Recipe: Crunchy Cashew Thai Quinoa Salad with Ginger Peanut Dressing

recipe: Salads

This crunchy cashew quinoa salad is SO yummy, it will turn anyone who isn't sure about quinoa into a huge fan!


Salad is my go-to lunch choice, so I knew this quinoa salad would hit the spot! I love that the recipe is filled with loads of healthy goodness: carrots, cabbage, quinoa, cilantro, cashews, red pepper, and onion. If you want to serve with a protein, baked salmon would make a delicious pairing!



  • ¾ cup uncooked quinoa
  • 1-2 cups shredded red cabbage, depending on how much crunch you like
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • ½ red onion, diced
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • ½ cup chopped cilantro
  • ¼ cup diced green onions
  • ½ cup cashew halves or peanuts (honey-roasted is good)
  • Optional: 1 cup edamame or chickpeas
  • Fresh lime, for a bit of tang
  • For the dressing:
  • ¼ cup all natural peanut butter
  • 2 teaspoons freshly grated ginger
  • 3 tablespoon soy sauce, gluten-free if desired
  • 1 tablespoon honey (use agave if vegan)
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • Water to thin, if necessary

From the kitchen of: Ambitious Kitchen

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Vicki Bean on October 3, 2016 at 11:06 AMReply

Looks like a recipe I would like to share with my kids❣

doctor on September 8, 2016 at 7:34 PMReply

add a few handfuls of fresh spinach for a greens boost. i also threw in trader joe's sriracha baked tofu for additional protein - say what?! yum!

Michele Lose on July 7, 2016 at 2:57 PMReply

This is DELISH!!!!!

Chris on April 10, 2016 at 9:15 PMReply

This is a great recipe. Really enjoyed it. Will definitely be making this again. This recipe is a keeper. Thanks so much for sharing.

JLC on January 17, 2016 at 12:41 PMReply

Would it still be good without the soy sauce? Is there a substitution?

    Amanda on July 16, 2016 at 3:48 PMReply

    I use coconut aminos to replace soy sauce.

    Amy on June 28, 2016 at 7:08 PMReply

    Braggs Liquid Aminos is a great sub!

    Chris Freytag on January 18, 2016 at 3:57 PMReply

    I've not tried it without soy sauce but here's a great article on alternatives:

Emilie on November 9, 2015 at 10:29 AMReply

I've been looking at the recipe for a while. I finally made it, and can't get enough! Yummy!

    Chris Freytag on November 9, 2015 at 11:16 AMReply

    So glad to hear that, Emilie! This one is one of my faves!!

Wendy on July 27, 2015 at 5:22 PMReply

If you want the instructions you have to click on the thing that says, "Want to make this recipe? Click here for the recipe"

Carina Smith on July 23, 2015 at 4:24 PMReply

This is a great looking dish! I'm making it for company tonight - does this recipe serve 1 person? Trying to figure out how to adjust for 6 people! ;-) Thanks so much for sharing this gen!

Christa on July 19, 2015 at 8:37 AMReply

For peanut allergic...could you sub almond butter for the dressing? Or what would you recommend? Thanks!

Brandi on July 19, 2015 at 7:38 AMReply

Uncooked quinoa? Do you soak and sprout it first or does it soak in the dressing before you eat it?

    Chris Freytag on July 20, 2015 at 4:14 PMReply

    No, you cook the quinoa according to the directions on the quinoa you buy!

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