Asian Cashew Quinoa Salad

I’ve been making Julie Hasson’s Peanut Sesame Noodles for years. With its slurp-worthy noodles, vibrant veggies, and Asian-style peanut butter dressing, it’s a gorgeous dish that’s big enough to serve a large crowd or distribute over a few lunches and dinners.

Asian Cashew Quinoa Salad (Vegan & Gluten-Free)

I was craving some peanut noodles for lunch yesterday but decided to switch things up a little bit. With Julie’s recipe as inspiration, I halved the dressing and swapped the noodles and peanut butter for quinoa and cashew butter. I also added some red bell pepper (capsicum) for color, and some additional raw cashews for extra crunch.

Asian Cashew Quinoa Salad (Vegan & Gluten-Free)

I really like this salad – it’s fresh and colorful, and exactly the type of thing I look forward to having for lunch or a light dinner. It’s also a fancier version of the Spicy Peanut Quinoa Salad that I make so often.

Asian Cashew Quinoa Salad (Vegan & Gluten-Free)

Notes

  • Feel-free to use almond butter & slivered/halved almonds OR peanut butter & peanuts instead of the cashew butter & cashews
  • Add some tofu cubes quickly sauteed in sesame oil and Tamari for an extra protein punch
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Asian Cashew Quinoa Salad (Vegan & Gluten-Free)

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Asian Cashew Quinoa Salad
 
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This bright salad is creamy yet crunchy - my idea of a perfect lunch! Vegan and Gluten-Free
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Recipe type: Salad, Main
Cuisine: Asian, Thai
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 cup quinoa, rinsed and drained
  • 2 cups finely cut purple cabbage
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • 1 red bell pepper (capsicum), diced
  • 2 green onions (scallions), thinly sliced
  • ½ cup chopped fresh coriander (cilantro)
  • ½ cup cashews (or peanuts)
Dressing
  • ¼ cup cashew butter (or peanut/almond butter)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp grated fresh ginger (or 1 tsp dried ginger)
  • 3 tbsp tamari (light soy sauce)
  • 2 tbsp agave (or maple syrup)
  • 2 tbsp warm water
  • 1 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • ½ tsp crushed red chili pepper (or 1 tsp Sriracha sauce)
Instructions
  1. Place the quinoa along with 2 cups salted water in a medium saucepan. Cover and bring to a boil, then reduce to the lowest heat setting. Simmer until water is completely absorbed and quinoa is fluffy, about 20 minutes.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk the dressing ingredients together.
  3. Add the quinoa to the dressing and mix well to combine.
  4. Add the veggies, onions, cilantro and cashews.
Notes
Adapted from http://www.juliehasson.com/2012/10/peanut-sesame-noodles

Asian Cashew Quinoa Salad (Vegan & Gluten-Free)Asian Cashew Quinoa Salad (Vegan & Gluten-Free)Asian Cashew Quinoa Salad (Vegan & Gluten-Free)Asian Cashew Quinoa Salad (Vegan & Gluten-Free)

38 Comments

  1. Your quinoa salad looks so good Angela!! I am going to make that this week. Thanks for the inspiration!!

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    • vegangela says:

      Hi Julie! You beat me to the punch – I’m just now heading over to your blog to leave a comment now. And I’m honored that you’d drop by here! Thanks for creating such comforting and delicious recipes. You rock!

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  2. Just made this recipe (found it through a google search) to take to a family gathering. I am vegetarian and often need to bring my own food, so this is perfect! The dressing tastes wonderful, can’t wait to try it all together :) I did improvise and use peanutbutter instead of cashew butter and I bought a bag of rainbow slaw mix (red cabbage, cauliflower, carrots, etc.) instead of buying just red cabbage and carrots because I’m lazy ;) We’ll see how it turns out!

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    • vegangela says:

      Hi Carrie! I’ve used rainbow slaw in a pinch for recipes like this – it works wonderfully! Hope the salad was a hit :)

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  3. Thank you Angela for continually inspiring and uplifting me with your creativity. I love taking on the creations you come up with – this looks absolutely delicious and refreshing! I’ve never used quinoa in Asian dishes!

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    • vegangela says:

      You’re so sweet Rika! Let me know if you try it, it’s my new fave :)

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  4. That looks outstanding! Just bookmarked it :-) Thanks for the recipe!

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    • vegangela says:

      Thank you! Great to hear from you! I need to go pay you a visit, it’s been too long :)

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  5. Oh man I think peanut sauce can successfully be put on any food :) This looks great. I’ll definitely be trying out this dressing!

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    • vegangela says:

      Agreed! Let me know if you try it :)

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  6. This looks delicious and easy to prepare. I think I may have to whip this up for my daughter’s lunch box this week!

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    • vegangela says:

      Hi Kristen – Please let me know what you guys think of it. I love your blog name, BTW. Adding it to my RSS reader now :)

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  7. BYOL says:

    This looks delicious! Really like the site. Beautiful pictures! Thanks for the inspiration!

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    • vegangela says:

      Thanks so much! Adding yours to my RSS reader now :)

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  8. Lynette says:

    Hi Angela,

    Congrats on making it onto the BerryRipe list. I was chuffed that my blog is up there too. Your recipe s look divine, so I’ll keep in touch!

    Cheers
    Lynette
    the vegan style revivalist

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    • Hi Lynette – this went to my Spam folder for some reason. Thanks so much for writing, and congratulations to you as well :)

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  9. Stef says:

    i can taste this salad in my mouth.

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    • vegangela says:

      Ha ha! I hope it tastes good :)

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  10. Gorgeous the styling and photos.

    More better than relying junk and fast food.

    Are Cashew Quinoa Salad peanuts really awesome……………

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    • vegangela says:

      Thanks! Not sure what you mean by your last sentence though..?

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  11. This looks amazing too! You’ve got some fantastic quinoa recipes – I’ll definitely be trying some out!

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    • vegangela says:

      Thank you! Let me know when you do :)

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  12. Debbie says:

    I cant wait to try this!
    I like Quinoa taste good and high in protein and fiber. Always looking for new ideas!

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    • vegangela says:

      Let me know when you do. I’m a big quinoa lover as well :)

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  13. Julie B says:

    This was over-the-top deeeelicious!

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    • Yay! So glad to hear it. Thanks for writing :)

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  14. [ Smiles ] Oh, this vegan recipe looks simple and easy to follow.

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  15. Kathy K says:

    Thank you for your recipe. My husband and I enjoyed this. Added raw walnuts, some broccoli. Thanks again!

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    • Yum! Those are great additions. Glad to hear it was a hit and thanks for taking the time to comment :)

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  16. yvette w says:

    Just made this and it’s delish!! Thanks for sharing your recipes!!

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    • You’re so welcome. Glad you liked my recipe and thanks for taking the time to let me know ;)

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  17. William Clark says:

    Just made this today for lunch. Its so easy to make and taste great. Thank you :)

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  18. Jane says:

    I am a newly converted vegan so finding my way in terms of recipes etc. and this is one of the best salads I have ever had! (Including when Il was eatng meat)
    Great flavour, easy to make, and also great the next day for lunch. Working my way through your recipes and all wonderful..
    Congrats Angela on a great website and quality recipes that actually taste great!
    Hope you are enjoying Sydney…I am an expat Aussie livng in Saskatoon Canada for a few years and loving it!
    Cheers
    Jane

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    • Congrats on going vegan! I’m so glad you like the salad. Enjoy your time in Canada, eh?!

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