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Thai Quinoa Salad

Fresh and fragrant Thai Quinoa Salad. A fabulous side dish or vegetarian main course!

Fresh Thai Quinoa Salad Recipe
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Summer is quickly coming to an end. The back-to-school proceedings are underway. Where did the time go??

Although I know fall is just around the corner, I’m not yet ready to transition away from light summer dishes. How about you?

I’m still craving dishes are that healthy, bold, and crunchy with tons of texture and visual appeal.

Easy Thai Quinoa Salad Recipe

Today’s Thai Quinoa Salad recipe is a personal favorite this season.

Loads of fresh summer produce is piled on top of fluffy aromatic quinoa. A simple Thai vinaigrette is made of sesame oil, lime juice, fish sauce, ginger, and garlic. Just throw it all together and toss!

Crunchy Healthy Thai Quinoa Salad Recipe

Our Thai Quinoa Salad is not only simple to make, it is packed with nutrients and distinct flavors.

Plus, it holds up well as a leftover. Take this Thai Quinoa Salad to work for lunch. Or make it ahead, and serve it at an event.

Best Thai Quinoa Salad Recipe

I’m going to stick with summer foods as long as possible this season.

Thai Quinoa Salad will definitely be on the table a few more times this year, before I’m ready for fall flavors.

Thai Quinoa Salad Recipe - Healthy!

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Thai Quinoa Salad

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Thai Quinoa Salad Recipe - A light healthy salad with huge wow-factor! Tons of color, texture, contrasting flavors, and nutrients.
Servings: 8


For the Salad:

  • 1 cup dried quinoa
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • 1 cup thinly sliced cucumber
  • 1 cup shredded red cabbage
  • 1 cup thinly sliced red bell pepper
  • 1 cup salted cashews
  • 1/2 cup chopped scallions
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro

For the Dressing:

  • 3 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon fresh shredded ginger
  • 1 clove garlic, minced


  • Place the quinoa in a medium sauce pot. Add 2 cups of water, cover, and bring to a boil. Once the water boils, stir the quinoa. Cover again and simmer until the water is absorbed and the spirals start to separate from the seeds, about 15 minutes. Then remove from heat and let the quinoa steam in the pot for another 10 minutes. Remove the lid and fluff with a fork.
  • Meanwhile whisk all the dressing ingredients in a small bowl. Slice all the vegetables.
  • Once the quinoa has cooled a little, add all the veggies and toss the salad with the dressing. Serve immediately, or cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.



This salad can be made up to 2 days ahead. Use any color of quinoa you like.


Serving: 1cup, Calories: 254kcal, Carbohydrates: 26g, Protein: 6g, Fat: 14g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Cholesterol: 0mg, Sodium: 480mg, Potassium: 391mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 5g, Vitamin A: 3520IU, Vitamin C: 34.3mg, Calcium: 38mg, Iron: 2.4mg
Course: Salad
Cuisine: Thai
Author: Sommer Collier

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  4. Sommer,

    I love your recipes and I can’t wait to try this one. I’d like to avoid using fish sauce because I’m vegetarian. I couldn’t find a vegetarian version at my grocery store. Would tamari, coconut aminos, vegetarian oyster sauce, or something else help give the dressing a nice umami flavor? I’ll appreciate any suggestions you share. Thanks!

    • Hi Tamar,

      Yes, that’s tricky because fish sauce has its own special flavor. It is very salty, so I would say soy sauce or some sort of soy substitute would be the best option. Hope this helps!

    • I used Coconut Aminos instead of fish sauce since I don’t eat meat and it was DELICIOUS! We didn’t have red cabbage alone, so I used Trader Joe’s Cruciferous Crunch which has red cabbage, brussels sprouts, kale and it also was excellent!! We will be adding this to our regular menu!!

  5. Hi, Sommer! I have been following your website for quite a time and i must say your recipes looks as good as you do.
    Keep up the good work deer. Lots of love. Cheers!

  6. OMG what a brilliant salad. Loved the Video and that dressing looks tempting. I also made a Quinoa salad sometime back but not as this tempting as this one.