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Thai Quinoa Salad with Peanut Sauce Recipe (Vegan, GF)

This Thai Quinoa Salad with Peanut Sauce 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.

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This crunchy and delicious Thai Quinoa Cabbage Salad recipe makes such a fantastic meal. 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 dinner.  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.

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

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What’s In This Cabbage Quinoa Salad?

Cook Quinoa in Your Rice Cooker or Instant Pot!

Quinoa is one of my favorite grains: its hearty, healthy, protein-packed, and filling.  I love throwing quinoa into soups, salads, or chilis.  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!

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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 for a crowd – 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.
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How Do I Make This Thai Quinoa Salad with Peanut Sauce?

  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

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Tofu ‘Egg’ Salad  (Vegan, Gluten Free, Dairy Free)

Vegan Tzatziki Pasta Salad (Gluten Free, Summer Side Dish)

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Vegan Thai Quinoa Salad with Peanut Sauce

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This Thai Quinoa Salad with Peanut Sauce is crunchy, healthy, and packed with protein. Easy, vegan, and prefect for everyone at your table. 
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Appetizer, Salad
Cuisine Asian, Thai
Servings 10 servings
Calories 285 kcal

Ingredients
  

For The Salad

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

For The Peanut Sauce Dressing

  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup rice wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons peanut butter
  • 2 tablespoons mirin
  • 2 teaspoons Tamari or substitute soy sauce if not gluten free
  • 1 lime juiced

Instructions
 

  • In a large bowl, combine the quinoa, cabbage, carrots, cucumber, Thai basil, 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.

Nutrition

Calories: 285kcalCarbohydrates: 51gProtein: 12gFat: 19gSaturated Fat: 3gSodium: 46mgPotassium: 583mgFiber: 7gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 2398IUVitamin C: 14mgCalcium: 65mgIron: 4mg
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9 Comments

  1. Debbie Hudson

    I’m planning to make this recipe, however, in the ingredients list it calls for Thai basil and in the directions it say to use cilantro. Has anyone made this recipe? What did you use?

    • Kelly Jensen

      5 stars
      Hello Debbie, thank you for letting me know – I’ve corrected the recipe to say ‘Thai Basil’ which is what you should include in the salad. Please let me know how you liked it!

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