Cashew Thai Quinoa Salad with Peanut Ginger Sauce

By Jessica Hylton - - Updated

This Cashew Thai Quinoa Salad is a colourful, crunchy vegan meal perfect for a light lunch or dinner! It’s loaded with Thai inspired ingredients and dressed with a divine peanut ginger sauce!!

cashew thai quinoa salad in a white bowl on top of a striped towel with a golden fork beside it

The other day I did a poll on Facebook asking you all what recipes you want to see more. I get an overwhelming response of “weeknight dinners!” and “lunches!” so I thought, why not do a combination of both? Something that would easily be eaten for dinner, but is also completely fuss free for lunch. I got to work immediately and thus, this Thai Quinoa Salad was born.

Now, how about we get into this total dreamy rainbow effect of a salad?

The peanut ginger sauce sauce being poured into a clear glass bowl with salad fixings in them

Cashew Thai Quinoa Salad Recipe

You may recognise the colours, ingredients and the dressing from my Fresh Spring Rolls recipe. It’s one of my favourite quick meals, so delicious and I wanted to find a way to make it even more accessible. It came immediately to mind when I thought of a quick lunch/dinner, except transformed into this Thai Quinoa Salad.

P.S. I love these colours!

closer overhead shot of cashew Thai asian salad with peanut ginger sauce in white bowl

Of course, I eliminated the wraps and noodles so you had ingredients that were also super easy to find at any supermarket or market. The main adjustments I made here from my Spring Rolls were using kale instead of lettuce, and adding cashews and quinoa. I just always have kale in the house (so yummy and curly), cashews rock, and quinoa adds protein, texture, and delicious flavour. This means you’ll eat this Thai Quinoa Salad and actually be full afterwards.

I love how absolutely easy this meal comes together, more importantly. You literally dump it all into a bowl, pour the dressing over, and mix. So simple, so fuss free, and so available for lunch or dinner! You could even have it as an appetiser before a meal, because well, hello salad. Also, I’m I think this salad is so fun to eat because of the beautiful colours.

Peanut Ginger Dressing

Can we talk about this peanut ginger dressing? It’s honestly the best sauce/dressing, one I would totally order over and over at any restaurant, and one I want to put on every single salad, forever. I would exchange it now and then for my Creamy Vegan Avocado Dressing, of course. It stores perfectly and is the perfect complement to this beautiful salad.

indidvidual shot of chopped bell peppers, carrots, red cabbage quinoa, cashews and lettuce all in white bowls

Ingredients in Cashew Thai Quinoa Salad

Speaking of beautiful colours, these veggies are loaded with loads of amazing vitamins:

Bell Peppers – Vitamin C (especially in the red ones), anti-inflammatory properties, and a good source of Vitamin E

Carrots – beta-carotene, loaded with fibre and rich in Vitamin A

Red Cabbage – Vitamin C & Vitamin K.

Kale – Vitamin K & Vitamin A.

Ginger – Relieving digestive problems such as nausea, loss of appetite and motion sickness.

Enough rambling on my part – give it a try, and ENJOY!!

closer overhead shot of cashew Thai asian salad with peanut ginger sauce in white bowl

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closer overhead shot of cashew Thai asian salad with peanut ginger sauce in white bowl

Cashew Thai Quinoa Salad with Peanut Ginger Sauce

This Cashew Thai Quinoa Salad is a colourful, crunchy vegan meal perfect for a light lunch or dinner! It's loaded with Thai inspired ingredients and dressed with a divine peanut ginger sauce!!
by: Jessica in the Kitchen
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Course Dinner, Lunch, Salads
Cuisine Thai
Keyword Gluten Free, vegan
Ingredients

Thai Quinoa Salad:

  • 1 large carrot julienned
  • 2 cups cooked quinoa
  • 3 cups 200g sliced Red Cabbage
  • 1 cup 104g chopped Red bell pepper
  • 1 cup 104g chopped green bell pepper
  • 2 cups kale removed from stems, washed, dried and chopped
  • 1/4 cup cashews chopped
  • 1/2 small lime

Peanut Ginger Sauce:

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons tamari or liquid aminos gluten free low sodium soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon distilled white vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon sesame seeds
  • 1/3 cup natural peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup warm water
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
Instructions

Instructions

Peanut Ginger Sauce

  • Whisk all the ingredients together in a deep bowl until combined. Set aside until ready to use.

Thai Quinoa Salad

  • Add all the ingredients together in a bowl. Squeeze half a lime over it if desired to add a touch of brightness.
  • Drizzle the sauce over the salad and mix everything in to combine.
  • Serve and enjoy!
NOTES
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You can store your salad in a Tupperware container in the fridge for 5 days.
The Peanut Ginger Sauce can be stored in the fridge and covered in saran wrap or in a small mason jar. Stir before using since it may thicken a bit in the fridge.
 

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Nutrition

Calories: 193kcal | Carbohydrates: 21.7g | Protein: 8.2g | Fat: 9.2g | Sodium: 312mg | Sugar: 6g
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77 comments

  1. Kelly says:

    This is a delicious salad! I’ve made it 3 or 4 times now. It’s the perfect salad to make at the start of the week so we have a few days of lunches! Thanks for sharing

    • Gavin | Jessica in the Kitchen says:

      Wow we love this feedback Kelly! Thank you for trying it and then even commenting on it!

  2. Bev says:

    Great tasty salad. Hated the dressing so made one with peanut butter, maple syrup, liquid aminos, ginger and crushed pepper. Very yummy

  3. Dana says:

    Love this salad. So easy to. put together, flavourful, and the cashew adds a nice crunch

  4. Maddy says:

    Amazing salad! I added whole snap peas into it too which added a great crunch

    • Gavin | Jessica in the Kitchen says:

      Hi Maddy! Snap peas sound like an amazing addition. Thanks for your kind words and thank you for reading!

  5. Molly says:

    This salad looks wonderful. Sadly, I need to stay away from night shades like green and red peppers. Do you recommend other vegetables to substitute instead? Thanks, Molly

    • Gavin | Jessica in the Kitchen says:

      Hi Molly Thanks so much for reading! Hmmm… As a suggestion I would use zucchini to mimic the same crunch of the bell peppers. I hope this helps!

  6. Shantel says:

    Looks yummy! I’m going to try!

    • Gavin | Jessica in the Kitchen says:

      Awesome Shantel! We hope that you enjoy the recipe! thank you for reading!

  7. Chaitanya says:

    Hello,
    This looks amazing. Wanting to make this week. I’m confused by the 2 cups cooked quinoa. Do I measure the 2 cups dry or or do I measure 2 cups already cooked quinoa? Thanks!

    • Gavin | Jessica in the Kitchen says:

      Hi Chaitanya! Thanks so much for reading. You would have to measure out 2 cups of quinoa already cooked. I hope this helps!

  8. Eloise says:

    5 stars
    I love this recipe so much, it’s perfect for taking to work during the week. Healthy and delicious as usual. I definitely recommend!!

    • Gavin | Jessica in the Kitchen says:

      We’re happy that you love the recipe, Eloise! Thanks for the recommendation.

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