Recipe: Crunchy Cashew Thai Quinoa Salad with Ginger Peanut Dressing

recipe: Salads


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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on August 10, 2017 at 6:18 AM Reply

I have not made a recipe with quinoa and not cooked it first. How does that work out in this recipe? Does it soften up due to the dressing?

    on August 10, 2017 at 9:42 AM Reply

    Hi Sherry - if you click on the green circle it brings you to the full directions where it tells you how to cook the quinoa :) You definitely do want to cook it first!

on June 27, 2017 at 9:08 PM Reply

Made this tonight and it was delicious! I didn't realize I was out of quinoa and it was so good I ate it without! Only other substition was that I added raw broccoli. Would definitely recommend adding the beans which added to the nutty flavor. This made a Lot! Definitely enough for 4+ people ( or 4 meals if you're like me and made it for yourself). Yum!

on June 25, 2017 at 4:37 PM Reply

How far in advance could I make the dressing?

    on June 26, 2017 at 9:21 AM Reply

    Probably a day or two!

on October 3, 2016 at 11:06 AM Reply

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

on September 8, 2016 at 7:34 PM Reply

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!

on July 7, 2016 at 2:57 PM Reply

This is DELISH!!!!!

on April 10, 2016 at 9:15 PM Reply

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

on January 17, 2016 at 12:41 PM Reply

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

    on July 16, 2016 at 3:48 PM Reply

    I use coconut aminos to replace soy sauce.

    on June 28, 2016 at 7:08 PM Reply

    Braggs Liquid Aminos is a great sub!

    on January 18, 2016 at 3:57 PM Reply

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

on November 9, 2015 at 10:29 AM Reply

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

    on November 9, 2015 at 11:16 AM Reply

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

on July 27, 2015 at 5:22 PM Reply

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