Quinoa Crunch Salad With Peanut Dressing

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DESCRIPTION

Quinoa Crunch Salad! Crunchy rainbow veggies, juicy fresh mango, fluffy quinoa, chili lime cashews, and some creamy peanut dressing.


INGREDIENTS

Quinoa Salad:

  • 23 cups shelled edamame
  • 2 cups Simply Nature Organic Quinoa
  • 1 cucumber, diced
  • 12 bell peppers, diced
  • 2 ripe mangoes, diced
  • 3 carrots, shredded
  • half a head of purple cabbage, shredded
  • sliced almonds, peanuts, cashews, etc. (I used the addicting Southern Grove Chili Lime Cashews from ALDI)

Peanut Dressing:

  • 1/2 cup Simply Nature Creamy Peanut Butter
  • 1/3 cup soy sauce
  • 1/3 cup vinegar (white distilled or rice vinegar)
  • 1/4 cup sesame oil
  • 12 tablespoons chili paste like sambal oelek
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 knob of fresh ginger, peeled

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Cooked stuff: Cook the quinoa and edamame according to package directions.
  2. Veggies: Chop everything up. It will take a little while. Put on some good music and light a candle and a glass of wine wouldn’t hurt.
  3. Dressing: Give it all a whirl in the food processor or blender.
  4. Serve: Assemble individual salads, or toss it all together.

NOTES

If You Want To Be Extra: This is really good with a handful of dried fruit thrown in the mix. Dried mango, golden raisins, dried cherries… all good choices.

Storage: I stored all the veggies together in one container, but I kept the quinoa and the dressing separate. It should last you for the week!

Dressing: If you find yourself with extra dressing (I never do, but I’m a dressing hog), you can also freeze it for another time!

Amounts: If you want to be very methodical about it and make sure you get your 6 servings balanced out, you’ll use about 3/4 cup quinoa, 1/4 cup dressing and 1+ cup veggies per salad.

Nutrition Info: Most of the calories come from the quinoa and dressing. To make this a lower-calorie salad, use less dressing or higher veggies than quinoa.

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