Thai Quinoa Salad with Almond Butter Dressing

This quinoa dish is sure to transform all of you quinoa-haters into quinoa-lovers. The key to quinoa is a good dressing to add liveliness to the ever-so-bland, plain super-grain. I like quinoa because it is full of protein and will not spike your blood sugar unlike other grains such as wheat, rice and corn. This dish is extra filling thanks to the added protein and satisfying fat from the almond butter. I like to make up a big batch at the beginning of the week and have it as an easy weeknight dinner or for lunches throughout the week.

I included bok choy in this recipe. Bok choy is full of calcium and anti-cancer compounds. Be sure to use both the stem and the leaf of the bok choy to reap all the health benefits. Red cabbage also contains the anti-cancer compound, indole-3-carbinol, as well as disease-fighting antioxidant. This dish is so vibrantly colored which means it is full of antioxidants. Always aim to eat the color of the rainbow at each meal. Enjoy!


1.5 cups uncooked quinoa
1 cup shredded red cabbage
1 red bell pepper, diced
1/4 cup green onions, diced
1/2 cup chopped cilantro
1 cup bok choy, chopped
1 tbsp coconut oil
cashews, chopped (optional as a garnish)

For the dressing:

1/2 cup almond butter
2 tsps freshly grated ginger
2 tbsp wheat-free tamari or Bragg’s liquid aminos
2 tbsp honey
2 tbsp water
1 tbsp lime juice


1. Cook quinoa- in a medium saucepan, bring 3 cups water to boil. Then add quinoa, cover and reduce heat to low. Let simmer for 15 minutes or until quinoa has absorbed all the water. Remove from heat and add to a large bowl.

2. Over medium heat, add 1 tbsp coconut oil to a skillet. Then add red cabbage, bell pepper, green onions, cilantro and boy choy. Cook for 5 minutes and remove from heat. Add to large bowl with quinoa.

3. To make dressing, whisk together all of the dressing ingredients. Add the dressing to quinoa and veggies and mix well. Top with chopped cashews and cilantro if desired.

Dr. Sarah Axtell is a naturopathic doctor providing health and wellness consultations for the entire family at her private practice, Lakeside Natural Medicine in Shorewood, WI. She helps people with many chronic conditions such as hormonal imbalances, autoimmune diseases, gastrointestinal disorders, cancer, anxiety and weight loss. She is passionate about using food as medicine with her patients.

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