Light Asian Broccoli Slaw & Quinoa Salad

This deliciously refreshing salad has a little crunch, a little sweet, and a lot of healthy in each bite. And it literally takes TEN minutes to throw together!

Light Asian Broccoli Slaw and Quinoa Salad -


I got the idea from my girlfriend, Nicole, who added tortilla chips to my Sweet & Spicy Tuna and Quinoa Salad (my most re-pinned recipe ever!), to make it less “light”. Loving the idea of the crunch, it inspired me to upgrade my Tuna Lunch Salad into a fun Super Bowl Party Salad, with cranberries and almonds.

The quinoa absorbs the dressing and adds an interesting texture, not usually found in Chinese Chicken Salads—which started the craze for all the Asian-inspired salads—made with Ramen Noodles, which are higher in carbs, fat, and calories! (Who needs those?!)

Did you know that a Chinese Chicken Salad at the Cheesecake Factory is 960 Calories?! They don’t even list the fat or fiber, so it’s impossible to calculate the points.

I’m not sure why these cute little ancient grains (pronounced keen-wah) bring me such joy. 🙂

Especially now that you can buy pre-cooked packages at Trader Joe’s! (Love that!)


Trader Joe's Fully Cooked Quinoa


Mann’s is my favorite Broccoli Slaw because the red cabbage adds color, and I find Trader Joe’s Broccoli Slaw a little tough and unruly! But any brand will do—in fact, you could even use regular cole slaw to change it up.

Manns Broccoli Cole Slaw


Love that you can buy already-toasted almonds! Add them at the end to keep the crunch. If you’re not a fan, sunflower seeds or pepitas (pumpkin seeds) will do the job.

Unsalted Dry Toasted Slivered Almonds


Trader Ming’s Sesame Soy Ginger Vinaigrette rocks! And I love that it doesn’t count on Weight Watchers Simple Start or Simply Filling. But you could substitute any light Asian-inspired dressing. If you’re using an Asian-style dressing with oil, you can leave out the sesame oil.

Trader Ming's Sesame Soy GInger Vinaigrette


Sesame Oil gives a wonderful, rich flavor, and a little goes a long way. If you don’t have any, leave it out, but it adds a lot to any oriental dish, so it’s a worthy investment!

Sesame Oil


I use Trader Joe’s organic Dried Cranberries, which are just as tasty and sweet as the regular ones, but lower in calories and sugar.

cranberries comparison

Trader Joe’s organic Dried Cranberries

3 PointsPlus for 1/3 cup (120 calories)

Trader Joe’s Dried Cranberries

4 PointsPlus for 1/4 cup (140 calories)


Apple Cider Vinegar blends well with the other flavors, and the little bit of acidity brightens up the dish. If you don’t have any, you could use rice vinegar, rice wine vinegar, or even a drop of balsamic vinegar.

Add Trader Joe’s Just Teriyaki Chicken or Teriyaki Tofu Trader Joe’s Organic Baked Tofu, Teriyaki Flavor to make it a complete, low point meal.

Make it Simple Start

If you’re following Weight Watchers Simple Start or Simply Filling Technique, leave out the sesame oil and vinegar, and substitute edamame for the almonds and pomegranate seeds for the cranberries—to keep it all Weight Watchers Power Foods.




Nowadays you don’t even have to tackle the whole pomegranate yourself!

Trader Joe's Pomegranate Seeds



Light Asian Broccoli Slaw & Quinoa Salad
Serves 6
7 Weight Watchers PointsPlus per serving
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
4 min
Total Time
10 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
4 min
Total Time
10 min
262 calories
44 g
0 g
7 g
9 g
1 g
141 g
216 g
8 g
0 g
5 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 262
Calories from Fat 58
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 7g
Saturated Fat 1g
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 3g
Cholesterol 0mg
Sodium 216mg
Total Carbohydrates 44g
Dietary Fiber 7g
Sugars 8g
Protein 9g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  1. 16 oz broccoli slaw mix (recommended: Mann's)
  2. 8 oz cooked quinoa, cooled
  3. 1/2 cup dried cranberries, divided (preferably organic)
  4. 1/4 cup Unsalted Dry Toasted Slivered Almonds (or unsalted sunflower seeds)
  5. 1/2 cup Trader Ming's Fat Free Ginger Soy Dressing
  6. 1 tablespoon reduced sodium soy sauce
  7. 1/4 teaspoon salt (use less if using regular soy sauce)
  8. 1 teaspoon Toasted Sesame Oil (optional)
  9. 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar (or rice wine vinegar, or rice vinegar)
  1. Whisk ginger soy dressing, soy sauce, vinegar, salt, and sesame oil together. (This can be done ahead.)
  2. Combine slaw, quinoa, and 1/4 cup cranberries in a medium serving bowl. Add dressing just before serving and toss to combine. (Start with half and see how much you need.)
  3. Divide among 6 serving bowls and top with toasted almonds and remaining cranberries.
  4. Enjoy!

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Author: Orna

Orna Purkin is the creator of OrnaBakes—where healthy meets yummy. As a former Weight Watchers Leader and Ambassador, her passion is to inspire others with her healthy recipes, favorite food finds, and weight-loss tips — with the odd confession here and there!

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  1. Yummo!! This sounds Delish. Can’t wait to buy all the ingredients and try it!

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    • It’s definitely one of my favorite creations. And sooo quick and easy. Let me know how you like it!

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  2. It’s delicious! It will definitely become a staple for me. Thanks, Orna!!!

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