As the summer months are quickly approaching, the longer and hopefully warmer days mean we start to crave cooling and refreshing foods like fruit, salads and smoothies. If a crisp salad sounds too boring, or you simply want something a bit heartier and more substantial for dinner, this recipe is just what you need. It's totally raw, meaning it's crisp and refreshing. However, the quinoa and thai peanut sauce give it a creamy, hearty texture and taste that will not only satisfy your hunger on a warm summer night but will knock your flip flops off with how yummy it tastes. This is great as a main dish, side dish with grilled chicken or even as a topping on a light arugula salad. It keeps well too and is arguably WAY better the next day and the day after that. It's also super easy to whip up after work on a busy weeknight, especially if you've pre-chopped everything a day or two before like I oftentimes do (Sundays are typically my food prep day for the week). It's also amazingly healthy for you and filled with body-loving protein, fiber and tons of vitamins and minerals that will keep you energized and happy throughout your days and nights. Enjoy!
2 zucchinis, spiralized (I use this) or julienned to noodle-like slices
1 cup cooked quinoa
1 cup red cabbage, finely shredded
1 red bell pepper, diced
2 green onions, chopped
2 bunches of cilantro, chopped
1/4 cup peanuts
THAI PEANUT SAUCE:
1/3 cup creamy peanut butter
3 tsp. low-sodium Tamari
3 tsp. Sriracha sauce
1/2 tsp. ginger powder
2 tbsp. fresh lime juice
2 tbsp. cold filtered water (to dilute peanut sauce if preferred)
1) In a large mixing bowl, add all pad thai veggies including quinoa and peanuts. Set aside.
2) In a small bowl, mix together all sauce ingredients and mix slowly with a spoon for 1-2 minutes or until it's a smooth, creamy consistency.
3) Pour the sauce over the bowl of veggies/quinoa/peanuts and mix with tongs until everything is well coated in the sauce.
4) Serve alone or as a side dish with grilled chicken or fish, or with your favorite sandwich or wrap.
5) Eat and enjoy!
P.S. The leftovers are AMAZING so don't forget to pack them for lunch the next day!
Inspired by Alyssa @ Simply Quinoa