Super Colorful Thai-Inspired Peanut Quinoa Salad

Summer weather, here we come! To many that means cranking up the air conditioning and keeping the oven off! What a perfect time to seek out some summer-ready recipes! Of course there are salads, but there’s only so much green that one can consume, right? This quinoa salad is something else. It’s bright, colorful, and so incredibly refreshing.

Today’s recipe is for a Thai-Inspired Peanut Quinoa Salad.

This recipe is courtesy of Evolving Table and the recipe can be found right -> here!

This isn’t the first recipe that I’ve loved from Evolving Table, so do yourself a favor and look beyond this quinoa salad, too. This food blogger satisfies many foodie cravings and I can guarantee that you’ll be seeing more reviews, too.

Best Way to Cook Quinoa?

The stovetop method will always be the most accessible way to cook quinoa, but I can guarantee you that you may have to seep a close eye on it. I’ve burnt my hair share of quinoa while using a stovetop. I get frustrated every single time. “Did I not add enough water?”, “Was the burner too hot?” “What happened now?!” You know–the usual frustrations. Now–if you have access to a rice cooker, my friends–USE IT! Any time I make quinoa now for salads or curries, or whatever–I always use rice cooker. It comes out perfect every single time.

So how about that? Less frustration the better, right? I’d say so.

If you do stick with the stovetop method, then there’s nothing wrong with that at all. Just be sure to keep an eye on it. Burnt quinoa just doesn’t sit as well.

Best Time to Make This Salad?

This quinoa salad is essentially meant to be eaten on a warm day, because it doesn’t need to be served hot. The blanched and crisp veggies are so incredibly refreshing on a hot day. Plus, the homemade dressing makes all the difference. It’s sweet and sour and tangy. So to answer the question of when to make this salad? Any time. This is a recipe that can be made ahead of time. Save it for when you know you have a busy week. All you’ll need to do is reach into the fridge, plate it, and enjoy! Now that is truly a stress-free meal that will hit the spot.

This quinoa salad keeps well in the fridge for 3-5 days. It’s the perfect summer salad in my opinion.
Also a great option for a summer potluck.

Thai inspired Quinoa Salad

Grey’s Grade: 5/5

This recipe for a Thai-Inspired Peanut Quinoa Salad is so easy to make. It’s delicious and full of delightful texture from the creamy dressing coated quinoa to the crunch of the cashews! It truly is wonderful to just look at. Looks just like summer! Whether you’re eating this on the first day it’s made or a few days later as leftovers (like we did, it looks and tastes delightful each time. The only difference I would notice is that the dressing on the salad really soaks into the quinoa. Want to keep things super crisp and fresh? Consider not adding all the dressing at once. Could make a difference and make your quinoa salad leftovers even more delicious.

The reason I give this a 5/5 is because it is easy to make and it’s something different than a typical salad full of greens and maybe even grilled chicken. You get your source of protein with this salad without a problem and you don’t find yourself thinking “hmm, needs something more”. Each part is satisfied.

This recipe is simply a great addition to any summer menu. I highly recommend that you give it a try.

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