Ginger Carrot Salad with Quinoa

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Ginger Carrot Salad with Quinoa |

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Cooked Quinoa |

Ginger Carrots with Soy Sauce |

On occasion, one fail in the kitchen can turn into something very unexpected. Take for example, this salad. The shredded carrots started at as a filling for a stuffed pepper. My goal had been to have a breakfast pepper, complete with a baked egg. I tried and tried but the results were always the same- a tough egg yolk. I hated it but I had all of this shredded carrot mixture leftover at which point, I added it to lettuce and called it a day. I've since eaten this carrot salad nearly every day for lunch and I don't regret not getting the pepper to work.

The best part in my mind: if you are using quinoa leftovers, this salad comes together in 5 minutes (and while I recommend you let it sit for a bit, it could really be eaten right away.) But, even if you don't have extra quinoa sitting around- it's such a quick cooking grain that it still keeps this meal quick.

Pairings for the Carrot Salad

As I've been doing these pairings, I've realized the lack of quick and simple side dishes on the site. This salad is another attempt to make up for that. I can easily eat this for lunch every day, with a few beans thrown on top (or if you're a tofu fan, I think fried tofu would be wonderful here as well). However, I think it makes for a great dinner companion.

App: Potstickers. When I'm going to use soy sauce (or bragg amino acid), I'm going to use it. I've also been known to just eat salad and potstickers for an entire meal.

Main: Really this salad would work well for most main dishes but I've found I love it in place of slaw next to a good veggie burger.


Ginger Carrot Salad with Quinoa

  • Author: Erin Alderson
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 15 mins
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x


  • 2 cups shredded carrots
  • 1 cup cooked quinoa
  • 1/4 cup minced scallion
  • 3 tablespoons tamari
  • 1 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh ginger
  • 1 teaspoon honey (or vegan sub)
  • 4 to 5 handfuls baby arugula or other spicy green
  • sesame seeds, for topping


  1. In a small, combine the shredded carrots, cooked quinoa, and scallions. In a separate bowl, whisk together the tamari, rice wine vinegar, ginger, and honey. Pour over the carrot mixture and toss until well combined. Let sit for 20 minutes.
  2. Toss carrot mixture with handfuls of greens and sprinkle with sesame seeds to serve.


| Disclosure: This recipe was created for Ancient Harvest as part of their brand ambassadorship program. All thoughts and opinions are my own. It's content like this that helps me keep this site running to provide the vegetarian recipes you see every week. |

Ginger Carrot Salad with Quinoa |

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11 comments on “Ginger Carrot Salad with Quinoa”

  1. such a simple but delicious looking salad. Im loving quinoa at the moment and have actually just finished writing a post for it for my website, so I'm all about the whole grains in my kitchen this weekend. I will definitely have to give this a go. Thanks 🙂

  2. What a fortuitous accident. This salad looks clean and bright and tasty- a perfect lunch. May you one day perfect breakfasts stuffed peppers.

  3. Quinoa is my new favorite food. I tried it for the first time this summer and I can't get enough of it.


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