Thai Quinoa Salad with Peanut Lime Salad

As promised…here it is…the salad recipe of the summer!  It’s SO good.Take it to every pot luck or picnic where you want to become famous!  Or make it at home and hide it in the back of the fridge in an opaque container!  You choose…

Thai Quinoa Salad

serves 4-6 or just me

Ingredients:

1 c uncooked quinoa, rinsed

2 c chopped red cabbage

1 c shredded carrots

1 red pepper, thinly sliced

1/4 red onion, finely diced

1/2 c dry roasted peanuts

1/2 c chopped cilantro

Dressing:

1/4 c peanut butter or nut butter of your choice

2 teaspoons fresh grated ginger

3 T soy sauce

2 T maple syrup

2 T seasoned rice vinegar

Juice of 1 big fat lime or 2 small wimpy little limes

1 T fish sauce (there are plant based options available)

1 t Thai chili paste

Directions

Rinse quinoa with cold water in a mesh strainer until water runs clear.  (This removes the bitter coating.)  In a medium saucepan, bring 1 1/4 c water to a boil.  Add quinoa and bring mixture back to a boil.  Cover, reduce heat to low and let it simmer for 12-15 min till quinoa has absorbed all the water.  Remove from heat and fluff with a fork.  

Make the dressing.  Put peanut butter is microwavable bowl and heat in microwave for 30 seconds.  Add in ginger, soy sauce, vinegar, maple syrup, fish sauce, lime juice and Thai chili paste.  Stir till smooth.

Add dressing to quinoa.  Fold in cabbage, red pepper, carrots, onion, peanuts and cilantro.

Enjoy!  

inspired by love well blog

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