Apricot & Edamame Quinoa Salad

This Apricot and Edamame Quinoa Salad is a healthy, delicious and nutritious vegetarian salad recipe perfect for lunch or dinner! With fresh apricots and edamame and a zesty lemon dressing, this salad doesn’t skimp on flavor.

This salad would be great for a picnic. I wish I could say this statement with confidence, but thanks to Mother Nature, I can’t. Remember my summer bucket list post? Well last weekend C and I decided to tackle #1, rent kayaks and have a picnic on the Toronto Islands. Apricot and Edamame Quinoa Salad // thehealthymaven.com I called and rented us a tandem kayak and prepped a whole spread for our lunch. I made this quinoa salad, chopped veggies and made a dip, picked up some charcuterie and cheese along with some grapes to munch on. We even stayed in on Saturday so that we could be up bright and early on Sunday morning. By this I mean that Orange is the New Black had just been released and we needed to get through as much of the season as possible…

Fast-forward to Sunday morning, I bounced out of bed, poured myself some iced coffee and started organizing our stuff for the day. I think I must have had my excitement goggles on because I failed to notice the grey, scary-looking sky outside. This observation only occurred when I received a call from the rental company informing me I could cancel because they were calling for a 90% chance of rain. Life. Shattered.

Yes, I am being dramatic but a very important thing to know about me is that my mood is entirely dictated by the weather. So basically when they called and informed me of the impending weather I went from hero to zero in 2.5 seconds. Does that statement work when used backwards? Whatever. Sorry it’s pouring rain outside right now which means I’m feeling sassy.

Apricot and Edamame Quinoa Salad // thehealthymaven.com I chose the wrong place to live considering it is basically winter in Toronto 8 months of the year. I avoid the outside like the plague (in fact I think winter might be the plague) from October to May and not a chance am I going outside when it’s raining. I’m partially allergic to rain (I made that up) and also have very curly hair so if it’s straight it CANNOT get wet. Otherwise I wasted 45 minutes of my life straightening my hair, only to end up with an afro again by the end of the day.

So as you can imagine, when I discovered our picnic had a descent chance of being rained out I immediately cancelled everything and spent the rest of the morning sulking. Eventually I snapped out of it and baked myself a Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp which I promptly demolished in less than 12 hours. And we had a nice little picnic with this Apricot and Edamame Quinoa Salad at our kitchen table. Though I’m still a little bitter… ;)

Apricot & Edamame Quinoa Salad

Rating: 51

Total Time: 40 minutes

Serving Size: 4

Apricot & Edamame Quinoa Salad


  • 3/4 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 3 fresh apricots, pitted & chopped
  • 3 green onions (white and light green only), sliced
  • 1 cup shelled edamame
  • 1 cup bell pepper, diced
  • 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/4 cup crumbled feta (optional)
  • juice, 1 lemon
  • 2 T white wine vinegar (or apple cider vinegar)
  • 1 tsp dijon mustard
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Cook quinoa according to package instructions.
  2. In a large bowl combine cooked quinoa, apricots, green onion, edamame, bell pepper, sunflower seeds and feta (if using).
  3. In a separate bowl combine lemon juice, vinegar, and dijon.
  4. Add dressing to quinoa mixture and stir to combine.
  5. Top with paprika, salt and pepper.
  6. Let sit in refrigerator for at least one hour to soak in the flavours. I recommend leaving it in the fridge overnight before eating. It gets better the longer it sits.

Apricot and Edamame Quinoa Salad - a healthy, delicious and nutritious vegetarian salad recipe perfect for lunch or dinner! Are you affected by the weather? What’s in your picnic basket?


  1. says

    Rain. The worst. Only the environmentalist in me can tolerate it, because you know, ecosystems and whatnot. A long time ago I self-diagnosed myself with seasonal affective disorder because it simply cannot be normal to feel like life has no meaning by the end of the winter every year. Probably my psych degree from google doesn’t qualify me to make that determination, but all I know is it wasn’t a problem when I lived in Florida and had plenty of sunshine, and that’s evidence! As for the rain, as far as I’m concerned rain is the universe telling us not to bother getting up. I have the hardest time peeling myself off the bed/couch and accomplishing anything if it’s raining. On the bright side, this quinoa looks delicious and summery and I’m sure it will be perfect at your picnic when you finally have it!
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  2. says

    I thought I hated all the Vancouver rain…until I moved to Florida and it never stops Sunning! (is that a word?)
    But, kitchen table picnics can be fun too…and this salad is amazing! I would have never paired apricots with edamame…yumo! Pinned!

