Dishing Up the Dirt

Sesame Mushroom Quinoa Salad

This is my-go to lunch or dinner when I’m not in the mood to be creative. I love how “meaty” mushrooms are and when they’re tossed with a sesame sauce, plenty of cilantro and topped with a perfectly poached egg it’s next level. I hope you all enjoy this simple and flavorful meal as much as I do.

Cheers from Tumbleweed Farm!

Sesame Mushroom Quinoa Salad with Poached Egg

Prep Time: 10 minutes    Cook Time: 30 minutes    Serves: 4

  • 1 cup dry quinoa
  • 1 lb mixed mushrooms, diced
  • 1 bunch of scallions, (about 2 cups) white and light green parts, minced
  • 1 bunch of cilantro, minced
  • 4 poached eggs (or fried, or soft boiled)
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 1 Tablespoon Grapeseed oil
  • 2 Tablespoons low sodium tamari (or brags liquid aminos or soy sauce)


  1. Combine 1 cup quinoa with 2 cups of water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer until quinoa is fully cooked and can easily be fluffed with a fork. About 12-15 minutes.
  2. Heat sesame oil and grapeseed oil over medium heat in a medium-sized skillet. Add mushrooms; cook, tossing often, until browned, about 10 minutes.
  3. Add scallions to the mushrooms and cook until scallions are tender. About 3-5 minutes.
  4. While mushrooms and scallions cook poach your eggs. You can also fry or soft boil your eggs.
  5. In a large bowl toss the mushrooms and quinoa. Add the cilantro and toss some more. Divide salad evenly among plates and top with poached egg and a drizzle of tamari sauce.


* Use this recipe as a guide *Adjust measurements and ingredients as necessary *Taste test as you go

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9 thoughts on “Sesame Mushroom Quinoa Salad

  1. You are too funny. Though I’m not a country music fan, I get how it would be appealing working in the field. 😉 And this quinoa salad is filling but obviously quick to put together, perfect weeknight dinner after a long day. I don’t eat mushrooms too regularly, but I should, so this may be what I need to make.

  2. I’d help with weeding in exchange for delicious cooking and beer,. Sounds like a fair trade!

    1. Andrea says:

      You’re hired 🙂

  3. Anything with a poached egg on top is sure to be delicious and I love the sesame flavor idea!

    1. Andrea says:

      Poached eggs really are the best addition to any meal 🙂

  4. No judgment on the country – I am that way with pop music! When I’m not in the mood for NPR in the car, it’s Katy Perry or bust (even though I am judging myself for that as I type). This quinoa salad looks so satisfying, and your poached egg? Perfect! I need to learn.

  5. cheri says:

    What a great meal, love the addition of the poached egg.

  6. Heather says:

    I have this dream of living on a farm, although maybe a bit of a smaller one. : ) I love reading about your experiences…and your yummy recipes!

  7. Hilde says:

    Hi! Came across your blog for the first time today & just wanted to say that it will be one of my faves from now on! I like how honest you write about the romantic vs. the hard times of farming. Still, your life seems a dream. Keep it up!

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