A Burst of Colors and Flavors: Quinoa and Veggie Bowl with Peanut Sauce

Today, we’re embarking on a journey that leads us to a wholesome and flavorful dish that truly reflects the spirit of modern, healthy cooking. Our destination? A vibrant and nutritious Quinoa and Veggie Bowl, elevated by a rich and aromatic Peanut Sauce. This dish isn’t just a meal; it’s a masterpiece composed of colorful ingredients that not only delight your palate but also nourish your body.

At the heart of this creation is the mighty quinoa, known for its incredible health benefits and versatility in the kitchen. Cooked to perfection with a cup and a quarter of water, quinoa forms the canvas for our culinary masterpiece.

A Symphony of Colors

Picture a bowl filled with shades of vibrant red from the shredded cabbage, the cheerful orange of grated carrots, the fresh green from thinly sliced sugar snap peas, and the rich green of chopped cilantro. This bowl is an ode to the rainbow of colors that vegetables bring to our lives.

Crunch and Creaminess Unite

To add both texture and depth, we’ve included a generous portion of dry roasted peanuts. These not only bring a delightful crunch but also infuse a touch of earthiness into every bite.

The Elixir: Peanut Sauce

And now, the star of the show – the Peanut Sauce. This elixir combines the silky smoothness of peanut butter with the savory notes of soya sauce, the sweetness of maple syrup, and the tang of rice wine vinegar. To elevate the flavors, we’ve added toasted sesame oil, freshly grated ginger, and a pinch of red pepper flakes. The final touch comes from a dash of lime juice, offering a refreshing zing to the sauce.

As you can imagine, this sauce serves as the proverbial thread that ties the diverse ingredients together. It’s the catalyst that transforms a bowl of vegetables and quinoa into a culinary masterpiece.

Prepare to embark on a culinary adventure that not only satiates your hunger but also leaves you feeling revitalized and nourished. This is more than just a recipe; it’s a symphony of flavors and colors, a melody of textures and tastes. Stay tuned for the upcoming post, and get ready to experience a burst of colors and flavors in every bite.

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Thai Quinoa Salad

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  • Author: The Kilted Chef
  • Yield: Serves 4


Units Scale
  • 1 1/4 cup water
  • 3/4 cup quinoa, rinsed
  • 2 cups shredded red cabbage
  • 1 cup grated carrot
  • 1 cup thinly sliced sugar snap peas
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1/ cup dry roasted peanuts

Peanut Sauce

  • 1/4 cup smooth peanut butter
  • 3 tbsp soya sauce
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp toasted sesame oil
  • 2 tsp fresh grated ginger
  • 1 1/2 tbsp lime juice
  • Pinch of red pepper flakes


  1. Place the water in the bottom of a heavy bottomed pan and bring to a simmer. Add the quinoa, cover, and continue to cook for 12 minutes or until the water is absorbed, let sit for 5  minutes, fluff the quinoa and spread onto a cookie to cool.
  2. Combine all of the remaining ingredients EXCEPt for the peanuts in a large bowl and set aside.
  3. Place the dressing ingredients into a mason jar and shake well.
  4. Fold the quinoa into the salad, toss with the dressing and top with the red pepper flakes and peanuts.
  • Category: salads, sides, recipes