Nutty Quinoa Salad | Vegan, GF

Hey guys, today I’m back with another recipe and this one is me trying to recreate a quinoa salad I picked up in Marks and Spencer last week. As someone on a vegan diet in a slightly less than metropolitan town, I find myself in the M&S foodhall quite a bit, it’s one of the only places I’m guaranteed to find something I can eat on the go. They usually have a great range of salads, and the one I picked up last week was full of nuts, edamame beans and quinoa with a soy and ginger dressing. It was delicious, and I thought I’d do my best at making my own version at home.  

I’ve changed a few things, and I didn’t check the ingredients so I’m not 100% sure how similar my dressing is, but I think I did a fairly good job. With it having nuts, edamame and quinoa, it’s a really filling dish and I think this would make a great meal prep option as well. You can eat this hot or cold, the ones in the fridges in M&S are obviously cold, but I served mine with freshly cooked quinoa so it was still warm.  

They served theirs with pistachio and peanuts. I switched the peanuts for almonds, because almonds are superior in every way and kept the pistachios in. 

nutty quinoa salad

This recipe is gluten free, dairy free and vegan. 

Prep time: 5 minutes 

Cook time: 20 minutes 

Serves: 2 


  • 100g dry quinoa 
  • ½ cup frozen edamame 
  • 1 small carrot, finely chopped 
  • 30g almonds 
  • 30g pistachios 
  • 1 heaped tsp ground ginger 
  • 3 tsp tamari  
  • 2 tsp olive oil  
  • Juice of a lime 


  1. Cook your quinoa in a small saucepan, as per packet instructions. 
  2. While quinoa is cooking, mix your tamari, ginger, oil and lime juice to a small dish and stir thoroughly until completely combined.  
  3. Approximately 5 minutes before the quinoa is cooked, add the frozen edamame to the pan and cook alongside the quinoa.  
  4. When quinoa is fully cooked and fluffy, remove from heat and allow to cool for 5-10 minutes.  
  5. Stir in carrot and nuts before adding dressing and serving.  

Nutty Quinoa Salad

Serve and enjoy!  

Do you have somewhere you seem to end up all the time when you need lunch in a hurry? Let me know if you like the sound of this salad! 

Until next time,  


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  1. Hannah
    29th July 2018 / 7:27 pm

    Definitely going to have a go at making this. Sounds really tasty!

  2. 29th July 2018 / 7:33 pm

    I always end up buying pasta salads from Tesco or Aldi, I’m such a cheapskate haha. This Quinoa Salad look super nice though! May have to try something similar next time.

    • Sophie
      29th July 2018 / 11:55 pm

      Haha trust me, I would too if I knew for sure I could get something! x

  3. 29th July 2018 / 7:40 pm

    This literally has everything I love in it; pistachios, almonds and quinoa are all favourites of mine so combined, I can imagine this tastes incredible. I love how easy this sounds to throw together, I’m definitely going to use this recipe for either a quick dinner or prepped in advance for a lunch for work! x

    Alice //

    • Sophie
      29th July 2018 / 11:56 pm

      These are all my favourites too! It’s such a great one to have when you don’t have much time. Let me know if you try it! x

  4. 29th July 2018 / 7:50 pm

    I love this kind of meals, they are my go to when I need something to eat on the go and they’re so easy to make.

  5. Emma
    29th July 2018 / 8:01 pm

    This looks very yummy! I’ve never tried quinoa before – so will definitely be giving this a try

    Emma |

  6. 29th July 2018 / 8:05 pm

    Your recipes always look absolutely gorgeous! I wish I was this good at cooking and I wasn’t such a fussy eater! I love how you’ve recreated something you bought from M&S too as you can probably make it yourself now for a fraction of the price!

    Jess //

  7. Roxie Watt
    29th July 2018 / 8:15 pm

    I’m not vegan but this still looks absolutely delicious and it was so easy to make. M&S have some great meals but it’s great that you figured out how to make it at home.

    Roxie |

  8. 29th July 2018 / 8:16 pm

    I don’t think I’ve ever actually had edameme beans but this sounds interesting! I love M&S food, the salads on the deli are always so fresh and delicious too! Also hell yeah about swapping for almonds and pistachios are by FAR one of my favourite nuts, just so yum. Love that it has ginger in too, can never go wrong with a little bit of spice!
    Alice Xx

  9. 29th July 2018 / 8:28 pm

    This looks so good! I am on pasta and pesto salad for lunch at the moment, but once the batch is gone, i’ll be making quinoa! 😉

  10. 29th July 2018 / 8:46 pm

    This sounds like such an easy dish to create, and it doesn’t take much time either. I’d love to try something like this but I’m not the biggest fan of nuts which is annoying as it looks tasty in your photos! Might have to try it anyway and give it a go 🙂


  11. 29th July 2018 / 8:49 pm

    I’ve actually never had quinoa because I wasn’t quite sure what to do with it, so I’m definitely going to add this to my list of recipes to try out! Not quite a fan of Edameme, but perhaps I can replace them with sugarsnaps or something.

    Jas xx

  12. 30th July 2018 / 12:11 am

    I love this recipe! It’s healthy and has a good amount of nuts to give the little edge. I am a total sucker for pistachios and the fact that this came with some makes me want to go and prepare some XD. Thanks for sharing this recipe!!

    Nancy ♥

  13. 30th July 2018 / 5:03 pm

    What a cool recipe! You’re post always give me ideas on what healthy food to eat, the banana pancakes are one of my favorite recipes

  14. 30th July 2018 / 5:08 pm

    This dish actually look so delicious! I’ve only recently tried Quinua (I know that’s bad) and haven’t found any meals to cook if with so I’ll be tryin this out! Great post x

  15. 30th July 2018 / 5:13 pm

    That looks delicious, Sophie, you have the knack of taking the most droolworthy photos! I’ve never tried quinoa before, although I like a well-dressed couscous. Your comment about almonds being superior in every way made me giggle because I agree, unless they’re dry roasted peanuts,which I adore! Fab recipe 🙂 xx

    Lisa |

  16. 30th July 2018 / 6:22 pm

    Ooh I love M&S salads and I’ve actually tried this one! It’s so tasty and filling too. This is a really great idea to make it yourself, it’s probably so much cheaper too. Thanks for sharing the recipe Sophie! <3 xx

    Bexa |

  17. 30th July 2018 / 6:34 pm

    This salad looks so good – I definitely need to give it a go at some point, especially considering I’m looking to have a slightly healthier August to hopefully get me into some better habits food wise for back to school!! I can see this being an amazing lunch for school too

    Soph |

  18. 13th August 2018 / 9:25 am

    This is a great food article

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