Thai Quinoa Salad

One of my goals for this year is to lose a little fat and gain a little muscle. I’m not obsessively counting calories, but trying to make overall healthier choices. I’ve been eating more salads, drinking more water, and setting myself up for success by taking my lunch rather than eating out.

I find it way easier to eat right when my fridge is stocked with fresh items, and packing a lunch is a lot more fun with the right kit. So when Walmart asked if I’d be interested in sharing one of my goals and how they’re helping me stick to it, I leapt at the opportunity. They sent me a $50 gift card and I headed to Walmart to check out their #WalmartRollbacks.

I bought a really fun salad kit, with a removable divider that keeps your salad toppings from mingling with the lettuce all day (which is freezable) as well as a little dressing container. I love that the whole thing squishes flatter for cupboard storage. I also bought the fixings for this Loaded Carrot Salad, and my favourite filling salad, Thai Quinoa Salad.

Thai Quinoa Salad

4 cups cooked quinoa, cooled
1 bag shredded carrot & broccoli
1/2 red onion, minced
1 red pepper, chopped
1 yellow pepper, chopped

1/4 cup natural peanut or almond butter
3 tbsp soy sauce (I use gluten-free)
1 tbsp red wine vinegar
1 tsp. sesame oil
2 tbsp olive oil
1/4 cup water
1 cup cashews

Place all ingredients in a large bowl except for dressing ingredients. In a mason jar, stir together the dressing ingredients, put on lid and shake well. Pour on top of the salad and serve.

If you want to eat this over a few days, store this in the fridge with the dressing mixed in, but keep the cashews separate. They get soft if mixed in with the dressing, and my personal preference is to keep them crunchy.

Quinoa salad 2

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9 Comment

  1. Oooh that looks so good…I love quinoa, and especially as a salad! Good luck on your goals for 2014! P.S. I love Walmart rollbacks!!

  2. That looks awesome!

  3. Sheri says: Reply

    Ice been looking for more Quinoa recipes to try. Looks delicious.

  4. Maija says: Reply

    YUM! That looks so good and that collapsible container looks handy – pinning the recipe and going to look for the container on my next trip to Walmart.

  5. Your salad looks really tasty! I make a similar dressing all the time. (I put hot pepper flakes in it to give some more zing!)

  6. I have something similar using cous cous. But, this looks amazing. And I love your new containers, too.

  7. This looks DELICIOUS!

  8. Kim says: Reply

    This looks SO GOOD! I might have to make it later this week.

  9. Tamara says: Reply

    Totally making this for lunches this week! I made chicken fried quinoa last week and the husband loved it. Might as well continue with the quinoa streak.

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