This Cashew Thai Quinoa Salad is loaded with Thai inspired ingredients and dressed with a divine peanut ginger sauce!! via https://jessicainthekitchen.com

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!!

This Cashew Thai Quinoa Salad is a colourful, crunchy vegan meal perfect for a light lunch, dinner or appetizer! It's loaded with Thai inspired ingredients and dressed with a divine peanut ginger sauce!! via https://jessicainthekitchen.com

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.

Before I even get into this salad, 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 compliment to this beautiful salad.

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

This Cashew Thai Quinoa Salad is a colourful, crunchy vegan meal perfect for a light lunch, dinner or appetizer! It's loaded with Thai inspired ingredients and dressed with a divine peanut ginger sauce!! via https://jessicainthekitchen.com

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 can’t get over these colours. ?

This Cashew Thai Quinoa Salad is a colourful, crunchy vegan meal perfect for a light lunch, dinner or appetizer! It's loaded with Thai inspired ingredients and dressed with a divine peanut ginger sauce!! via https://jessicainthekitchen.comOf 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.

This Cashew Thai Quinoa Salad is a colourful, crunchy vegan meal perfect for a light lunch, dinner or appetizer! It's loaded with Thai inspired ingredients and dressed with a divine peanut ginger sauce!! via https://jessicainthekitchen.com

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!!

This Cashew Thai Quinoa Salad is a colourful, crunchy vegan meal perfect for a light lunch, dinner or appetizer! It's loaded with Thai inspired ingredients and dressed with a divine peanut ginger sauce!! via https://jessicainthekitchen.com

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Cashew Thai Quinoa Salad with Peanut Ginger Sauce

Preparation 00:10 Cook Time 00:00 Serves 6-7     adjust servings
This Cashew Thai Quinoa Salad is loaded with Thai inspired ingredients and dressed with a divine peanut ginger sauce!! via https://jessicainthekitchen.com

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

Peanut Ginger Sauce

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

Thai Quinoa Salad

  1. Add all the ingredients together in a bowl. Squeeze half a lime over it if desired to add a touch of brightness.
  2. Drizzle the sauce over the salad and mix everything in to combine.
  3. Serve and enjoy!

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Recipe Notes

  1. You can store your salad in a Tupperware container in the fridge for 5 days.
  2. 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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48 comments

  1. Definitely my kind of meal. I love that Asian inspired peanut ginger sauce.

  2. Pat says:

    Hello Jessica,
    I have been enjoying the recipes and will definitely try this salad. I am new to your blog so you may have already addressed this. Do you provide calorie information for the recipes? I have been trying a pseudo-fast diet (limited calories 5 days per month) and would need to know how many calories are in this well balanced meal.
    Thank you for sharing your ideas!

    • Jessica says:

      Hi Pat,

      So glad you’ve been enjoying it! I don’t know how many calories are in this salad, but if you’re on a limit you can remove the cashews and it will definitely be a lower calorie salad. The peanut butter will have a lot of calories too, so you can always swap it for PB2 powder. I hope that helps!! Also, you’re very welcome!

      • Sonya Campion says:

        I would follow and share your blog if you provided nutritional information for your recipes.

      • Jane says:

        Jessica, can you enlighten me about PB2? How does it taste compared to real peanut butter?

        • Jessica says:

          Hi Jane,

          It tastes pretty close to be honest! You can spread it just like regular peanut butter, it’s maybe just a little bit thinner, so you can always add in more powder. I hope that helps!!

          • Jane says:

            Yes, it helps thanks. I keep thinking I should buy it for when I want PB flavor.

  3. Lisa says:

    Can you store the salad all mixed up with dressing in fridge for 5 days , or did you mean undressed ?
    Thank you

    • Jessica says:

      Hi Lisa,

      You can store is all mixed up, that’s what I did! Undressed it would last that long too!

  4. Kelly says:

    I struggle making quinoa just right… Suggestions?

    • Jessica says:

      Hi Kelly,

      I did a post all about cooking quinoa: https://jessicainthekitchen.com/how-to-cook-quinoa/

      I find that covering the pot slightly with its lid helps it to get as soft as fluffy as possible, then when it’s finished I literally fluff it with a fork. By the way red quinoa takes longer to cook than white quinoa, so I prefer white quinoa. I hope that helps!

  5. Erin says:

    Can you omit the ginger in the sauce? My family members don’t love ginger (weird, I know!)

    • Jessica says:

      Hi Erin,

      Yes you can omit! You can make it without, or even use garlic instead. My best friend is allergic to ginger (!!) so I totally get it! I hope you enjoy!

  6. Heidi says:

    I am only three days into eating a more plant based diet and just made this salad today – YUM!! Thank you for the great salad and dressing.

