Thai Quinoa Salad

The flavors in this Thai Quinoa Salad recipe are out of this world!   Vibrant colors, crunchy textures, and a fabulous peanut dressing come together to create a healthy, delicious, and visually pretty salad that is guaranteed to be a hit at your next dinner gathering!

For another delicious and nutritious quinoa salad check out my Lemony Quinoa Cannellini Bean Salad!

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Several years ago I was a potluck and someone brought a quinoa salad with a similar flavor profile. I loved it but was never able to get the recipe so I worked on recreating it from memory.  And I absolutely love it!  It’s a healthy and delicious salad that features an array of vibrant colors, crunchy textures, and is tossed with a fabulous peanut dressing.   Serve it at your next picnic, potluck, BBQ or family dinner.  It’s sure to be a hit!

This recipe calls for quinoa, an extraordinarily healthy grain, but you can also substitute any other grain of your choice.  Likewise the peanut dressing used in this recipe can be used for a variety of other applications including a dipping sauce, a sauce for grilled and baked chicken and pork and for other salads.

This salad is naturally gluten free and vegan (simply swap out the honey for a liquid sweetener of your choice) and is high in protein and vitamins.

Can Thai Quinoa Salad Be Made In Advance?

Yes!  Simply prep the veggies and peanut dressing ahead of time, cook and refrigerate the quinoa, and then toss everything together just before serving.  It’s ready in a snap!

Thai Quinoa Salad Recipe

Let’s get started!

Add all the chopped veggies and herbs to a large bowl and toss to combine.

combining vegetables in bowl

Add the cooked, chilled quinoa and stir to combine.  Make sure the quinoa is thoroughly chilled through to prevent it from becoming mushy.

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Add all the peanut dressing ingredients in a bowl or blender and puree until the sauce is smooth.  This time I placed everything in a bowl and used an immersion blender.

thai peanut dressing recipe

Pour the peanut dressing over the salad and stir to combine.  Serve immediately.

Refrigerate any leftovers and let it sit at room temperature for a few minutes before serving.

Enjoy!

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Originally published on The Daring Gourmet on June 30, 2018

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