  3. says

    My friend and I love watching the kayakers pull up and dock at one of our favorite restaurants. I have never been on a kayak and probably never will attempt one because I don’t love the water or water activities. Dining by the water in summer is another story…I am affected by weather – I am slowly hating winter as I get older and can’t get enough summer sunshine. Total reverse of who I used to be. I could do without rainy gloomy days when they happen on Mondays. Or on weekends where I planned to be at the beach.
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  4. says

    I can do rain, but I hate, hate, HATE the wind. That being said, rain isn’t my favourite thing either. Did I mention that it rained almost every single day that I was in Kauai? And that we had to cancel our paddle boarding and kayaking plans because of it? I was planning on heading up to the mountains to go hiking last weekend, and yeah… that one got rained out too. So I definitely feel ya on the sulking. I turned to chocolate orange bread for comfort though…
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  5. says

    I hate bad weather. That’s why winter sucks so much – the sky is grey for so much of the time. Cold weather and blue skies? I can actually do that. But cold weather and grey skies (or worse, SNOW), kill me now.
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  6. says

    The only upside to rain is that I don’t have to remember to water my garden. I’m allergic to snow and ice, so winter is the worst and makes me super depressed. I don’t mind rain as much as long as it’s warm outside!

    That salad looks delicious and summery, though, even if you only got to eat it in your kitchen!
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  7. says

    OMG. I’m only like three episodes in of Orange and I’m already freaking out that I won’t be able to finish it before I leave. I would like to spend the remainder of my time here in front of the screen faceplanting into this gorg salad!

  8. says

    I was super depressed all last week because the weather was shit. And it just stinks to be outside in general when it rains. Part of me wants to say that that’s why i like snow more than rain, cause you won’t get soaked immediately… but then I remember the cold. Ew.

    Love edamame, but still unsure about apricots. Perhaps this will convert me!
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  9. says

    Bummer! I only dislike rain when I have to go somewhere or do something. Otherwise it’s great atmosphere to cozy up indoors to a movie or book.

    Of course, since moving form Nebraska to California seven years ago I can’t complain about rainy winters. Especially since this last winter compared to living in Antarctica. If there’s anything worse than rain, it’s snow. When you come inside from snow, you’re just as wet as if you had been in rain, plus it’s COLD.
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  10. Alisa says

    So sorry to hear about your rained on picnic!! It is funny, though, to see just how many people hate the rain from the comments! I am the complete opposite! Maybe it’s because I live in southern California and it’s a miracle when we get rain but I constantly hoping for rain! If I hear that rain is in the forecast for the week, I wish the rest of the days away until the rainy day comes. I LOVE rain. Rain must be my absolute favorite type of weather. However, If it were to rain on my picnic I would be a little upset as well because I do not do well when things don’t go according to plan. Hopefully a sunny day is in the forecast for you! :)

    On another note, that salad looks absolutely delicious!! I cannot wait to try it out!

  11. says

    What a beauty of a salad! I so feel your pain on the weather. I grew up in WI and believe I was depressed most of my childhood due to the weather. Since moving to AZ, I’m a much happier person and convinced it’s the vast amount of daily sun we get.
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  12. says

    So the Hubby and I did actually go canoeing last year and there is NO ROOM IN THE BOAT FOR SNACKS. For real, the Hubby made me leave them behind. I did stuff my phone in a Ziploc bag and shoved it in my bikini top. We’re planning on doing it again this year, and I’m planning on bringing snacks. I haven’t figured out the logistics yet, but mark my words, it will happen.

    Maybe I’ll bring this salad. It’s beautiful and I like edamame.

  13. says

    How come only the salad got devoured? I would have pulled out those meats, cheese, grapes, and gone to picnic town on a blanket on the floor while binging on Orange Is The New Black. Wait… did I just tell you how I plan to spend my evening tonight? Yep. Definitely going to try this salad soon!
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  14. says

    Oh rubbish – that sounded like such a great day as well. I can vouch that kayaking is really hard – maybe it is because I am a bit special though… I found it really hard to go straight haha. If wind and rain are together I can turn pyschotic – it makes me really angry for some unknown reason – Johnny thinks I am mental as I am cursing under my umbrella haha. The day looks like it was saved by some pretty good dessert – so you are still winning. Plus this salad looks great – one for the lunch box – pronto!
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  15. says

    I am totally affected by the weather! I get soooo cranky when its not nice out and I want to do something fun on the weekend. I probably would have been in a really bad mood if that happened to me! Last week it rained here Monday through Friday. Then Friday afternoon we drove up the Cape where it proceeded to rain most of the day on Saturday while it was nice and sunny in NYC. I honestly started to feel a bit depressed from lack of sunshine!
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  16. says

    I like a rainy day about once a month – beyond that and my mood suffers a lot!!!
    Sorry you didn’t get the picnic – hopefully soon!!
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