Sunday, October 26, 2014

Thai Style Qunoa Salad

Our family loves salads and I try and serve a salad with each dinner meal. 
 We love the flavours of Thailand, the heat that is added from the peppers or hot sauces -
it warms the body from the inside out on a cool night.
The crunchiness of the vegetables in this salad makes one take the time to savour the textures and flavours of Thailand.
The addition of quinoa makes this a full meal or a perfect side to your dinner.
I still have Thai basil in my garden and that was the perfect finish to this salad along with a squeeze of lime juice! 
The ingredients you will need for the salad.

The salad ingredients are sliced, and ready for the quinoa and dressing.

The ingredients for the Thai peanut dressing you will need.

Dressing ready to go.

Ah....the flavours of Thailand, this salad is both filling and nutritious! Enjoy.
Serves 2
  • 2 heads romaine (or greens of choice), thinly sliced
  • 1 red pepper, seeded and thinly sliced
  • 1 large carrot, julienned
  • 1 small cucumber, julienned
  • 1 cup cooked quinoa
  • 1/4 cup chopped cashews
  • for the sauce
  • 2 tablespoons peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon sriracha sauce (or other Asian hot sauce)
  • 1 teaspoon  vegetarian (fish) sauce
  • 1 teaspoon tamari
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
  • 2 – 3 tablespoons water (or more as needed)
  • Instructions
  • Place vegetables into a large salad or mixing bowl.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the dressing ingredients.
  •  Pour dressing over veggies and toss to coat.
  • Transfer to two plates, add 1/2 of the quinoa and 1/2 the cashews to each plate.
  • Serve immediately and enjoy!
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