Tropical Sesame Quinoa and Vegetables - Slender Kitchen

Tropical Sesame Quinoa and Vegetables

Weight Watchers® SmartPoints™
(9 PointsPlus®)

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When it's hot outside (which it still is in LA) and I know there is a strong likelihood that I won't want to turn on the stove, I often plan on hearty grain based salads for at least one midweek meal.  Normally I make up the grains on Sunday so meal prep is quick during the week.  Then when it's time to eat, I just chop my veggies, whisk together the dressing, and dinner is done.  Sometimes in fits of extreme laziness, I even stop by the grocery store salad bar so I don't even have to chop my veggies. 

If you want to add protein to this salad - chicken, shrimp, or Asian marinated steak would all be great.  You may want to cut down the portion size a bit depending on your calorie goals.  As written, it makes a hearty, full meal sized portion so halving it works well when its a side dish or you are adding protein.

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Tropical Sesame Quinoa and Vegetables

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  • 1 cup rainbow quinoa, rinsed
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 cup shelled frozen edamame
  • 2 U medium carrots, peeled and diced
  • 1 U yellow pepper, diced
  • 1 U red pepper, diced
  • 1 cups red cabbage, chopped
  • 4 tbsp. cilantro
  • 2 tbsp. sesame oil
  • 2 tbsp. rice vinegar
  • 1 tbsp. soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp. fresh ginger, finely minced
  • 1 cup mango, chopped
  • 1 tbsp. sesame seeds

Nutritional Facts

Serving Size: 
2 cups
Amount Per Serving
Calories 327
Calories from Fat 110
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 12g
Saturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg
Sodium 411mg
Total Carbohydrate 45g
Dietary Fiber 8g
Sugars 10g
Protein 11g


  1. Bring the quinoa and water to a boil. Turn down to a simmer and cover. Cook for 15 minutes and then move off the burner. Let rest for 5 minutes before opening.
  2. Meanwhile prepare the vegetables. For a cold salad, leave everything raw. For a warm salad. Sauté the vegetables in 1/2 tbsp. of the sesame oil until tender.
  3. Mix together the cilantro, sesame oil, rice vinegar, soy sauce, and ginger.
  4. Toss the dressing with the quinoa, vegetables, and mango. Top with sesame seeds.
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