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Crunchy Thai Quinoa Salad

This Crunchy Thai Quinoa Salad is definitely a staple recipe for me, I could seriously eat this every night. It is so refreshing, packed with flavor and filling. It is oil-free, gluten-free, dairy-free and ADDICTING.

Also, look at those colors together! If you have heard the expression "eat the rainbow", this is a true depiction of that. The reason why this expression exists is because when you add more naturally colorful foods into your everyday diet, it ensures you are getting a diverse amount of nutrients. This dish really has all the colors and is filled with a variety of essential vitamins and minerals that will fuel your body and make you thrive.

After eating this, you will feel energized and satisfied, yet probably wanting to go back for more!


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Ingredients for the salad:


  • 1 cup quinoa, uncooked

  • 2 cups purple cabbage, chopped

  • 1 cup carrots, grated

  • 1 cup sugar snap peas, chopped

  • 1/2 cup cilantro, chopped

  • 1/2 cup scallions, thinly sliced

  • 1/4 cup peanuts, roasted

Ingredients for the dressing:

  • 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter

  • 3 tbsp tamari (or soy sauce)

  • 1 tbsp honey

  • 1 tbsp rice vinegar

  • 1-inch fresh ginger, grated

  • Juice of 1 lime

Recommended toppings:

  • peanuts, roasted

  • cilantro, chopped

  • lime juice

Directions:

1. Add 1 cup of uncooked quinoa to pot with 2 cups of water. Place the stove on high heat until water begins to boil. Once boiling, stir, reduce heat to medium-low, cover and cook for 15 minutes (until all water is absorbed). Set aside to cool.


2. In a large bowl, add chopped cabbage, carrots, sugar snapped peas, cilantro, green onion and quinoa and mix together.


3. Make the dressing by mixing peanut butter and tamari together until smooth consistency. Then add in honey, rice vinegar, ginger, lime juice and whisk together.


4. Pour dressing into large mixing bowl with the dry ingredients and mix until evenly coated and add peanuts on top.


Enjoy!


Recipe inspired by Cookie and Kate


Do you like Thai food? Let me know your favorite Thai dish in the comment box below.

 

Health Benefits from the ingredients in the Thai Peanut & Quinoa Salad:

  • Cabbage lowers LDL cholesterol, reduces inflammation, aids digestion, may help reduce risk of cancer

  • Carrots improve eye health, boost immunity, aid digestion, reduce inflammation

  • Cilantro promotes detoxification, helps reverse candida, boosts immunity, reduces inflammation, supports bone health

  • Ginger aids digestion, boosts immunity, promotes cell growth

  • Peanuts promote heart health, support neurological health, reduce inflammation

  • Snap Peas aid digestion, support blood sugar regulation, reduce inflammation

  • Scallions boost immunity

  • Quinoa is high in fiber & protein, controls blood sugar levels, high in antioxidants


xoxo Holly

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