Easy Asian Quinoa Slaw

Easy Asian Quinoa Salad -- quick and easy to make, full of protein, and super delicious! | gimmesomeoven.com

I think that today may win the award for the most relaxed I’ve ever felt on a Monday morning.

Or as my yoga instructor from our retreat this weekend would say, the most blissed out.

Seriously.  It’s remarkable what just a few days of R&R can do for you, especially when those days include things like a road trip through the wide-open Kansas plains during a thunderstorm, settling into a quaint little cabin in the woods, enjoying morning and evening restorative yoga sessions, dining on a buffet of fresh and healthy meals, curling up with a favorite book during downtime, and — oh — getting 100% lost in the woods for hours on a trail hike with some friends, which actually turned out to be one the highlights of the weekend.  I mean seriously, how often nowadays with Siiri by our side do we ever get actually factually lost?!?  It was delightful.  And I must say, all the more so because this wasn’t some 5-star resort where you pay thousands of dollars to get your zen on.  It was just a simple small retreat, put on by the most thoughtful people, attended by some of my favorite old friends, along with some dear new ones.  I literally loved every minute.

Well, I could still always do without bugs in life.  Namely, ticks and mosquitos and spiders, all of whom decided to take a sweet bite out of me this weekend.  (And were then squashed immediately.  Sorry, no mercy when you drink my blood, suckerzzz.)

But of course, other than that, loved every charming minute.  :)

Anyway, after so much clean and healthy eating this weekend, it seems that this slaw I had planned to share with you on the blog today is extra meant-to-be.  I made it this past week with some leftover ingredients from my Rainbow Fish Taco Nachos, kind of as a healthier riff on my favorite Crunchy Asian Ramen Noodle Salad.  And, as probably should have come as no surprise with those ingredients, it turned out to be a vibrant, delicious, total winner.

Easy Asian Quinoa Salad | gimmesomeoven.com

I mean, seriously, get a load of all that color!

Easy Asian Quinoa Salad | gimmesomeoven.com

The ingredients are actually surprisingly simple and affordable.

All you need is some red cabbage (you can either chop it yourself, or buy it bagged), shredded carrots, green onions, almonds (slivered or sliced), and lots of cooked quinoa.  I went with red quinoa, but any color will do.  (And if you need it, here’s my step-by-step tutorial for how to cook quinoa.)

Easy Asian Quinoa Salad | gimmesomeoven.com

Then, whip up a simple Asian vinaigrette.  (I used significantly less than in the Crunchy Asian Ramen Noodle Salad to make this one healthier.)

Easy Asian Quinoa Salad | gimmesomeoven.com

Pour it into the slaw…
Easy Asian Quinoa Salad | gimmesomeoven.com

…then toss it all together until combined.  And if you feel like it, sprinkle some sesame seeds on top.

Easy Asian Quinoa Salad | gimmesomeoven.com

It’s easy, fresh, flavorful, and SO GOOD.  Feel free to add in some protein like cooked chicken or shrimp if you’d like.  But otherwise, it makes a satisfying side or main dish all on its own.  Perfect for a quick weeknight dinner, a weekend picnic or potluck, or even a relaxing yoga retreat.  :)


Easy Asian Quinoa Salad


Slaw Ingredients:

  • 1 (16-ounce) bag shredded red cabbage (or about 4 cups shredded cabbage)
  • 2 cups cooked quinoa (I used red quinoa)
  • 2 cups shredded carrots
  • 2/3 cup thinly-sliced green onions
  • 1/2 cup slivered or sliced almonds, toasted
  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds
  • Asian honey vinaigrette (see below)

Asian Honey Vinaigrette Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil (or any cooking oil)
  • 3 Tablespoons rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon honey (or agave, to make this vegan)
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 1/8 teaspoon sesame oil
  • pinch of salt and black pepper


To Make The Slaw:

Toss all ingredients together until combined.  Serve immediately, or refrigerate in a sealed container for up to 1 day.

To Make The Asian Honey Vinaigrette:

Whisk all ingredients together until combined.

If you make this recipe, be sure to snap a photo and hashtag it #gimmesomeoven. I'd love to see what you cook!

