Heather's Bitter & Sweet Asian Salad. Vegan Glutenfree Recipe

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Whenever I stop by Heather's blog Sunday Morning Banana Pancakes, what gets me first is the name. Every time I read it, its generates a feeling of a fun weekend with no stress, bright sunshine, great food and beaches. I just want to pick up a basket and head to Heathers for the Sunday Brunch:) The second thing that entrances me is the photography. I dont know about you, but all those colors, vibrant, pretty and all of them working together, are like a sweet song to my eyes. And her creations always look amazing. 
The food I am talking about, amazing delicious cakes, S'mores Cake you say, the pretty Chocolate Decadence, sticky Zucchini cherry bundt, or a scrumptious Carrot Cake. and loads of cute tartlettes.

Today I have Heather here bringing you this beautiful salad. This is the Spring that I have been missing in the Northwest, in pictures! 

Thank you for the wonderful post Heather.

You can find Heather on Facebook, Pinterest

Now the post.

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What can I say about Richa that hasn't already been said - she is one of the most inspiring ,compassionate & strong Ladies I know. Not only is her personal story and life journey inspiring, when she's in the kitchen that is really where the magic happens - Richa turns out the most creative and inspiring recipes I have ever come across. I am honored to share with you a dish that so very much reminds me of Richa, bright, happy, definitely not bitter despite the name but definitely sweet.

This recipe was originally created for my bi monthly book club discussion - we were to share a dish with our fellow readers that was inspired by the book. The book pick to be discussed: On the Corner of Bitter & Sweet, hence the name of the dish and the flavor profile of the dish. When I began photographing the finished dish the colors and composition reminded me so much of Richa, i just new this was the dish to share with her readers.


 This salad is amazingly easy to throw together and keeps well for a couple of days in the fridge, serves well hot, cold or at room temp - making it the ideal candidate for a potluck or cocktail party.

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The quinoa can easily be swapped for rice, the edamame for green peas and the purple cabbage for green cabbage. Although the purple cabbage makes this dish quite pretty.

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Gluten free, vegan & nut free - this is a dish that certainly pleases a crowd. Even the pickiest of eaters at book club went back for seconds.


Thank you Richa for sharing your space with me today and for being such an amazing friend and beautiful person. The world is so very lucky to have you.


Bitter & Sweet Asian Salad
serves 6-8

you will need:
2 cups cooked quinoa
1/2 cup shelled edamame
1/2 cup diced red pepper
1 medium carrot - peeled into ribbons
1 cup pineapple- cut into bite size pieces
1 1/2 cup(s) shredded purple cabbage

for the dressing
juice of 1 lime
1/4 cup tamari
2 tbsp pure maple syrup
1 tbsp organic rice vinegar
1 tbsp sesame oil
1 tsp ground fresh chili paste
1 tsp of each - black & white sesame seeds


In a large bowl add quinoa through cabbage - gently tossing to mix well.

In a small bowl, add all ingredients for the dressing and whisk until emulsified. 

Add the dressing to the large bowl and gently mix with a rubber spatula until dressing is evenly distributed - garnish with additional sesame seeds if desired.

Serve at room temp, cold or warm - keeps in the fridge for at least 3 days.



  1. I love the name of Heather's blog, too - for the same reasons. Sunday SHOULD be for pancakes and taking it slow and savoring those last hours before the work week begins again.

    This salad sounds so fresh and delicious - and looks stunning.

    1. i know right.. Sunny beautiful sundays filled with pancakes!

  2. this recipe looks delicious and now heading over to Heather :)

  3. colourful delicious healthy meal :)

  4. This salad looks delish! And the pictures-WOW! Simply beautiful. Have a beautiful day! Thanks for sharing this blog with us. I always love when we are directed to new blogs.

  5. That is such a beautiful looking salad. What delightful colors!

    1. I am always mesmerized by the colors in Heather's pictures

  6. Yay, I love you both ladies! Richa and Heather ;)) The coolest vegan chicks on the block ;)

    Miss Richa, I also wanted to let you know that I've been doing some changes on the blog... and there's a whole new name!!! Just so you don't get confused next time you visit ;)) lol
    xo Ella


    1. Awesome! Thanks Ella. I like the new name:)

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  8. The colors are just absolutely popping off the page! Heather, you are incredible! Richa, you're totally right, lets get our baskets and meet at Heather's for Sunday Brunch! xx

    1. One day.. some day.. we will be at Heather's door with a basket full of colorful fruits and veggies:)

  9. What a gorgeous salad! Such gorgeous colors! And I agree- the name of Heather's blog is so catching. I can't say "Sunday Morning" or "Pancakes" without thinking of her. :-)

  10. Looks so tasty. I think I will have to try it. All those wonderful colors and favors.


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