducing quinoa a while ago and my kids hated it. But over time they warmed up to it and now they love it! I do that with everything. Introduce it and always put some on their plate and eventually they will taste it.

  3. I love your recipes. I just made some quinoa last night and in addition to what you have in your recipe, I added zucchini, onions, mushrooms and topped it off with some cilantro. Thanks!

  4. A beautiful, delicious and healthy salad. Catherine

  5. A beautiful, delicious and healthy salad. Catherine

  6. I thoroughly enjoy about your blog — because you offer absolutely-delicious recipes!!
    Your comment……… “Hellloooo? Hi guys. It’s me Christy. Have we met? I like the calorie laden, diet starts tomorrow type of recipes. You come to my site on your cheat day for recipes. Remember? Are you at the right blog?” ……..

    YaY for Christy!! There are plenty of cooking sites that appeal to those who couldn’t wait to get up in the morning and start preparing recipes like you posted today. But – there are still some of us (lots of us??) hanging on to our grandmother’s recipes, and the old cookbooks that call for real butter and whole milk, and both parts of the egg …. etc. Please keep your excellent, absolutely-delicious recipes coming.
    Kindest regards,

  7. OK I am on the weight watcher diet and have some of their cookbooks but not everyone is so I need a great place like this for wonderful comfort food AND all food is OK with portion control.
    (OK that last thing I really need to work on!)
    Thank you for all the time and effort it takes to get these recipes to us.

  8. Yum Yum Yum! Healthy and delicious!

  9. I’m not convinced about quinoa….but looking at the pictures I might just give it a try!


  10. THANK YOU!! I almost didn’t even open this e-mail because of the subject line but then thought “you really should, what if it’s really good?”. As I suspected, it was not good.
    Christy I’m sorry but I totally expected you to go along and I thought I would have to unsubscribe to this site. Imagine my surprise! I may not have read you very well, but I sure know you better than these people!
    Is that a Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bar I see over there on the right of my screen?

  11. Made a batch of this yesterday to take for lunch this week. It was hard not to try and eat it all yesterday. So good! I also bought your cookbook last week, and I LOVE it! The only problem is that you didn’t publish it 5 1/2 years ago when I worked at Cedar Fort and was the cookbook editor 🙂 You’re the best!

  12. Crushing on this salad! Pinned

  13. My wife & I decided to try this in the interest of healthy living & all that. While we were making this she decided it would most likely be better hot than cold. We made it using all of the ingredients listed except the cilantro & lime juice and added diced green olives and yellow squash, subbed walnuts for almonds.
    As the edamame & quinoa were cooking, we put everything but the nuts & cranberries in a large skillet with some rice vinegar (to taste, didn’t measure) and sautéed it until it was all hot & the squash was still crunchy, threw everything in a serving bowl & had supper. Applied the cranberries & nuts to each serving according to taste & desire. OH MY WORD, THIS WAS MOST EXCELLENT. It may be good cold but I’m here to tell you that it is GREAT hot.

  14. Oh yea, I forgot to mention that we used boxed Rosemary & Olive oil Quinoa. EXCELLENT, thanks for the recipe.

  15. So, how many and what color containers are used in this?


  17. Hi do you know the nutrition information per serving on this recipe by chance?

  18. looks good, I can’t wait to make that recipe

  19. Hey Christy!
    LOVE this salad, but does t have to stay refrigerated?? I was hoping to take some for lunch on a day-long hiking trip. If it’s only not refrigerated while I’m carrying it around during the day, do you think it would be okay?
    Thanks!! 🙂

  20. This looks great, but we’re not big lovers of cilantro. Is there another spice/seasoning that might work well?

  21. would this work to freeze? I live alone but would love to make this and freeze the portions

  22. Thanks for the recipe and to your friend Simone. I printed it out for further use but, unfortunately, I will not be visiting your site any longer because there are way, way, way too many ads! Makes it difficult to scroll and navigate, sorry.




  25. Good Morning! I have not had any of this chilled, but still warm when making it this was delicious- I cannot wait for lunch today! 🙂

    I was curious, how much is a serving size? I was eyeballing it to be about a cup- would you say that’s right?

  26. 16 servings of what size? One cup? 1/2 cup? Can’t wait to try this!!!

  27. bárbara Verónica Roberti says:

    I am going to be so healthy this summer eating all these beautiful salads, I love salads but my repertoire is becomening a bit boring making them for years, love quinoa, coming from Chile in South America didn’t know about this grane until lately, shamefull because is native from Peru, thank you so much.

  28. I found a salad like this at my local grocery store. I can’t wait to try this one but I’m going to add feta to it or what is another cheese I could add to it?

  29. courtney hennagir says:

    I just made this and am eating it right now and it is AMAZING! Thank you for such a great recipe! It’s a new family favorite.

  30. Wonderful! I have made your salad in the past. Today I took a picture of the ingredients list to make it easier during assembly. My family loves it. Thank you!