Crunchy Cashew Thai Quinoa Salad


What’s for dinner? Do you hear this every evening and then not sure how to answer? Do you struggle with figuring out what to make for dinner every week? It’s so easy to just grab something quick or order take out. Try this quick and easy healthy clean Crunchy Cashew Thai Salad. This dish will surprise your whole family. Make a double batch and freeze for another meal.

Crunchy Cashew Thai Quinoa Salad

Crunchy Cashew Thai Quinoa Salad

I made this last week for my family and they just loved it. I added grilled chicken to the recipe to make it a main dish. You can also leave out the chicken and serve it as a side. You can also sub in fish, tofu or steak instead of chicken. Really your options are limitless make this dish your own.
Red Cabbage, Onions, Red Peppers, Garlic

Red Cabbage, Onions, Red Peppers, Garlic

 

Crunchy Cashew Thai Quinoa Salad

Crunchy Cashew Thai Quinoa Salad

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Crunchy Cashew Thai Quinoa Salad

Ingredients

  • Ingredients
  • ¾ cup uncooked quinoa
  • 1-2 cups shredded red cabbage , depending on how much crunch you like
  • 1 red bell pepper , diced
  • ½ red onion , diced
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • ½ cup chopped cilantro
  • ¼ cup diced green onions
  • ½ cup cashew halves or peanuts (honey-roasted is good)
  • Optional: 1 cup edamame or chickpeas
  • Fresh lime , for a bit of tang
  • For the dressing:
  • ¼ cup all natural peanut butter
  • 2 teaspoons freshly grated ginger
  • 3 tablespoon soy sauce , gluten-free if desired
  • 1 tablespoon honey (use agave if vegan)
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • Water to thin , if necessary

Instructions

  1. To cook quinoa: Rinse quinoa with cold water in mesh strainer. In a medium saucepan, bring 1 ½ cups of water to a boil. Add in quinoa and bring mixture to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to low and let simmer for 15 minutes or until quinoa has absorbed all of the water. Remove from heat and fluff quinoa with fork; place in large bowl and set aside to cool for about 10 minutes. You should have a little over 2 cups of quinoa.
  2. To make dressing: Add peanut butter and honey or agave to a medium microwave safe bowl; heat in microwave for 20 seconds. Add in ginger, soy sauce, vinegar, and both sesame and olive oil and stir until mixture is smooth and creamy. If you want a thinner dressing, simply stir in a teaspoon or two of water or olive oil.
  3. Add as much or as little dressing as you’d like to the quinoa. I always start out with a little bit of dressing and usually add more to suit my taste preferences. Alternatively you can save the dressing for later and add when you are ready to eat; however the flavors of the dressing usually soak into the salad so I love adding it to the quinoa first.
  4. Next fold in red pepper, onion, cabbage, carrots, and cilantro into the quinoa. Garnish with cashews and green onions. Serve chilled or at room temperature with lime wedges if desired.

 

  1. Add as much or as little dressing as you’d like to the quinoa. I always start out with a little bit of dressing and usually add more to suit my taste preferences. Alternatively you can save the dressing for later and add when you are ready to eat; however the flavors of the dressing usually soak into the salad so I love adding it to the quinoa first.
  2. Next fold in red pepper, onion, cabbage, carrots, and cilantro into the quinoa. Garnish with cashews and green onions. Serve chilled or at room temperature with lime wedges if desired.

 

Enjoy!!

Leave me a comment below if you have any questions or have an ingredient suggestions. I’d love to here what you thought about this recipe after you make it!

 

Have a wonderful day!

 

Kristin

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