Thai Quinoa Cabbage Salad (Vegan, Gluten Free, Summer Side Dish)

This Thai quinoa cabbage salad is crunchy, healthy, and packed with protein. Easy, vegan, and prefect for everyone at your table.  This salad is great to meal prep for quick lunches throughout the week, and is a perfect summer side dish for a BBQ, potluck, or cookout.

Happy 4th of July everyone!  I hope you and your families have a safe, socially distanced, and healthy 4th!  Speaking of healthy….
Quinoa salads are one of my FAVORITE summer go-to lunches! I love a quick no-cook lunch, that I can meal prep for lunches throughout the week.  This Thai quinoa and cabbage salad is a delicious, healthy, and hearty salad that will keep you full until lunch.

This Thai Quinoa Cabbage Salad Is:

  • Bright
  • Hearty
  • Sweet and Savory
  • Packed with Flavor
  • Crunchy
  • Versatile: You can add any fresh veggies you have on hand
  • Vegan, Gluten Free, Dairy Free, and can be made Nut Free as well

This is a perfect summer salad to bring to a potluck, party, BBQ, or cookout. The sweet and savory dressing brightens the fresh crunchy vegetables in this salad.  Because this salad is vegan, gluten free, and dairy free – its perfect for anyone at your table.

What’s In This Cabbage Quinoa Salad?

  • Cooked quinoa: I love red quinoa, so I always have plenty stocked in the pantry!  You can use a white quinoa or a blend of different colors – any would turn out fantastic.
  • Cabbage: I used both red and green cabbage, but you can one which ever you prefer… or both!  A pre-shredded coleslaw mix would also work in place of chopped cabbage.
  • Carrots: I used my spiralizer for a fin shape, but you can slice or dice the carrots any way you prefer.
  • Cucumber: Peeled and seeds removed.  Removing the inside seeds keeps the salad from getting too soggy.
  • Fresh herbs: I used fresh Thai basil in this dish, but you can use fresh chopped parsley or cilantro
  • Peanuts: for a delicious and salty crunch.
  • Herby Dressing: bright and savory, the dressing for this salad is an easy blend of oil, rice wine vinegar, mirin, raw garlic, and tamari (or soy sauce if you aren’t gluten free)

Quinoa is one of my favorite grains: its hearty, healthy, protein-packed, and filling.  I love throwing quinoa into soups, salads, or chili’s.  Its great to eat all year long, not just for summer salads.
I used to cook quinoa on the stove top, but now I use either the rice cooker or the Instant Pot.  My Perfect Rice Cooker Quinoa Recipe makes perfect quinoa in about 45 minutes, no stirring or fuss required. If you have an Instant Pot, my Quinoa in the Instant Pot is so simple and takes about 20 minutes start-to-finish!
This salad is super inexpensive to make!  Buying quinoa in bulk is a great way to save on costs, and allows you to keep a well-stocked pantry.  Cabbage is inexpensive all year around, and carrots cost about $3-$4 for a 5lb bag… of organic!  This is a great way to get your veggies in, while also sticking to your budget.  Eating vegan doesn’t have to be expensive, having some great staple recipes like these allow you to save your money to indulge on other things.
This is one of my favorite quinoa salads to make – I love how hearty and delicious it is.  Its also great for entertaining or to bring to a pot luck.  My rainbow quinoa salad is another favorite of mine, and I make it regularly for lunches or to bring to a friend’s house. While we are social distancing this summer, we won’t be heading to too many potlucks.  But I am still cooking up a storm for us at home, so we can enjoy fresh plant-based meals anytime.

How Do I Make This Thai Quinoa Cabbage Salad?

  1. In a large bowl, combine the quinoa, cabbage, carrots, cucumber, basil, and chopped peanuts.
  2. For the dressing, add the minced garlic, rice wine vinegar, olive oil, Tamari or soy sauce, mirin, and lime juice.  Seal mason jar with an airtight lid, and shake well to combine all dressing ingredients.
  3. Pour dressing over the quinoa salad and toss well to combine.

Dietary Modifications

  • This recipe is naturally vegan, vegetarian, plant-based, and dairy free!
  • To make this gluten free, make sure you are using a gluten free soy sauce or tamari in the dressing. You can also use coconut aminos which would be delicious!
  • Naturally refined sugar free
  • To make this nut free – you can substitute the peanuts out for sunflower seeds or pepitas.  Or with crunchy sesame sticks if you have them on hand, yum!

Other Summer Salads We Love!

Coleslaw Pasta Salad (Vegan, Gluten Free, Dairy Free)
Pot Luck Greek Salad with Homemade Vinaigrette (Vegan, Gluten Free, Party Recipe)
Avocado Grapefruit Salad  (Raw Vegan, Paleo, Whole30, Gluten Free)
Tofu ‘Egg’ Salad  (Vegan, Gluten Free, Dairy Free)
Vegan Tzatziki Pasta Salad (Gluten Free, Summer Side Dish)

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Thai Quinoa Cabbage Salad (Vegan, Gluten Free)

This Thai quinoa cabbage salad is crunchy, healthy, and packed with protein. Easy, vegan, and prefect for everyone at your table.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Appetizer, Salad
Cuisine Asian, Thai
Servings 10 servings

Ingredients
  

For The Salad

  • 4 cups cooked quinoa
  • 2 cups chopped red cabbage
  • 2 cups chopped green cabbage
  • 2 carrots chopped or spiralized
  • 1 cucumber peeled and diced
  • 1 cup Thai Basil julienned
  • 1/2 cup peanuts chopped

For The Dressing

  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/2 cup rice wine vinegar
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons Tamari or soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons mirin
  • 1 lime juiced

Instructions
 

  • In a large bowl, combine the quinoa, cabbage, carrots, cucumber, cilantro, and chopped peanuts.
  • For the dressing, add the minced garlic, rice wine vinegar, olive oil, Tamari or soy sauce, mirin, and lime juice.  Seal mason jar with an airtight lid, and shake well to combine all dressing ingredients.
  • Pour dressing over the quinoa salad and toss well to combine.
Keyword Quinoa Cabbage Salad, Red Quinoa Cabbage Salad, Thai Basil Quinoa Salad, Thai Quinoa Salad, Thai Red Quinoa Salad
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