Easy Asian Quinoa Slaw | gimmesomeoven.com

Leave a Comment:


  1. Sarah (@ People, Places & Plates) — April 27, 2015 @ 6:07 am (#)

    Sounds like my ideal weekend! 

  2. Melanie @ Carmel Moments — April 27, 2015 @ 6:28 am (#)

    Looks so fresh and simple!

  3. Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness — April 27, 2015 @ 6:39 am (#)

    I am so glad you had a relaxing weekend! Sometimes you just NEED those to function.
    Just like I NEED this salad to get through my Monday. I love that you used quinoa, and that Asian Honey Vinaigrette sounds AH-MAY-ZING! Pinned!

    • Ali — April 30th, 2015 @ 8:17 pm

      Thanks Taylor! And yes, it was much needed! Hope you love the slaw! : D

  4. Marjorie @APinchOfHealthy — April 27, 2015 @ 6:51 am (#)

    YUM. This looks so good!!!! And so colorful. That yoga retreat sounds amazing too.

  5. Andrea — April 27, 2015 @ 7:57 am (#)

    This is my kind of salad, the perfect thing to make on Sunday and keep in the fridge for lunch all week long. 

  6. Maria — April 27, 2015 @ 7:57 am (#)

    Glad you had fun! Love this slaw!! 

  7. Natalie — April 27, 2015 @ 9:07 am (#)

    I just printed this tasty recipe… and I want to hear more about that yoga retreat!!  Thanks for sharing. :)


  8. The Kentucky Gent — April 27, 2015 @ 2:12 pm (#)

    I’ve got a thing of quinoa sitting in my cabinet right now, and I think I just figured out how to put it to use. Thank you!

    Josh – The Kentucky Gent

  9. Dani @ DaniCaliforniaCooks — April 27, 2015 @ 3:35 pm (#)

    Bright, colorful and easy!

  10. Anna — April 27, 2015 @ 4:50 pm (#)

    Looks yummy.  I will have to try this soon.  I bet it will make the perfect spring and summer dinner with adding in some protein like you suggested.

  11. Nicole - Coking for Keeps — April 27, 2015 @ 6:27 pm (#)

    Where is this retreat in Kansas you went to?! I’d love to do something like that? Just get away, relax and recharge! This salad is perfect for warm weather months and getting this booty in bikini shape! 

  12. Liz @ The Lemon Bowl — April 27, 2015 @ 7:13 pm (#)

    C’mon…can’t we add a little bit of the chicken ramen soup packet mix? For flavor?? Juuuust kidding… ;-) PS Your retreat sounds like perfection. 

  13. Melissa @ Bits of Umami — April 28, 2015 @ 12:00 am (#)

    I’m all about what’s happening in this salad. That dressing just looks delicious. On a HUGE quinoa kick right now so I will definitely be trying this! 

  14. Happy Hazel — April 28, 2015 @ 12:11 am (#)

    Love those Colors!! Dressing recipe sounds really yummy!!! Great recipe!!! <3

    • Ali — April 29th, 2015 @ 9:39 pm

      Thanks Hazel!

  15. Lauren — April 28, 2015 @ 6:52 am (#)

    This looks delicious…so colorful!
     Any idea of the nutritional information for it? 

    • Ali — April 29th, 2015 @ 9:39 pm

      Thanks Lauren! Unfortunately I’m not sure about the nutrition info. We currently are not publishing nutrition facts on the site, since the nutrition calculators available are not 100% accurate, and we never want to publish anything that might be misleading. But many of our readers love the My Fitness Pal nutrition calculator, so feel free to try that for an estimate. I hope that helps!

  16. Ana @ Espresso My Kitchen — April 28, 2015 @ 10:08 am (#)

    The colors in this quinoa slaw look amazing! I need to start cooking with quinoa more often. This recipe sounds really easy to make and looks pretty tasty, I need to give it a try asap!

  17. Evi @ greenevi — May 15, 2015 @ 2:54 pm (#)

    Oh my goodness, this looks amazing! The colors are so beautiful and vibrant, so bad I can’t grab it through the monitor!

