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Thai Quinoa Crunch Salad

A delicious and healthy vegetarian Thai quinoa crunch salad with a yummy dressing. Perfect for meal prep, picnics or parties. 

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Thai Quinoa Crunch Salad

Gosh..These last 2 – 2 1/2 weeks have been really testing. I hate to bring that onto here but I have felt myself holding back and therefore feel I should explain. There hasn’t been any major tragedies but more a series of unfortunate events that have left me feeling absolutely drained. There has been a lot of emotional turmoil but in the midst of it all, I realised that these events had they happened like this last year would have floored me. They would have had me spiralling towards depression and anxiety all over again.

This year, I was able to stand back and separate myself from said events. Yes I got anxious and cried my head off but I was also able to move past things. Also on one occasion, I was able to have confidence in who I am and in what I do whilst in the middle of being torn down by a couple of people in an indirect but obvious way. For that alone, I am so grateful. Grateful that I now have the inner confidence to not let other peoples voices/insecurities take me down, grateful that I no longer feel I have to  prove myself, grateful that I can finally say I know myself and love myself. It really is something special when you can say that you are good enough  ٱلْـحَـمْـدُ للهِ and don’t need the approval of others.

Anyway..lets move on to brighter things like this gorgeous salad. I made this salad for the first time a couple of years ago. The pics didn’t do it justice at the time, so I didn’t put it on the site. I re photographed it recently and here it is! BTW it can very easily be made vegan and gluten-free, and is a firm favourite.

There’s loads of fresh, nutritious stuff here:

  • carrots,
  • cabbage,
  • quinoa,
  • coriander,
  • red onion and more.

The thai creamy peanut butter dressing is absolutely TO DIE FOR and totally addictive..

I know that this is a Summer recipe but I am working on a quinoa round up to try and prove that quinoa salads don’t have to be boring and a bit well.. meh. I have one salad left to upload and then I will be sharing them all in one long post. I’m simultaneously working on a few other round ups too that I am excited about!

About this salad though.. This Thai Quinoa Crunch Salad is light, refreshing, filled with yummy veggies and tossed with that dressing I talked about. I know you’re going to love it. It is great to have this on hand in the fridge because all you have to do is eat its as it is or quickly add some protein to it and voila..lunch is served. 

Thai Quinoa Crunch Salad

A delicious and healthy vegetarian Thai quinoa crunch salad with a yummy dressing. Perfect for meal prep, picnics or parties. 

Course Lunch
Cuisine Thai
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4



  • 250 g Peanut Butter
  • 1/4 inch Ginger grated
  • 3 tbsp Soy Sauce use tamarin if gluten free
  • 1 tbsp Honey use agave nectar if vegan
  • 1 tbsp Rice Wine Vinegar
  • 1 tbsp Sesame Oil
  • 1/2 small Lime juice only

Quinoa Salad

  • 130 g Quinoa cooked in double the veg/chicken stock
  • 130 g Red Cabbage Grated
  • 1 Red Pepper diced very small
  • 1/2 Red Onion diced
  • 3 Carrots Grated
  • Small bunch Coriander chopped finely
  • 2 Spring Onion sliced finely
  • 75 g Peanuts chopped


  1. Combine all the ingredients for the dressing in a small bowl and whisk to combine.

  2. Combine all the ingredients for the quinoa minus the peanuts and mix through with a fork. 

  3. Add the dressing to the quinoa and top with chopped peanuts. 

Recipe Notes

Check if seasoning is required. I usually don't add any because the soy sauce and stock that quinoa is cooked in, does the trick. 

Do let me know if you make this salad in the comments below and rate it if you do!



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