Quinoa tossed with a medley of fresh, crunchy veggies and drizzled with a delicious peanut sauce. Everyone always loves this fun and delicious and easy Thai quinoa salad. 
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 Quinoa tossed with a medley of fresh, crunchy veggies and drizzled with a delicious peanut sauce. Everyone always loves this fun and delicious and easy quinoa salad. | tastesbetterfromscratch.com
This Thai Quinoa Salad has been a favorite of mine for years! I first shared this recipe in January 2014, and, even though it already has great reader reviews, I thought it was in desperate need of being pulled out of the archives for those of you who haven’t tried it yet!
A bowl filled with edamame, cabbage, bell pepper, red onion, carrots, and quinoa.
Not only is this Thai quinoa salad recipe healthy, fresh and tasty, but all of the different colorful veggies make it beautiful, too. Red bell pepper, purple cabbage, onion, carrots, edamame, cilantro and green onion–wow that’s a lot of veggies!
An overhead view of Thai quinoa salad in a glass bowl.

A great tip to make this recipe even easier is to chop all of the veggies the day before. Also, cook the quinoa the night before so it can cool in the fridge. You can also make the peanut dressing several days in advance, if you want. Store it in an airtight container, in the fridge.

Add the dressing to the salad gradually, to taste. You may not want to use it all. Also, I wouldn’t add the dressing until right before you’re going to serve the salad. And my last tip: save the cashews until the end, right when you’re ready to serve, so that they stay crunchy.

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Recipe

Quinoa tossed with a medley of fresh, crunchy veggies and drizzled with a delicious peanut sauce. Everyone always loves this fun and delicious and easy quinoa salad. | tastesbetterfromscratch.com
Prep 15 mins
Cook 20 mins
Total 35 mins
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Ingredients
  

  • ¾ cup uncooked quinoa
  • 1 heaping cup red cabbage , shredded
  • 1 red bell pepper , diced
  • 1/4 cup red onion , chopped
  • 1 cup carrot , shredded
  • 1 cup edamame , shelled
  • ½ cup fresh cilantro , chopped
  • 2 green onions , chopped
  • ½ cup cashew halves

For the dressing:

  • ¼ cup peanut butter , crunchy or smooth
  • 2 teaspoons freshly grated ginger
  • 3 Tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon honey
  • 1 Tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon sriracha hot sauce
  • water to thin if necessary

Instructions
 

  • Cook quinoa according to package directions. You should have a little over 2 cups of quinoa.

For the dressing:

  • Add peanut butter and honey to a microwave safe bowl and heat in microwave for 10-20. Stir until smooth. 
  • Add in ginger, soy sauce, vinegar, sesame oil, olive oil and sriracha and stir until smooth and creamy. 
  • If necessary, thin the dressing by adding a little more olive oil or some water. Taste and add more hot sauce, if desired.
  • Drizzle half of the dressing over the cooked and cooled quinoa. Toss to combine.
  • In a large bowl combine the red pepper, onion, cabbage, carrots, edamame, and cilantro. 
  • Fold in the quinoa. Add as much of the remaining dressing as you'd like (to taste). Add cashews and garnish with green onions. Enjoy.

Nutrition

Calories: 279kcalCarbohydrates: 28gProtein: 11gFat: 14gSaturated Fat: 2gSodium: 594mgPotassium: 520mgFiber: 5gSugar: 7gVitamin A: 4315IUVitamin C: 29.9mgCalcium: 47mgIron: 2.9mg

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Nutrition Facts
Thai Quinoa Salad
Amount per Serving
Calories
279
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
14
g
22
%
Saturated Fat
 
2
g
10
%
Sodium
 
594
mg
25
%
Potassium
 
520
mg
15
%
Carbohydrates
 
28
g
9
%
Fiber
 
5
g
20
%
Sugar
 
7
g
8
%
Protein
 
11
g
22
%
Vitamin A
 
4315
IU
86
%
Vitamin C
 
29.9
mg
36
%
Calcium
 
47
mg
5
%
Iron
 
2.9
mg
16
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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    1. 5 stars
      My new favorite recipe! I topped it with grilled shrimp. Prep was time consuming but worth it. All of my friends now have this recipe.
      Thank you!

  1. 5 stars
    I was looking for a Thai peanut dressing and found this one! Wow! It’s an absolute new favorite dressing in our house! I used crunchy peanut butter and for the sriracha sauce I replaced it with a homemade hot sauce I make. It tastes great! I’m sure it would still taste great with sriracha sauce. What’s also nice about it is you can make it whatever consistency you want thick or thin. I’m sorry I can’t give a comment on the rest of the salad yet, but since the sauce is amazing I’m sure the rest is!

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