Asian Quinoa Salad with Peanut Dressing recipe is the perfect side dish or meatless main dish! It's loaded with veggies, high in protein and bursting with flavor! #quinoa #glutenfree #dairyfree #vegan #salad #sidedish #peanutsauce

Say goodbye to run-of-the-Mill, ho-hum salads, and say hello to this Asian Quinoa Salad with Peanut Dressing!

This plate full of plants is anything but boring! Protein-packed quinoa is loaded with veggies and smothered in a creamy hoisin peanut sauce! Plus It’s gluten and dairy free and totally vegan friendly!

I love this salad because it has a perfect quinoa : vegetable ratio! Every bite is loaded with so many veggies and packed full of peanutty flavor! Enjoy this beauty as a meatless main dish or as a side to your favorite protein!

I don’t know about you, but lunch is the hardest meal of the day for me to decide what to eat! After getting the kids fed, I usually just opt for a snacky lunch like veggies with hummus and an apple with peanut butter.

However, sometimes I have my act together and  make this Asian Quinoa Salad with Peanut Dressing on Sunday {or this salad} and eat it all week long! Those are good weeks! 😉

Asian Quinoa Salad with Peanut Dressing recipe is the perfect side dish or meatless main dish! It's loaded with veggies, high in protein and bursting with flavor! #quinoa #glutenfree #dairyfree #vegan #salad #sidedish #peanutsauce

 Asian Quinoa Salad: Method 

The most time consuming part of this recipe is chopping the veggies! But really it’s super simple and straightforward! Here are a few tips to ensure a perfect result every time!

Blanch the broccoli. I personally don’t love raw broccoli! So I blanch it by boiling it in water for about 3 minutes, then immediately rinsing it with ice cold water until it is completely cold all the way through. If you enjoy raw broccoli, you can omit this step, however I think pre-cooking helps it soak in the sauce!

Serve room temperate or cold. I enjoyed eating this both cold or warmed up! It’s really up to your personal preferences!

Make a little extra peanut sauce. I found that after it sat in the fridge for 2 days, making an extra batch of peanut sauce and tossing each serving with a little bit of it was a great way to freshen up the salad!

This makes a TON of salad. Like a ton. We ate it all week long! If you want a smaller portion simply halve the recipe!

Asian Quinoa Salad with Peanut Dressing recipe is the perfect side dish or meatless main dish! It's loaded with veggies, high in protein and bursting with flavor! #quinoa #glutenfree #dairyfree #vegan #salad #sidedish #peanutsauce

 Asian Quinoa Salad: Substitutions

Here are a few possible substitutions in this recipe!

Vegetables. I included all of our most favorite vegetables that we love in this salad! Feel free to substitute your favorites or omit veggies you do not love, but make sure to use roughly the same total amount of vegetables called for in this recipe.

Coconut milk. if you do not have coconut milk, water can be substituted in the peanut sauce. However I highly recommend picking up a can of coconut milk to use in this recipe, as it makes the sauce super creamy and flavorful!

Soy Sauce. Coconut aminos can be used in place of soy sauce!

Honey. To make this vegan substitute your favorite liquid sweetener such as maple syrup or agave!

Sesame oil. Peanut oil, or any other neutral tasting oil, is an acceptable substitute in this recipe! Just note that sesame oil adds a super rich and deep flavor to the sauce!

Garlic & ginger powder. If you would like to use the real thing {e.g. minced garlic and fresh minced ginger} by all means go for it!

Asian Quinoa Salad with Peanut Dressing recipe is the perfect side dish or meatless main dish! It's loaded with veggies, high in protein and bursting with flavor! #quinoa #glutenfree #dairyfree #vegan #salad #sidedish #peanutsauce

Asian Quinoa Salad with Peanut Dressing

Course Main Course, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine asian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 12

Ingredients

  • 1 cup quinoa uncooked
  • 2 cups water
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 4 cups broccoli cut very small
  • 1 cup frozen shelled edamame thawed
  • 1 red pepper julienned
  • 1 yellow pepper julienned
  • 1 green pepper julienned
  • 3 carrots julienned

Peanut sauce:

Instructions

  1. Cook quinoa according to package instructions. Set aside. (Bring 2 cups of water to a boil. Add quinoa and salt and return to a boil. Reduce heat to simmer and cook for 15 minutes. Let stand for 10 minutes and fluff with a fork).
  2. Blanch the broccoli: Fill a medium saucepan with a ½” layer of water at the bottom. Bring to a boil.
  3. Add broccoli and boil for 3 minutes, stirring halfway through.
  4. Drain broccoli and immediately rinse with cold water until all the broccoli is cold. Set aside.

Make the peanut sauce:

  1. In a small bowl whisk together sauce ingredients until smooth. If the peanut butter is solid, microwave for 30 seconds to melt it. Set aside.
  2. Combine vegetables, and quinoa and stir until combined.
  3. Add peanut sauce and stir to combine. Serve immediately or refrigerate and serve cold.

Asian Quinoa Salad with Peanut Dressing recipe is the perfect side dish or meatless main dish! It's loaded with veggies, high in protein and bursting with flavor! #quinoa #glutenfree #dairyfree #vegan #salad #sidedish #peanutsauce

#Eat Seasonal February 

This  brought to you as part of one of my favorite times of the month…our Eat Seasonal recipe group! Every month an amazing group of bloggers join together to encourage all of our wonderful readers to eat seasonally!

My sweet friend Becky over at The Vintage Mixer posts seasonal produce guides every month to showcase the beautiful fruits and vegetables that are fresh and available to cook and bake with! Head over to her blog to learn what’s in season in February {Hello Broccoli}!

So here it is…a few beautiful recipes that are perfect to make in February from some seriously talented bloggers! Our group was a little small this month, but I still had to share these ladies’ beautiful creations! Click check out the hashtag #eatseasonal for some serious fall cooking inspiration! Join in the fun by tagging your photos with #eatseasonal!

Flavor the Moments – Broccoli Slaw Salad with Creamy No Mayo Dressing

The Floating Kitchen – Meyer Lemon Dutch Baby Pancake

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Asian Quinoa Salad with Peanut Dressing recipe is the perfect side dish or meatless main dish! It's loaded with veggies, high in protein and bursting with flavor! #quinoa #glutenfree #dairyfree #vegan #salad #sidedish #peanutsauce

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Asian Quinoa Salad with Peanut Dressing recipe is the perfect side dish or meatless main dish! It's loaded with veggies, high in protein and bursting with flavor! #quinoa #glutenfree #dairyfree #vegan #salad #sidedish #peanutsauce