Servings: 2-3 mains, 5-6 sides

Prep time: 10 mins

Total time: 25 mins

Quinoa salad with lemon tahini dressing

This salad is a nutrition powerhouse that can be served as a side dish or a substantial main. Paired perfectly with a tangy lemon tahini dressing, the salad is one you’ll keep going back to again and again.


main meal, side dish, salad

vegan, vegetarian, oil free, refined sugar free, kid friendly, gluten free, nut free, super easy, entertaining, picnic



Salad Ingredients:

  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa, rinsed

  • 2 cups water

  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved

  • 1 small red capsicum, chopped

  • 1 medium cucumber, diced

  • 200g edamame, shelled

  • 1 small red onion, diced

  • 1 tbsp hemp seeds

  • Handful parsley, finely chopped

Dressing Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp hulled tahini

  • Juice of ½ lemon

  • 1 tbsp boiling water

  • 1 small clove garlic, minced


  1. Place the quinoa and water in a medium saucepan, and bring to the boil. Once boiling, reduce heat to a simmer. Once all the water has absorbed (approximately 15-20mins), remove from the heat and let sit for 5 mins. Fluff with a fork.

  2. While quinoa is cooking, chop up the salad ingredients and place them all into a large mixing bowl.

  3. Prepare the dressing by mixing all the dressing ingredients together,

  4. Once the quinoa is ready, add to the bowl of salad ingredients and stir through.

  5. Add the dressing to the quinoa salad and stir. Top with extra hemp seeds and enjoy!


Mix up the herbs! Mint or coriander work well in this salad as well.

Chef's tips

This dish is light, refreshing, and perfect for entertaining. It pairs well with dishes such as Lentil and walnut stuffed cauliflower and Herb and walnut stuffed mushrooms.


Emily Levy APD

Emily Levy APD

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