Since discovering quinoa it has quickly become one of my favorite grains. It is a very versatile grain and I like to use it in salads, soups and even as a porridge for breakfast. I am constantly looking for new ways of enjoying quinoa and I recently came across a teriyaki quinoa that sounded good. Homemade teriyaki sauce is one of my favorite flavours and I immediately jumped on the idea of combining it with quinoa. The teriyaki quinoa that I came across was more of a side dish with just the quinoa and the teriyaki sauce but I was thinking that it would go better as a more substantial salad. Given that teriyaki sauce is Japanese I was thinking about Japanese ingredients and the first thing that came to mind was some teriyaki shiitake mushrooms. Next up was some edamame for a bit of green and a healthy kick and since asparagus was still in season and I had it on hand I threw some in as well. I then garnished it with some toasted sesame seeds and sliced green onions. The one critical element that I find really makes Asian inspired dishes is the smell of sesame oil and I always like to add a bit just at the end so that the aroma is nice and fresh as the dish is served. The asparagus and shiitake mushroom teriyaki quinoa salad turned out really well! The quinoa salad was so light and with the teriyaki flavour it was amazing. The toasted sesame seeds added a nice crunch and along with the sesame oil they added another great layer of flavour. Overall this turned out to be a really nice light Summer meal.
Asparagus and Shiitake Mushroom Teriyaki Quinoa Salad
- 1 cup quinoa
- 2 cups water
- 1/2 tablespoon oil
- 4 ounces shiitake mushrooms (sliced)
- 2 tablespoons teriyaki sauce
- 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
- 1/2 pound asparagus (cut into bite sized pieces and steamed)
- 1/4 cup edamame (blanched)
- 2 tablespoons teriyaki sauce
- 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
- 1 green onion (chopped)
- 1 tablespoon sesame seeds (toasted)
- Simmer the quinoa in the water until the water is absorbed, about 20 minutes.
- Heat the oil in a pan.
- Add the shiitake mushrooms and saute for a few minutes.
- Add the teriyaki sauce until it is absorbed, about 1-3 minutes.
- Add the sesame oil and remove from heat and let cool a bit.
- Mix everything and serve.
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ied quinoa a long time ago, but I still can't get used to it. pity, it's very healthy…
I have to admit I haven't tried quinoa before and it sounds kind of interesting!!
Your dish, as usual Kevin, looks very nice.
I love the flavor of shiitake mushrooms.and as usual you have an amazing photo..
I have always wanted to try quinoa but can't find a recipe that I like. I am so excited reading your post and I am definitely going to give this recipe a try.
Teriyaki and quinoa sound like they would be great together!
This sounds totally wonderful !! I love the combination you've used… Inspired by your blog, I mad plum jam at home for the first time !
We Are Not Martha says
This has been bookmarked!!! I'm always looking for new ways to cook with quinoa. And this looks super healthy and delicious!
Nina Timm says
I love how you experiment with all the different grains!!!
This looks GREAT. I love quinoa, asparagus, mushrooms, what's not to like about it. 😉
This is perfect! Truly! I've been on the outlook for some vegan recipes using quinoa! thanks Kevin!
Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) says
Another great quinoa variation — I've bookmarked this one. I buy quinoa at our local discount outlet, which sells the whole line of Bob's Red Mill products, but it comes in five-pound lots. So I'm always looking for new ways to use it!
That's a lot of words with a lot of syllables – but it all adds up to one very tasty-looking summer meal!
Tender Branson says
Love quinoa, the pictures look great. Can't wait to try this one.
Deeba @Passionate About Baking says
I've never tried quinoa but have heard so much good about it. Wonder if we get it here? I love the flavours you got in there Kevin! YUM!!
Cookin' Canuck says
Quoina is one of my favorite grains, but I haven't experimented with enough variations to keep me happy. This recipe looks fantastic! The teriyaki sauce would be the perfect accompaniment for the nutty grain. Have you tried red quinoa yet? Great flavor and a beautiful color.
Ooo wow Kevin you've created an amazing dish!!
I love quinoa as well. I discovered ancient grains about two years ago, now I'm obsessed! Have you tried the red quinoa? It's so pretty! Also farro and amaranth… I love them!
This is my type of salad, very yummy!
This dish is right up my alley! I'm definitely going to try it one evening here soon!
Rosa's Yummy Yums says
A great slad idea, yummy!
taste traveller says
Ever since I worked in Development Aid & read studies on the wonders of quinoa, I've been hooked. I've even started replacing rice with in in risottos. Good, healthy choice!
I'm putting this in the "to try" pile. I recently cooked quinoa for the first time and loved it, so appreciate a good recipe to try it again.
Awesome dish. Thanks so much for this contribution to No Croutons!
What a creative and delcious-looking use of quinoa. I'm adding to my ever-growing list…
I was about to buy quinoa at the store today but it was $15 for one bag! This looks like a great healthy dish though.
Isn't quinoa the best?? This is a great use of the awesome grain!
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lisa (dandysugar) says
I love this dish. I make quinoa all the time, it's so good for you. Great combination of flavors in this salad. Delicious!
I love quinoa – so good for you! Great dish you've got here.
I'm curious: why dont you have a link to the recipe (or reference to the source) that first inspired you?
Erin: Doh! How could I have missed that? Added it. Thanks!
Jenni Hodges says
This looks incredible! I have been crazy for quinoa too, and I can't wait to try this with fresh asparagus from my garden! Thanks for the recipe!
I'm actually making this right now! So far, it is coming along well and it looks and smells delicious! Thanks for the recipe!