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Crunchy Thai Quinoa Salad

Crunchy Thai Quinoa Salad

Whether you’re going to a party or are entertaining yourself, this crunchy Thai quinoa salad is sure to be a hit with the crowd! Packed with veggies and a hint of spicy from fresh ginger and crushed red pepper, you can enjoy Asian flavors in a healthy and fresh way.

For long weekend parties or just something quick to whip up on weeknights, this crunchy Thai quinoa salad has a summery feel to it and the vibrant colors from the veggies and fiber and texture to every bite. I don’t always eat cabbage, or edamame so making this salad once in a while is a great way to switch things up!


Crunchy Thai Quinoa Salad

  • Author: Once Upon A Pumpkin
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 cups
  • Category: dinner; side dish
  • Method: stove top
  • Cuisine: Asian


Enjoy the fresh flavors of tangy ginger, fresh peppers and a hint of line with the crunchy Thai quinoa salad. Protein and fiber from the fluffy quinoa gives this salad the protein and fiber for it to be a satisfying and delicious side dish.


2 cups quinoa, cooked

1 bag frozen edamame

10-12 mini bell peppers (orange, red, & yellow), rinsed and halved

1 1/2 cups or one bag of purple cabbage

1/3 olive oil

3 tbsp. almond butter

1/4 cup rice wine vinegar

1 tbsp. sesame oil

1 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes

2 tsp. freshly grated ginger

salt and pepper to taste

1 tsp cilantro

2 tbsp crushed peanuts (optional)


  1. Cook quinoa according to package directions and fluff.
  2. Cook edamame, rinse and chop veggies
  3. In a separate bowl whisk, olive oil, almond butter, rice wine vinegar sesame oil, ginger, red pepper flakes, and salt and pepper
  4. Toss veggies with quinoa and pour dressing over quinoa salad. The dressing will soak into the quinoa giving it a tangy flavor.
  5. Top with fresh cilantro and crushed peanuts.
  6. Serve chilled or at room temperature with lime wedges and enjoy!


Omit crushed peanuts on top for those with a peanut allergy. Almond butter can also be swapped for peanut butter.



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