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Quinoa, Cucumber, and Radish Salad with Miso Vinaigrette

Scott Phillips

Servings: 6

Cucumbers and radishes give this Asian-inspired salad a refreshing crunch. Bring this to your next summer potluck, and people will love you.


  • 2-3/4 cups plus 1/3 cup lower-salt vegetable or chicken broth
  • 3 Tbs. white miso
  • 3 Tbs. seasoned rice vinegar
  • 2 Tbs. soy sauce, preferably reduced sodium
  • 1 Tbs. Asian sesame oil
  • 1/2 cup canola or other neutral vegetable oil
  • 2 Tbs. chopped sweet pickled sushi ginger
  • 1-1/2 cups quinoa, preferably red, well rinsed
  • 1 medium English cucumber, sliced into 1/4-inch-thick half-moons
  • 10 oz. radishes, cut into bite-size pieces (about 2 cups)
  • 2 oz. hearty baby greens, such as arugula or kale, or a mix (about 2 packed cups)

Nutritional Information

  • Calories (kcal) : 290
  • Fat Calories (kcal): 120
  • Fat (g): 13
  • Saturated Fat (g): 1
  • Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 4
  • Monounsaturated Fat (g): 7
  • Cholesterol (mg): 0
  • Sodium (mg): 420
  • Carbohydrates (g): 36
  • Fiber (g): 4
  • Protein (g): 7


  • Put 1/3 cup of the broth and the miso, vinegar, soy sauce, and sesame oil in a blender; blend to combine. With the motor running, slowly add the canola oil to make a creamy dressing. Add the ginger and pulse a couple of times to very finely chop. (Alternatively, very finely chop the ginger and whisk the ingredients together.)
  • In a 2- to 3-quart saucepan, bring the remaining 2-3/4 cups broth to a simmer over medium heat. Add the quinoa, cover, turn the heat down to medium low, and cook until the quinoa is tender and the liquid is absorbed, 10 to 15 minutes. Remove from the heat and let stand for 3 to 5 minutes. Uncover and fluff with a fork. Let cool to room temperature, about 30 minutes.
  • Toss the quinoa, cucumber, radishes, and greens together. Add 3/4 cup of the vinaigrette, toss, and serve, passing the remaining dressing at the table. (Save the remaining vinaigrette for other salads; it will keep for at least 3 days in the refrigerator.)


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Reviews (5 reviews)

  • Cartouche | 11/01/2016

    We had a couple cucumbers on the vine in the garden, and some radishes that needed picking, so this recipe was a great way to eat the veg while still fresh. Since I was only feeding two people, I rather unscientifically cut the recipe down. (If I made the full recipe, I think I'd cut the quinoa by a third. Seems like too much to me.) The dressing was terrific, and I saved the unused portion in a bottle. The dish was very tasty and I will definitely consider making it again.

  • helenek | 08/02/2015

    Great tasting recipe! The toasted sesame oil adds a great flavor. Good mix of crunchiness with the quinoa. I am serving at a summer dinner party as a side with fish. My husband and I both love i!

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