Crunchy Thai Peanut Quinoa Salad Recipe

Crunchy Thai Peanut Quinoa Salad Recipe

How To Make Crunchy Thai Peanut Quinoa Salad

Make a vegan meal with this delicious quinoa salad tossed with cabbage and carrots. It’s tossed in peanut sauce to capture some rich Thai flavors.

Preparation: 20 minutes
Cooking: 20 minutes
Total: 40 minutes



For Salad:

  • ¾cupuncooked quinoa,or millet
  • cups water
  • 2cupsshredded purple cabbage
  • 1cupgrated carrot
  • 1cupsnow peas,thinly sliced, or sugar snap peas
  • ½cupchopped cilantro
  • ¼cupthinly sliced green onion
  • ¼cuproasted and salted peanuts,chopped , for garnish

For Peanut Sauce:

  • ¼cupsmooth peanut butter
  • 3tbspreduced-sodium tamari,or soy sauce
  • 1tbspmaple syrup,or honey
  • 1tbsprice vinegar
  • 1tsptoasted sesame oil
  • 1tspgrated fresh ginger
  • tbsplime,(about ½ lime)
  • pinchred pepper flakes


  1. First, rinse the quinoa in a fine mesh colander under running water. In a medium-sized pot, combine the rinsed quinoa and 1 ½ cups water.

  2. Bring the mixture to a gentle boil over medium heat, then reduce the heat to medium-low and gently simmer the quinoa until it has absorbed all of the water.

  3. Remove the quinoa from heat, cover the pot and let it rest for 5 minutes. Uncover the pot and fluff the quinoa with a fork. Set it aside to cool.

  4. Meanwhile, make the peanut sauce. Whisk together the peanut butter and tamari until smooth (if this is difficult, microwave the mixture for up to 30 seconds to loosen it up).

  5. Add the remaining ingredients and whisk until smooth. If the mixture seems too thick to toss into the salad, whisk in a bit of water to loosen it up.

  6. In a large serving bowl, combine the cooked quinoa, shredded cabbage, carrot, snow peas, cilantro, and green onion. Toss to combine, then pour in the peanut sauce.

  7. Toss again until everything is lightly coated in sauce. Taste, add a pinch of salt if needed, and toss again. Divide into individual bowls and garnish with peanuts.

  8. This salad keeps well, covered and refrigerated, for about 4 days. To keep chopped peanuts from getting soggy, store them separately from the rest and garnish just before serving.


  • Calories: 335.86kcal
  • Fat: 16.10g
  • Saturated Fat: 2.79g
  • Trans Fat: 0.01g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 7.56g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 4.53g
  • Carbohydrates: 38.33g
  • Fiber: 6.43g
  • Sugar: 9.28g
  • Protein: 13.37g
  • Sodium: 831.58mg
  • Calcium: 81.88mg
  • Potassium: 623.73mg
  • Iron: 3.24mg
  • Vitamin A: 272.74µg
  • Vitamin C: 39.54mg
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