Hi Guys!!! I hope you are all getting ready for a super fun weekend full of cocktails, candy, witches and goblins! We have all kinds of stuff planned and I can’t wait for all of the festivities. But truth be told I haven’t done anything to prepare a costume for myself- but boy are my kids going to have awesome costumes. I have to hustle something together tomorrow before I go to volunteer at school because I wouldn’t want to be a drag! What should I throw together?

Spicy Lemongrass and Peanut Thai Quinoa SaladI also wanted to post this recipe very intentionally today. I feel like with Halloween falling on a Saturday and a Hawks game on Sunday, there is going to be non stop gorging and I have to have something healthy in the fridge or I am just going to be in double trouble. Did I tell you that I had a weird allergic reaction to the temporary filling from that dental work last week? The good news is that my tooth seems to finally be ok, but I have to take a couple of days of prednisone for all of the swelling to go away. So basically I am on roids and am ravenously hungry, overly energetic and very thirsty. Spicy Lemongrass and Peanut Thai Quinoa Salad

Since I am tempted every 5 minutes to reach for the pantry and whatever is in it I am going for the salad instead. And happily, this salad is totally amazing. It’s Quinoa and fresh crisp veggies with a spicy lemongrassy peanut sauce. Perfect for a light dinner or a lunch that you can bring to work or snack on during the day- you will love this.

Have an awesome Halloween and check out instagram to see us celebrate the spooky day in full glory!

Spicy Lemongrass Peanut Thai Quinoa Salad
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Cook time: 
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Serves: 6
 
Fresh and Flavorful this Thai inspired Quinoa Salad is the perfect light dinner, bring to work lunch or something healthy to snack on all day!
Ingredients
  • Quinoa:
  • 1 ¼ cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup white quinoa
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Lemongrass Peanut Dressing
  • ⅓ cup chopped lemongrass stalk
  • 1 tablespoon ginger, peeled and chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 fresno chili (with seeds)
  • 3 tablespoons agave
  • 2 tablespoons peanut butter
  • ⅓ cup rice vinegar
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • kosher salt
  • Salad:
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, small diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, small diced
  • ½ red onion, small diced
  • 2 cups shredded cooked chicken
  • ½ cup shredded fresh mint leaves
  • ½ cup shredded fresh thai basil
  • ½ cup roasted salted peanuts plus 2 tablespoons chopped for garnish
  • 4 cups shredded nappa cabbage
  • 1 thinly sliced fresno chili
Instructions
  1. In a small pot, add the chicken broth and the quinoa and kosher salt. Bring to a simmer over medium heat and add the lid. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 20 minutes. When the quinoa is cooked, fluff with a fork and set aside to cool.
  2. While the Quinoa is cooking make the dressing: In the jar of a blender, combine the lemongrass, ginger, garlic, chili, agave, peanut butter, vinegar and vegetable oil and puree until smooth. Season to taste with kosher salt.
  3. Toss the quinoa in a large bowl with the bell peppers, red onion, chicken, mint and and thai basil and peanuts. Add a few tablespoons of the dressing and toss, then season to taste with kosher salt.
  4. On a platter lay a bed of nappa cabbage and then pile the quinoa salad on top. Drizzle with more dressing and then sprinkle with the chopped peanuts.

 

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Spicy Lemongrass and Peanut Thai Quinoa Salad

Hi Guys!!! I hope you are all getting ready for a super fun weekend full of cocktails, candy, witches and goblins! We have all kinds of stuff planned and I can’t wait for all of the festivities. But truth be told I haven’t done anything to prepare a costume for myself- but boy are my kids going to have awesome costumes. I have to hustle something together tomorrow before I go to volunteer at school because I wouldn’t want to be a drag! What should I throw together?

Spicy Lemongrass and Peanut Thai Quinoa SaladI also wanted to post this recipe very intentionally today. I feel like with Halloween falling on a Saturday and a Hawks game on Sunday, there is going to be non stop gorging and I have to have something healthy in the fridge or I am just going to be in double trouble. Did I tell you that I had a weird allergic reaction to the temporary filling from that dental work last week? The good news is that my tooth seems to finally be ok, but I have to take a couple of days of prednisone for all of the swelling to go away. So basically I am on roids and am ravenously hungry, overly energetic and very thirsty. Spicy Lemongrass and Peanut Thai Quinoa Salad

Since I am tempted every 5 minutes to reach for the pantry and whatever is in it I am going for the salad instead. And happily, this salad is totally amazing. It’s Quinoa and fresh crisp veggies with a spicy lemongrassy peanut sauce. Perfect for a light dinner or a lunch that you can bring to work or snack on during the day- you will love this.

Have an awesome Halloween and check out instagram to see us celebrate the spooky day in full glory!

Spicy Lemongrass Peanut Thai Quinoa Salad
Author: 
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 6
 
Fresh and Flavorful this Thai inspired Quinoa Salad is the perfect light dinner, bring to work lunch or something healthy to snack on all day!
Ingredients
  • Quinoa:
  • 1 ¼ cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup white quinoa
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Lemongrass Peanut Dressing
  • ⅓ cup chopped lemongrass stalk
  • 1 tablespoon ginger, peeled and chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 fresno chili (with seeds)
  • 3 tablespoons agave
  • 2 tablespoons peanut butter
  • ⅓ cup rice vinegar
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • kosher salt
  • Salad:
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, small diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, small diced
  • ½ red onion, small diced
  • 2 cups shredded cooked chicken
  • ½ cup shredded fresh mint leaves
  • ½ cup shredded fresh thai basil
  • ½ cup roasted salted peanuts plus 2 tablespoons chopped for garnish
  • 4 cups shredded nappa cabbage
  • 1 thinly sliced fresno chili
Instructions
  1. In a small pot, add the chicken broth and the quinoa and kosher salt. Bring to a simmer over medium heat and add the lid. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 20 minutes. When the quinoa is cooked, fluff with a fork and set aside to cool.
  2. While the Quinoa is cooking make the dressing: In the jar of a blender, combine the lemongrass, ginger, garlic, chili, agave, peanut butter, vinegar and vegetable oil and puree until smooth. Season to taste with kosher salt.
  3. Toss the quinoa in a large bowl with the bell peppers, red onion, chicken, mint and and thai basil and peanuts. Add a few tablespoons of the dressing and toss, then season to taste with kosher salt.
  4. On a platter lay a bed of nappa cabbage and then pile the quinoa salad on top. Drizzle with more dressing and then sprinkle with the chopped peanuts.