Quinoa Salad with Asparagus and Sesame Dressing

Make this healthy Quinoa Salad with Asparagus and sesame dressing for your summer BBQ. It is gluten free, vegetarian, vegan and low calorie.

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Quinoa Salad with Asparagus and Sesame

My love hate relationship with quinoa continues. Dare I say it is starting to become a love-love relationship? Even my 10-year-old is not rolling her eyes when she hears quinoa is for dinner. Will wonders never cease? Why do I keep cooking quinoa? First quinoa contains all nine essential amino acids. In addition, quinoa contains lysine making it a complete protein.  Ultimately quinoa has 8 grams of protein per cup. Given my carb loving family, that nutrient profile makes it irresistible. Hence you have another quinoa salad recipe.
Gluten Free, Vegetarian Quinoa Salad
In this case, I paired a quinoa salad with a shaved asparagus salad and fell back on my favorite sesame dressing. You can use this sesame dressing on a variety of salads, even use it as a marinade on chicken or fish. As for the quinoa, I have finally found an easy and foolproof way to cook it. First rinse your quinoa. If you have ever eaten bitter quinoa, you know this step is very important. Second the proportions of boiling water to quinoa is 2 to 1.

If you are cooking 1 cup of raw quinoa, you need 2 cups of boiling water. Next make sure you reduce the heat to achieve a low simmer. Fifteen minutes at a low simmer is all you need for perfectly cooked quinoa. If I am using quinoa for dinner, I often will cook it earlier in the day. Then I can reheat it or eat it cold. Even better, cook up a big batch of quinoa and freeze it. Then you have quinoa ready whenever the whim strikes you.

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Gluten Free, Vegetarian Quinoa Salad

Quinoa Salad with Asparagus and Sesame Dressing

Serving size = 1/2 cup

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Calories 59 kcal
Author Christie Daruwalla


  • ½ cup quinoa
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 lb asparagus
  • ¼ cup finely chopped green onion
  • 2 tbsp . chopped basil
  • 1 tbsp . low sodium soy sauce or tamari
  • 1 tbsp lime juice
  • ½ tbsp . vegetable oil
  • ½ tbsp . water
  • 1 tsp . fresh grated ginger
  • ½ tbsp . rice vinegar
  • 1 tsp honey
  • ½ tsp sesame oil
  • ½ tsp sesame seeds
  • ½ tsp kosher salt
  • ¼ tsp fresh ground black pepper


  1. Bring 1 cup water to boil in a small saucepan.
  2. Stir in quinoa.
  3. Reduce to simmer. Cover and cook for 15 minutes.
  4. Using a vegetable peeler, shave asparagus into thin strips. The tips will fall off. Add tips and shaved asparagus to a large bowl.
  5. Add green onions.
  6. In a small bowl, whisk together remaining ingredients.
  7. Pour over asparagus and gently toss to combine.
  8. Stir in quinoa.

Recipe Notes

I calculated 2  Weight Watcher Smartpoints.

Nutrition Facts
Quinoa Salad with Asparagus and Sesame Dressing
Amount Per Serving
Calories 59 Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 2g 3%
Total Carbohydrates 9g 3%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 2g
Protein 2g 4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Gluten Free, Healthy, Vegetarian, Vegan, Low Calorie Quinoa Salad


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