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Quinoa Edamame Salad with Cashew Miso Dressing

Easy 5 ingredient grain salad that's loaded with flavor from cashew miso dressing. 
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Salad
Cuisine: vegan
Servings: 3 servings
Calories: 568kcal
Author: Cassidy Reeser, RDN, LDN


For the Quinoa Edamame Salad

  • 1 cup red quinoa, dry
  • 2 cups vegetable broth or water
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup edamame, cooked*
  • 2 cups loosely packed kale, torn into bite sized pieces
  • 2 clementines
  • 1/4 cup green onions, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (about 1 large lemon)
  • 1/4 cup cashew miso dressing

For the Cashew Miso Dressing

  • 1 cup raw cashews
  • 1 cup hot water
  • 1/2 cup vegetable broth or water
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons miso paste
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder


For the Quinoa Edamame Salad

  • Add the quinoa, vegetable broth, and salt to a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Once boiling, bring down to a simmer and cover. Cook for about 15 minutes, or until soft and fluffy. Add the kale for the last five minutes of cooking (this will wilt and steam the kale).
  • Using a sharp knife, slice each clementine segment in half width-ways. Toss together all ingredients (including dressing) in a medium bowl. Chill or 3-4 hours, or until cold, before serving.

For the Cashew Miso Dressing

  • Soak the cashews in hot water (hot to touch but not boiling) for at least an hour and up to four hours. The longer you soak, the creamier the dressing.*
  • Drain the cashews. Combine cashews, vegetable broth, miso paste, garlic powder, and apple cider vinegar in a food processor. Process until smooth. This takes about 1-2 minutes. Scrape down the sides with a spatula as needed.
  • Makes about 1 cup of dressing. Use as a topping on the quinoa edamame salad and store remainder in a refrigerated container for up to one week.


*I buy frozen shelled edamame and cook according to package instructions.
*You can also soak the cashews in room temperature water overnight. I use the hot water method for when I'm in a hurry or if I'm feeling impatient. 


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 568kcal | Carbohydrates: 66g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Sodium: 373mg | Potassium: 1158mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 4545IU | Vitamin C: 82.4mg | Calcium: 163mg | Iron: 7.6mg