Are you a quinoa fan? This ancient grain is incredible in that it is a complete protein that packs a heck of a nutrient-dense punch. There are so many wonderful dishes to be created using quinoa, and weather you are looking for a post work out meal, a lunch to take on the fly, or main course suitable for a family gathering – you name it and quinoa has your back!
Note ~ if you have tried quinoa int he past and did not like the taste, could it be that you did not know to rinse it before hand? The rule with quinoa is that you must always rinse the grains in your strainer before cooking, as this will rinse off the naturally occurring chemical that coats the outside. This chemical is not dangerous, but does taste bad. No soaking needed, as you rinse you will see the chemical bubbling off 🙂
Of my moms various quinoa salad recipes, this Thai variation is her absolute best creation by far. Thank you, Mom, for sharing your love in the kitchen 🙂
* 3/4 cup uncooked quinoa
* 1-2 cups finely sliced/chopped red cabbage
* 1 red bell pepper, diced ( Get your vitamin C on! )
* 1 red onion, diced
* 1/4 cup green onion, diced
* 1 cup shredded carrots
* 1/2 cup shredded cilantro
* 1/2 cup cashew halves ( Please, soak them first! )
* Highly recommended optional – 1 cup chickpeas/garbanzo beans
* Fresh lime, squeezed for tang
Dressing Ingredients –
* 1/4 cup cup all natural style peanut butter
* 2 tsp freshly grated ginger
* 3 tbs Bragg Liquid Amino ( Natural soy sauce )
* 1 tbs honey, preferably raw
* 1 tbs raw apple cider vinegar
* 1 tsp cold pressed sesame oil
* 1 tsp virgin olive oil
Step # 1 – Following the directions on the package, cook quinoa until done, or around 8 – 10 minutes.
Step #2 – In a small bowl, combine the ingredients for the Thai dressing and mix well.
Step #3 – In a large bowl, combine the quinoa and the dressing; stir well.
There you have it! The most delicious quinoa salad recipe you will ever get your hands on, and it is really that simple to whip together! I hope you enjoy 🙂
Eat happy, live happy!