Crunchy Thai Peanut & Quinoa Salad

When it gets hot outside we tend to eat lighter fare for dinner here at the Common Housefly Test Kitchen. Salads and stir-fries tend to dominate the menu. In that vein I am posting this recipe for a Crunchy Thai Peanut & Quinoa salad  that we had for dinner recently. It is delicious and satisfying, is vegan, gluten free, and packs well for lunch. You can use whatever vegetables you have on hand - it's all good this time of year.


Crunchy Thai Peanut & Quinoa Salad

Serves 4

INGREDIENTS:

Salad

  • ¾ cup uncooked quinoa or millet
  • 1 ½ cups water
  • 2 cups shredded purple cabbage
  • 1 cup grated carrot
  • 1 cup thinly sliced snow peas or sugar snap peas
  • ½ cup chopped cilantro
  • ¼ cup thinly sliced green onion
  • ¼ cup chopped roasted and salted peanuts, for garnish

Peanut sauce

  • ¼ cup smooth peanut butter
  • 3 tablespoons reduced-sodium tamari or soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup or honey
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger (I love ginger so I used 2 teaspoons)
  • ½ lime, juiced (about 1 ½ tablespoons)
  • Pinch of red pepper flakes

DIRECTIONS:

1. Cook the quinoa: First, rinse the quinoa in a fine mesh colander under running water. In a medium-sized pot, combine the rinsed quinoa and 1 ½ cups water. Bring the mixture to a gentle boil over medium heat, then reduce the heat to medium-low and gently simmer the quinoa until it has absorbed all of the water. Remove the quinoa from heat, cover the pot and let it rest for 5 minutes. Uncover the pot and fluff the quinoa with a fork. Set it aside to cool.

2. Meanwhile, make the peanut sauce: Whisk together the peanut butter and tamari until smooth (if this is difficult, microwave the mixture for up to 30 seconds to loosen it up). Add the remaining ingredients and whisk until smooth. If the mixture seems too thick to toss into the salad, whisk in a bit of water to loosen it up (I didn’t need to do this).

3. In a large serving bowl, combine the cooked quinoa, shredded cabbage, carrot, snow peas, cilantro and green onion. Toss to combine, then pour in the peanut sauce. Toss again until everything it lightly coated in sauce. Taste, and if it doesn’t taste quite amazing yet, add a pinch of salt and toss again. Divide into individual bowls and garnish with peanuts.

4. This salad keeps well, covered and refrigerated, for about 4 days. If you don’t want your chopped peanuts to get soggy, store them separately from the rest and garnish just before serving.

 

Hat tip to Cookie + Kate for the recipe

Michael Liss