You’ll love this Thai Quinoa Salad, a delicious side dish with crunchy veggies and cashews, in an amazing tasting peanut sauce! Plus, this salad keeps fresh for days, when refrigerated!
You'll love this Thai Quinoa Salad, a delicious side dish with crunchy veggies and cashews, in an amazing tasting peanut sauce! Salad keeps fresh for days!

Do you cook with quinoa ?  This year I have enjoyed finding new recipes and making them for our family using this superfood! I have begun keeping quinoa in our pantry year-round, because there are so many recipes that can be made using it.

What Other Dishes Can You Use Quinoa For?

If you enjoy quinoa (pronounced KEEN-wah), you will enjoy my recipes for Southwest Quinoa Salad, Quinoa Enchilada Casserole, Creamy Chicken Broccoli Quinoa Casserole, or Mediterranean Quinoa Salad.  Each of those  recipes are fantastic, and full of flavor salads!

Recently I tried a recipe for a Thai Quinoa Salad with Peanut Sauce. Oh man… we LOVED this salad, and enjoyed the many vegetables, crunchy cashews, and the amazing sauce!

Best part? It’s EASY to make, and any leftovers last for several days, if refrigerated, so it’s a great little side dish to have in the fridge!

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How To Make Thai Quinoa Salad:

Start with the peanut sauce. To make peanut sauce, mix all sauce ingredients (except water) in a medium sized bowl. Heat about 3/4 cup of water until it is just about to boil (but not boiling).  Slowly add the hot water, a little bit at a time, stirring or whisking the sauce very well as you go.

Continue to slowly add the hot water until the peanut sauce is thin enough to pour, but not too thin! I used a total of 1/2 cup water, and it was perfect! Once done, set sauce aside.

Making peanut sauce for Thai quinoa salad.

Prepare the quinoa according to the instructions on the package (while quinoa cooks, prep veggies for the salad). Once quinoa is done cooking, let quinoa cool to room temperature.

Quinoa is cooked to add to Thai salad.

Place grated carrots, cilantro, shredded cabbage, sliced green onions, and thinly sliced (or diced) red bell pepper into a salad bowl. Sorry for the slightly blurry photo… but aren’t those colors pretty?

Cabbage, carrots, cilantro, red bell pepper and green onions prepped for Thai quinoa salad.

Add the cooked, cool quinoa and cashews to the salad.

Cooked quinoa and cashews added to Thai salad vegetables.

Pour the peanut sauce into the salad. Stir these ingredients really well, to combine and fully coat everything in sauce.

Peanut sauce is added to Thai quinoa salad.

This is what it looks like once combined. Thai quinoa salad sure is colorful! I garnished it with a few additional cilantro leaves and cashews, and sprinkled salad with sesame seeds before serving.

Thai quinoa salad is mixed together, and garnished with sesame seeds and cilantro.

Thai quinoa salad with peanut sauce is ready to serve!

The night we first had the salad, I served it alongside chicken that we had roasted on our Traeger grill!  The crunchy, colorful, flavor-filled Thai quinoa salad tasted fantastic paired with the slices of chicken breast!

Thai quinoa salad is served as a side dish for roasted chicken.

I really hope you enjoy this Thai Quinoa Salad.  By the way… if you eat a gluten-free diet, simply swap out Tamari for the soy sauce in the sauce, and you’ll be good to go! ENJOY!

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Recipe Source: https://www.thegardengrazer.com/2018/04/fresh-thai-quinoa-salad-with-peanut-html

Thai Quinoa Salad with Peanut Sauce
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
0 mins
Total Time
20 mins
 
You'll love this Thai Quinoa Salad, a delicious side dish with crunchy veggies and cashews, in an amazing tasting peanut sauce! Salad keeps fresh for days!
Category: Salad
Cuisine: Thai
Keyword: Thai quinoa salad
Servings: 8 (as a side)
Calories Per Serving: 227 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
For Peanut Sauce:
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 2 Tablespoons brown sugar , or maple syrup
  • Tablespoons soy sauce , or tamari (for gluten free)
  • 2 cloves garlic , minced
  • 2 Tablespoons lime juice (fresh) , or lemon
  • 3/4 teaspoon grated ginger
  • 1/2 cup hot water ,(to thin to desired consistency)
For Salad:
  • 3/4 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 1 medium carrot , grated
  • cups red cabbage , shredded
  • 1 red bell pepper , thinly sliced or diced
  • 2 green onions , sliced (white and green parts)
  • 1/3 cup cilantro
  • 1/2 cup cashews , or peanuts
  • Cilantro, cashews, sesame seeds OPTIONAL, for garnish
Instructions
Make Peanut Sauce:
  1. Mix all ingredients (except water) in a medium sized bowl. Heat about 3/4 cup of water until it is just about to boil (but not boiling).  Slowly add the hot water, a little bit at a time, stirring or whisking the sauce very well as you go.  Continue to slowly add the hot water until the peanut sauce is thin enough to pour, but not too thin! **I used a total of 1/2 cup water, and it was perfect!** Once done, set sauce aside.

  2. Prepare the quinoa according to the instructions on the package (while quinoa cooks, prep veggies for the salad). Once quinoa is done cooking, let quinoa cool to room temperature.
  3. Place grated carrots, cilantro, shredded cabbage, sliced green onions, and thinly sliced (or diced) red bell pepper into a salad bowl. Add cooked, cooled quinoa and the cashews to salad. Add peanut sauce to the salad. Stir well, to thoroughly combine all ingredients. That's it!

  4. Serve at room temperature or chilled, garnished with a few additional cilantro leaves and cashews, and sprinkled with sesame seeds, if desired. Store any leftovers in a sealed container in refrigerator. This salad will keep it's crunch and flavor for 3-4 days if refrigerated. ENJOY!

Recipe Notes

NOTE: You can substitute Tamari for the soy sauce in the peanut sauce, to make this salad gluten-free.

Nutrition Facts
Thai Quinoa Salad with Peanut Sauce
Amount Per Serving (1 serving (1/8 of total))
Calories 227 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Fat 12g18%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Sodium 276mg12%
Potassium 359mg10%
Carbohydrates 22g7%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 8g16%
Vitamin A 2000IU40%
Vitamin C 31.1mg38%
Calcium 33mg3%
Iron 1.9mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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