    • Ali — May 16th, 2015 @ 8:50 am

      Thanks, Evi! : )

  18. peggy elms — May 18, 2015 @ 2:31 pm (#)

    Hello, I just had to stop by and say: WOWIE! We just love this salad. I knew we would so I doubled the recipe and we are having it tonight, tomorrow and maybe the next day. Thank you so much for sharing this awesome recipe. I used EVOO and it was cool too. Kindly, Peggy

    • Ali — May 18th, 2015 @ 4:18 pm

      Thanks Peggy, I’m glad you and your family like it!

  19. June Rousey — June 27, 2015 @ 6:34 pm (#)

     Thanks for sharing. Looks fabulous, and I want to make it to have on hand in a cooler for a road trip. I was just wondering why you said it only keeps for 1 day? It seems like these ingredients would keep very well for a few days. Any thoughts?

    • Ali — November 4th, 2015 @ 5:37 pm

      Mine just got a little soggy the second day, but it’s still delicious to eat! :)

  20. Jordan — November 17, 2015 @ 12:06 pm (#)

    Hi.  I wonder if this would be good warmed a bit if make a large batch and eat throughout the week?  Maybe popped in the microwave to warm the quinoa?  I would leave dressing off until ready to eat.

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — November 17th, 2015 @ 1:59 pm

      Hi Jordan! We think that would be just fine, we hope you like it! :)

  21. Maggie — December 11, 2015 @ 11:54 am (#)

    Loved loved loved!!!!!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — December 13th, 2015 @ 12:40 pm

      Thanks Maggie, we’re glad to hear that!

  22. Sandrea — January 10, 2016 @ 3:06 pm (#)

    Hi, I was wondering if extra virgin olive oil would work instead of vegetable oil? Have you tried it before?

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — January 11th, 2016 @ 7:47 pm

      Hey there! Vegetable or canola oil would be ideal (they’re more neutral in flavor), but we think olive oil should still work fine! :)

  23. Kera — February 5, 2016 @ 10:33 am (#)

    I made this last night for a school event and the bowl was empty by the end! I’m making it again right now for myself for lunch.  It’s just plain yummy!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — February 8th, 2016 @ 7:42 am

      That’s awesome Kera! We’re so happy it was a hit! :)

  24. JbR — February 13, 2016 @ 2:46 pm (#)

    This was so very good. Found it through Pinterest. It is now a staple recipe in our house. 

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — February 15th, 2016 @ 11:37 am

      Thank you, we’re so glad to hear that! :)

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — February 15th, 2016 @ 11:58 am

      Thanks — we’re so glad you enjoyed it! :)

  25. amanda — February 29, 2016 @ 12:50 pm (#)

    I made this salad on Friday and its now Monday and I keep making it everyday in the morning, it is SO good! The colors are so vibrant and the flavor is amazing.

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — February 29th, 2016 @ 1:34 pm

      Thanks Amanda — we’re so glad it’s held up well! :D

  26. Ili — March 3, 2016 @ 6:46 am (#)

    Hi Ali,
    I made this recipe for dinner a few nights ago, and my husband and toddler loved it! It’s delicious and light, and can be eaten as a side or a main meal. I am a huge fan!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — March 3rd, 2016 @ 1:58 pm

      We’re happy to hear you and your family enjoyed this lli!

  27. Malena S. — March 19, 2016 @ 12:03 pm (#)

    Decided to try this recipe. After mixing everything together and letting it sit in the fridge for a while I did a taste test. It needed a little more flavor so I added a little more honey and soy sauce. It’s delicious! 

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — March 19th, 2016 @ 10:54 pm

      Thanks Malena — we’re happy you enjoyed it! :)

  28. Libby — March 23, 2016 @ 4:39 pm (#)

    So, I know you wrote this post a long time ago but I just found it on pinterest (and I’m totally making it for dinner tonight). And I’m wondering where you went on this retreat? I live in the beautiful Kansas plains and assume it’s not too far from me! :) Sounds dreamy.

