Sunday, September 7, 2014

crunchy quinoa salad with peanut vinaigrette

It's the beginning of the school year, so to say things are busy right now is a bit of an understatement. Meals like this one - which can be enjoyed hot, room temp, or cold, and can be eaten all week long - are just perfect right now. 

This quinoa is a new favorite, with its crunchy texture, gorgeous colors, and un.real. dressing. I hope you'll give it a go!

Crunchy Quinoa Salad with Peanut Vinaigrette (just barely adapted from In the Loop)
serves 4-6

for the vinaigrette, you'll need:
1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
3 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon raw honey
1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
1 teaspoon olive oil

for the salad, you'll need:
3 cups cooked quinoa
juice of 2 limes
3 cups shredded cabbage
1/2 cup chopped cilantro
1/4 cup diced green onions
1/2 cup roasted, salted peanuts
2 cups cooked, shelled edamame
for serving: lime wedges, avocado, sriracha

Whisk together all of the vinaigrette ingredients until well combined. (You may have to microwave it a bit to thin the peanut butter and honey.)

In a large bowl, stir all of the salad ingredients together. Fold in desired amount of dressing. Taste for seasoning and add salt, pepper, and/or more dressing as necessary.

Serve in bowls with slices of avocado on top and drizzled with as much sriracha as you like.

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  1. Mmm that looks awesome! Love love love the colors in here, so vibrant :)

  2. So, so pretty and sounds amazing!! Good luck with the new year!

  3. I'm in love with that peanut vinaigrette, Marie! You must be reading my mind...I've been all about quinoa and wheat berry salads this past week or so (inspired by the last issue of Cooking Light) and just the other day, I saw some kind of whole grain salad at TJ that had peanuts on top and was thinking I need to do that at home! This is just what I need. Looks wonderful!

  4. I love this fabulous salad! Quinoa is AMAZING and this with an Asian twist is even better!

  5. My mouth is watering. I could swim in that peanut dressing!!!

  6. i had quinoa for lunch also today..these kind of meals sums up my life lately too...


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