Crunchy Thai Quinoa Peanut Salad

Crunchy Quinoa Peanut Salad

Thai-inspired crunchy quinoa peanut salad has quinoa loaded with vibrantly colored cabbage, carrots, bell peppers, green onion, cilantro & edamame, tossed in delicious homemade peanut sauce, and topped with sesame seeds and salted/toasted peanuts sesame seeds. This salad with peanut sauce will definitely be your new addition.


Crunchy Quinoa Peanut Salad

A few years ago, my husband and I had a delicious Thai – style salad tossed in peanut sauce. Since then I have been making peanut sauce at home and it has only been improving in taste over time.  I usually toss rice noodles in peanut sauce, add whatever vegetables are available in the refrigerator for making a quick meal. Swapped noodles with quinoa for a healthier recipe. It is also vegan and soy-free.

How to make Crunchy Quinoa Peanut Salad?

Use stovetop or IP to cook quinoa. Use package instruction to cook quinoa on stove top. If you are using IP, cook 1 cup quinoa with 1.25 cups of water with tsp of salt & water for 1 minute.

Once the quinoa is cooked, allow to cool.

Chop the veggies and place them in a large salad mixing bowl.

Prepare the dressing using peanut butter, coconut aminos, sesame oil, rice vinegar, ginger, sweetener, lime juice & red chili flakes.

Toss this dressing over veggies and quinoa. Gently mix to combine.

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Top the salad with toasted peanuts and sesame seeds for the crunch.

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Crunchy Quinoa Peanut Salad

Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Healthy Bowl, Salad
Cuisine: Thai Inspired
Keyword: Crunchy Peanut Salad, Qunioa Salad
Servings: 2
Author: Eateries Delightful



  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 1/2 red cabbage thinly sliced
  • 1 thinly sliced bell pepper red, yellow or green
  • 2 shredded carrots
  • 1/2 cup edamame or peas or chickpeas
  • 1/4 cup green onions
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro
  • peanuts and sesame seeds for topping
  • Salt to taste

Peanut Dressing –

  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup coconut aminos soy sauce substitute
  • Juice of 1 key lime
  • 1 tsp rice vinegar or apple cider
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup or brown sugar or honey
  • Red chilli flakes to taste
  • 1 tsp ginger I used 2 tsp because I like ginger 😬
  • 2-3 tbsp warm water add more if needed


  • Cook quinoa as per the pack, add salt while cooking. If you are using IP, 1:1 water to quinoa, pressure cook for 1 minute. Allow it to cook
  • Chop the veggies and place them in a large bowl.
  • Prepare the dressing – whisk all the ingredients together or you can use blender to combining the ingredients. I skipped salt in the dressing. Add if needed.
  • Combine quinoa, dressing and vegetables. Top it with peanuts and sesame seeds. Let the salad rest for atleast 10 mins. You can serve it at room temperature or as a cold salad.

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  1. Lookks yummm! 😊

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