    • Ali — March 24th, 2016 @ 9:50 am

      Hey Libby! Absolutely — and good timing, they actually have another yoga retreat coming up next month — I went to Youthfront Lacygne. It’s a super-duper simple retreat — no fancy accomodations or anything — but it was really lovely and restoring, and they provide plenty of downtime for exploring and journaling and (you know) napping and such. Here’s the website — https://youthfront.com/lacygne/retreat-series/.

  29. Vanessa — March 29, 2016 @ 11:07 am (#)

    good quinoa salad

  30. Ida — May 6, 2016 @ 3:41 pm (#)

    I LOVE YOU RECIPES! I also like how show each step so clearly through pics. 

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — May 6th, 2016 @ 9:49 pm

      Thank you Ida, we really appreciate that! :)

  31. vee — May 15, 2016 @ 8:57 pm (#)

    I just made a big batch for lunches! It’s really good!!!  

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — May 16th, 2016 @ 2:40 pm

      We’re so glad you like it Vee! :)

  32. Amy — May 17, 2016 @ 8:06 pm (#)

    I made this tonight and it is a quick and healthy meal! I subbed shelled edamame for the almonds and left the honey out of the dressing to make it sugar-free. Slaw sounds like a side dish but with the quinoa and edamame, this is a great veg meal. Keeper!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — May 18th, 2016 @ 9:57 am

      Thanks for sharing Amy — we’re happy you enjoyed it and the edamame sounds yummy! :)

  33. Rene Sachs — June 23, 2016 @ 2:07 pm (#)

    Yum!  We had company from out of town and served this with burgers after they had worked up a big appetite biking most of the day.  It was a big hit. The next day we added some leftover fresh corn off a cob and some cilantro to the slaw and it was pretty unbelievable!  I have shared this recipe with my whole family.  Thanks!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — June 23rd, 2016 @ 9:04 pm

      That’s great to hear Rene — we’re so glad it was a hit with everyone! :)

  34. Barbara — June 29, 2016 @ 4:37 pm (#)

    I had some leftover red quinoa in the fridge and got some purple cabbage from my CSA so this salad was an easy choice. So yummy! And this simple dressing would be good on lots of other stuff…actually I could eat the dressing like soup. Thanks for sharing.

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — July 5th, 2016 @ 6:10 pm

      That’s awesome Barbara — we’re so happy you enjoyed it! :)

  35. Jessica — July 8, 2016 @ 8:33 pm (#)

    I thought it was a great salad! I had it for dinner and it was good. I was hoping it would be more on the tart and sweet side. Would it work if I traded out the rice vinegar for lemon juice and increase the honey?

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — July 11th, 2016 @ 7:26 am

      We’re glad you enjoyed the salad Jessica! And yes, we think you could definitely make that swap and increase the honey!

  36. Lauren — July 19, 2016 @ 6:20 pm (#)

    I just made this for dinner and it was sooooo good! My husband is already asking for me to make it again! Thanks for the great recipe :)

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — July 20th, 2016 @ 1:17 pm

      Thanks for sharing with us Lauren — we’re so glad you and your husband enjoyed this! :D

  37. Sarah — August 12, 2016 @ 5:45 pm (#)

    Just so I’m completely clear, 2 cups cooked quinoa means exactly that, 2 cups of cooked quinoa. Or does it mean take 2 cups of dried quinoa and cook it?

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — August 12th, 2016 @ 9:28 pm

      Hi Sarah! 2 cups of already cooked quinoa. We hope you enjoy! :)

  38. Marisa — September 10, 2016 @ 8:48 pm (#)

    This looks amazing? Will it last longer if I don’t add the dressing until serving? 

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — September 13th, 2016 @ 9:49 am

      Thanks, Marisa! Yes, we think it should keep a few days longer if you do it that way. We hope you enjoy!

  39. Kristin — February 17, 2017 @ 10:56 pm (#)

    I really love this, and so did the rest of my family! It’s so beautiful and has a fabulous flavor. This would be great to bring to a pot luck! We loooove green onions and seasame oil, so we added extra of those… and a few extra almonds ;)
    Thank you for this yummy, healthy recipe!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — February 20th, 2017 @ 5:52 pm

      Thank you, Kristin — we’re so glad to hear that! :)