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April 13, 2017

by Alyssa

Almond Butter Thai Quinoa Salad

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This simple Thai Quinoa Salad is peppered with a rainbow of veggies and tossed in a creamy almond butter sauce! Tastes like pad thai, but in salad form!

A super simple THAI QUINOA SALAD with all the veggies and a creamy almond butter dressing!

After spending a few weeks in Thailand last fall, I came home with a newfound obsession with all things Thai-flavored.

Visiting Thailand had always been a dream of mine. I've always loved the food, but there was something about the culture that drew me there. The Buddhist way of life just resonates with me and I felt this intense pull to travel there. And so I hopped on a plane (all by myself!) and went.

I was lucky enough to spend about 8 days there and all my feelings were solidified. The country is inspiring, the people are warm and friendly and the food. Oh guys, the food. It's SO good. (if you want to read more about my trip, check out my travel recap!)

And while I can't necessarily bring you all with me to Thailand, I can certainly help bring those amazing flavors to life and perhaps transport you virtually to the Land of Smiles 🙂 So, on our menu today? This Almond Butter Thai Quinoa Salad.

How to make the BEST thai quinoa salad ever!

How to make the BEST thai quinoa salad ever!

It kind of reminds me of a super healthy version of Pad Thai. Like a Pad Thai but in crunchy salad form.

The blend of vegetables gives the salad the perfect mixture of flavors and textures. The carrots and bell peppers bring a hint of sweetness, while the broccoli and cabbage add their brilliant earthy flavors, which is all balanced out with the brightness from the green onions. And then there’s the quinoa which makes the whole salad feel fluffy and light.

But what makes this salad distinctly Thai-inspired is the wonderful dressing. A typical Pad Thai dressing is made with many ingredients that I simply don’t use in my own kitchen anymore – fish sauce, refined sugar, processed peanut butter, and soy sauce is a few of them.

So instead of the traditional route, I went for a clean eating version and made a simple dressing that boasts a ton of flavor and brings this whole salad to life. And since I know many of you have peanut allergies, I chose to make a creamy almond butter dressing instead.

Same great texture, and arguably even better nutty flavor!

A super simple THAI QUINOA SALAD with all the veggies and a creamy almond butter dressing!

A super simple THAI QUINOA SALAD with all the veggies and a creamy almond butter dressing!

The dressing uses just five ingredients, is healthy, and is gluten-free and vegan. It starts with a blend of creamy almond butter, toasted sesame oil, and gluten-free tamari. Then for some acidity, I added brown rice vinegar and lime juice. It’s creamy, nutty and just delicious!

And drizzled over this quinoa salad? Oh my. To die for.

So let’s take a little mental vacation, my friends and take ourselves to Thailand where soaking up the sun, riding elephants and eating this awesome quinoa salad is all we have to do each day. Sounds pretty perfect, doesn’t it?

This simple THAI QUINOA SALAD is peppered with a rainbow of veggies and tossed in a creamy almond butter sauce! Tastes like pad thai, but in salad form!

This simple THAI QUINOA SALAD is peppered with a rainbow of veggies and tossed in a creamy almond butter sauce! Tastes like pad thai, but in salad form!

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Almond Butter Thai Salad

Like a Pad Thai but in crunchy salad form!
Prep Time 8 minutes
Cook Time 2 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 382kcal
Author Alyssa
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A super simple THAI QUINOA SALAD with all the veggies and a creamy almond butter dressing!
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  • 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. Toss ingredients together to combine. (<-- this step is optional, you can also just eat it raw!)
  • 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.
  • Enjoy!


Calories: 382kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 288mg | Potassium: 680mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 4060IU | Vitamin C: 78.6mg | Calcium: 117mg | Iron: 3.6mg
This simple THAI QUINOA SALAD is peppered with a rainbow of veggies and tossed in a creamy almond butter sauce! Tastes like pad thai, but in salad form!

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  1. I have just been diagnosed with a non-Hodgkin lymphoma, so my family has begun switching to a plant-based diet. Last week I made your crunchy thai peanut quinoa salad and my entire family, down to my four-year old, loved it. I bookmarked it but I can no longer find it. The almond butter salad looks similar, but could I get the original recipe? It was on tonight’s menu, but now I’m punting. Help, please! We also made quinoa tacos and they were a hit as well. Thank you!

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  3. I’m allergic to nuts. Do you think tahini would work for the dressing? Or sunflower butter?

  4. Hi Alyssa, Thanks for your easy and healthy vegetable recipe. I have to cook healthy food for my husband. I will try this recipe.

  5. Delicious, Alyssa!! I loved it cold but warmed some of the leftovers up in the microwave for a minute which steamed the veggies just a tad. So good both ways!!

  6. Looks amazing! Can it be served as a cold salad or should it be heated? I’m looking for a side dish to bring to a picnic this weekend.

  7. I’m not a huge fan of quinoa (it’s a texture thing)… Thoughts on another grain that would be good in this awesome salad?

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  9. This almond butter thai quinoa salad looks absolutely fantastic. Beautiful photos, too. I look forward to trying this. Thx Alyssa!

  10. delicious! I used broccoli slaw in place of the broccoli and it was so much less prep. Used it as main dish one night, in a spinach wrap for lunch the next – add some hot sauce and yummy!

  11. I made this salad for a family event. I doubled it and served it on a huge platter surrounded with cucumber slices. It loved so impressive and everyone loved it. I added grated fresh ginger and a bit of maple syrup to the dressing. Thank you for the recipe. It will be a family favourite.

  12. Hi Alyssa, I just wanted to share a variation of the dressing/salad.. it has become our fave here with my family ???? I use only NON-GMO/Organic ingredients

    3tbsp almond butter (I prefer fresh ground unsalted)
    1tbs raw honey
    2tsp toasted sesame oil
    2tbsp Coco Aminos (delightful soy alternative)
    1/4c Apple Cider Vinegar
    1tbsp fresh grated Ginger

    I mix all ingredients in a mason jar, let sit for at least 5mins before serving

    We usually eat this with a raw cabbage salad; white and purple cabbage, grated/spiralized carrot, chopped celery, and lots of fresh cilantro.. I also like to throw in chopped romaine and red or yellow bell pepper

    We love avocado and it tastes great w this salad too, along with sliced raw almonds.
    My husband is a personal trainer and this has become a staple in our house. Most times I serve it with chicked marinated with a little avocado oil, lots of COCO Aminos, garlic, onion, pepper, Himalayan Pink salt, and red pepper flakes.. Perfection!
    So healing and refreshing! Great detox salad too!

  13. How long will this salad last? If I make it a day in advance, will it still be good?

  14. Just made this! Oh my goodness, simply delicious! I added black beans for some additional protein and am using this as a main dish. Thank you!

  15. I made a modified version of this tonight using the veggies I had in my frig( sautéed onions, peppers, mushroom and rainbow chard). It was delish. Loved the saice. Huge hit with the hubby.

  16. Amazing. So, so yummy!! I made one adjustment – used a spicy sesame/peppers oil (The Spread) instead of toasted sesame oil. A hint of heat. Absolutely delicious. Thank you!

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  22. This turned out amazing! Needed a simple cleansing meal and used up all my veg! Super good and the dressing….yumm! Thanks girl! Easy meal for a family, will probably add some cilantro next time!!!

  23. YuMMY!! This looks SO good! I am going to HAVE to get the ingredients to make this! Yum!

  24. I love quinoa, I really need to experiment with it more! This salad is so visually appealing, I’m sure it’s delicious!


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