  7. madelyn says:

    What can I substitute the tarimi with. Just realize I don’t have any.

  8. madelyn says:

    Oops! Here is the question again: What can I substitute the Tamari with?

    • Jessica says:

      Hey Madelyn,

      If you aren’t gluten free, you can use regular soy sauce, just try a little less first because Tamari is very low sodium so the amount I used may result in a salty dip with regular soy sauce. Just taste test it a little bit, like one tablespoon first!

  9. Clare says:

    Not sure if the problem is on my end or yours, but I can’t “pin” this to my Pinterest board. All the images say “Can’t fetch image” 🙁

    • Jessica says:

      Hi Clare,

      All fine over here! It should be working for you too! 🙂

  10. Debbie says:

    Just made this. Very good. Lots of crunch! I love the peanut butter dressing/sauce, but found mine to be very thick, hard to toss with the salad. I had left it out at room temperature until ready to toss, hoping that would help, but it didn’t. Perhaps microwave it just prior to tossing to really liquify it? Suggestions? Thank you.

    • Jessica says:

      Hi Debbie,

      Thanks so much!! The dressing definitely shouldn’t be that thick, so maybe your peanut butter is very thick? You could just add more water to thin out the dressing. The flavour is strong so more water wouldn’t affect the flavour much (you could add more tamari/liquid aminos if necessary). Hope that helps!

  11. Sheila says:

    Looks yummy, thanks for sharing!

    What kind of kale did you use? Is there a particular type of Kale you recommend?

    • Jessica says:

      Hi Sheila,

      I just used regular curly kale that I got at the farmer’s market! It was pretty soft. If you like a coarse kale, dinosaur would be great, otherwise light curly kale or even spinach would work great!

  12. Kristine Candler says:

    Love the concept. NO oil in the dressing? Oil is not a sin anymore, so I added some.

    • Jessica says:

      Hi Kristine,

      Thanks, I hope you enjoyed! I never thought oil was a sin (especially evoo and coconut oil – I use those daily) – I just didn’t add oil, because this dressing didn’t need it. So glad to hear your alteration worked out!

  13. Debbie says:

    Do you have nutrition info for this recipe?

  14. Alana says:

    It says I cannot post to Pinterest. 🙁

  15. Meghan Edwards says:

    Why distilled white vinegar? Can I use apple cider vinegar?

  16. Megan says:

    Thanks for the recipe, it was yummy! Just made it for the second time and now have lunches for the rest of the week.

    • Jessica says:

      Hi Megan,

      So happy to hear you enjoyed it so much!! I really appreciate your feedback! :).

  17. Eileen says:

    I just made this and I LOVE it!!! The sauce…yum! Meal prepped for the week and I’m so excited to eat this for lunch all week! Thank you for sharing this recipe!

    • Jessica says:

      Hi Eileen,

      I’m SO happy to hear this!! You’re SO welcome!!

  18. Juegos Friv says:

    So autumnal, tasty and beautiful! Well done, Jessica.

  19. Heather says:

    Jessica- this is one of the best salads I’ve ever eaten. Thanks so much for posting this recipe!
    A quick tip for anyone making it for the first time- if you don’t want to spend money on the cashews, leave them out. The dressing has so much flavor, you won’t even miss them. And it saves on fat. Although they were a delicious touch.
    Also- go SUPER easy on the dressing. Start with a little, shake it all up with the salad and see how much it covered. I found that I only had to use a little bit and it spread really well. Saving those calories where I can!
    Seriously, one of my favorite salads now!

    • Jessica says:

      Hey Heather,

      Yay!! I’m so happy to hear that you enjoyed this so much! Love your tips and suggestions too. Thanks so much for your feedback!!

  20. Lindsay says:

    This was amazing!

    • Jessica says:

      Hey Lindsay,

      Yay!! So happy to hear – thanks so much for your feedback!!

  21. Ken says:

    Thanks for sharing this recipe. I made this today and it turned out great. It’s good to find nutritious, vegan recipes like this, especially when trying to save money on meals. No need to buy food between classes when I have delicious food like this packed!

    • Jessica says:

      Hey Ken,

      So happy to hear this!!! Thanks for your feedback – you’re so welcome!!

  22. EDWARD JOHN says:

    THIS RECIPE IS SOOOOO AWESOME. ONE QUESTION, I AM HAVING 8 PEOPLE OVER FOR A LIGHT LUNCH. HOW MUCH SHOULD I PREPARE? DOUBLE THE RECIPE? THANKS.

  23. Andie says:

    This is excellent! I made it with the peanut butter sauce.I really love all your recipes. I enjoy trying them and they are ingredients that I usually have on hand or can easily find. Thank you so much for this wonderful selection of recipes.

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