Sunday, June 17, 2018

Almond Butter Thai Quinoa Salad

Image from www.simplyquinoa.com
I love when people post food videos on Facebook. I regularly try a few - the ones that most catch my eye - and so far haven't been disappointed.  One type of recipe I always have my eye out for is one offering a healthy salad, especially if I can make it into a full-meal-deal.  Yesterday it was Almond Butter Thai Quinoa Salad.

While video was on Facebook, the link to the recipe takes you to a blog by Alyssa called Simply Quinoa. It is chock full of recipes using Quinoa that include everything including breakfast, meals, bread, desserts, smoothies and more. You can check it out at www.simplyquinoa.com/recipes/

Honestly, I have a recipe - Crunchy Cashew Thai Quinoa Salad -  that is similar already shared on my blog. The last time I served it to a friend they commented, "That salad changed my life." So it's a good one. But it never hurts to try other versions as over time, you'll often find yourself making little alterations to your favourite that makes it more your own and takes it to next level.

Almond Butter Thai Quinoa Salad will definitely be going on my menu list this week, in fact maybe tonight if I have everything in my refrigerator. I'll let you know how it turns out.

Video by The Blendaholic -



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Almond Butter Thai Quinoa Salad

Ingredients

3 C          Cooked quinoa
1 C          Fresh Broccoli florets finely chopped
1/2 C       Shredded carrot
1 C          Red bell pepper julienned and cut into 2″ strips
1 C          Shredded red cabbage
2              Green onions finely chopped
1/4 C       Peanuts chopped (optional)

Dressing
1/4 C       Creamy almond butter (or peanut butter)
1 T          Toasted sesame oil
1 T           Gluten-free tamari (can use soy sauce)
1 T           Brown rice vinegar
Juice of 1 lime
2 – 3 T     Water to thin the dressing

Instructions

Add all the salad ingredients into a large bowl, minus the broccoli and dressing. If desired, gently steam the broccoli for 2 minutes (or 40 seconds in the microwave) and transfer to the salad bowl. You can also leave it raw. Toss ingredients together to combine. Drizzle dressing over salad and toss again until everything is incorporated and evenly covered by the dressing.

Serve immediately or store in fridge and serve when desired.

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