This Quinoa Noodle Salad, a Gluten FREE meal, full of fiber and antioxidants, is one of the best choices we could make when prepping lunch or dinner. This versatile recipe can take on board more veggie variety if you want to! We opted to a few, like red bell peppers, garlic, cabbage and herbs – cilantro and basil.
If you are allergic to peanuts, then omit them completely. The recipe won’t lose its taste and deliciousness. You could substitute peanut butter with sunflower seed butter, which you can buy even at the regular store or Trader Joe’s! The quinoa noodles can be purchased at your Whole Foods store or any other store. They also have a variety of brown rice and quinoa noodles which are great as well.
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- For the Salad Base
- 1 lb turkey or chicken
- 1 red bell pepper
- 3 cups purple cabbage, chopped
- 10 oz quinoa noodles: if you find a brown rice + quinoa variety, it is OK as well
- fresh cilantro and basil, chopped
- 1/2 cup peanuts, crushed, for topping
- 5 Tbs peanut butter or substitute with Sunflower Seed Butter for Nut Free version
- 5 Tbs water
- 5 Tbs tamari sauce for Gluten FREE version or soy sauce for Non Gluten Free
- 2 Tbs sesame oil
- 2 Tbs honey, Use local honey where possible
- 1 lime, juiced
- 1 clove garlic, grated
- 1/4 cup chili sauce, we use Shriracha
- 1/2 cup peanuts
- Puree sauce ingredients in a food processor or blender. Add teh peanuts last so you can control how chunky it is.
- Cook the chicken or turkey in a skillet over medium high heat. Season with salt and pepper. When it is thoroughly cooked, set aside to cool, then either slice into thin pieces or mince it. My kids love minced meat, so I do it this way.
- Chop the red pepper, cabbage, and cilantro to your desired size for the salad.
- Cook the noodles according to package directions. Do not overcook them!
- Toss everything together with enough dressing to generously coat everything. Serve hot or cold.
If you love sauces, you can make some extra by doubling the recipe. Store in the fridge.
If you love extra veggies – add some more, they will add crunchiness to the recipe.