Easy & Healthy Thai Quinoa Salad Recipe

Tap into your inner superhero with this 30-minute meal

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We're not saying that you'll win the New York City Marathon if you eat this Thai quinoa salad on a regular basis, but we're not *not* saying that, either. After all, it worked for pro runner and all-around inspiration Shalane Flanagan, who also happens to have two New York Times-bestselling cookbooks with coauthor Elyse Kopecky. Their latest, Run Fast. Cook Fast. Eat Slow. is all about how to tap into your full potential—whether in the kitchen, on the track or both—and fuel yourself with whole foods without sacrificing a) taste and b) your entire day.

Make it on a Sunday night, and you'll have lunch for the rest of the week. Leave the fish sauce out of the picture to make the recipe vegan, and to speed up the process even further, Flanagan and Kopecky recommend using a food processor on the carrots, cabbage and herbs.

Reprinted from RUN FAST. COOK FAST. EAT SLOW. Copyright © 2018 by Shalane Flanagan and Elyse Kopecky. Photographs copyright © 2018 by Alan Weiner. Published by Rodale Books, an imprint of the Crown Publishing Group, a division of Penguin Random House LLC.

Thai Quinoa Salad
5 from 63 ratings
Learn how to make this recipe for an easy, healthy Thai quinoa salad from marathon champion Shalane Flanagan's new cookbook, Run Fast. Cook Fast. Eat Slow.
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Total time: 30 minutes
  • For the Salad
  • 1 cup quinoa, rinsed and drained
  • 2 cups grated carrots (about 2 large)
  • 2 cups thinly sliced purple cabbage
  • 3 green onions, white and green parts sliced
  • 1 cup packed mint leaves, chopped (cilantro works too)
  • 1 cup packed basil leaves, chopped
  • ½ cup roasted peanuts, chopped
  • For the Dressing
  • ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • ⅓ cup fresh lime juice (2 to 3 limes)
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce or tamari
  • 2 tablespoons honey (or maple syrup)
Optional Ingredients
  • 1 jalapeño or serrano pepper, seeds removed, minced (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce (optional)
  1. Here is a foolproof method to cook quinoa: In a medium saucepan over high heat, bring to a boil 1½ cups water and the quinoa. Reduce the heat to low and simmer, covered, for 15 minutes or until all the water has been absorbed. Transfer to a large salad bowl, fluff with a fork, and set aside to cool.
  2. Meanwhile, put the olive oil, lime juice, soy sauce or tamari, honey, and fish sauce (if using) in a glass jar or bowl and stir to combine.
  3. Once the quinoa is cool, add the carrots, cabbage, onion, mint, basil, and pepper (if using) to the bowl and toss to combine. Add the dressing and toss again. Taste and, if needed, add more fish sauce or soy sauce.
  4. Top with the peanuts. Chill in the fridge for at least 1 hour or until ready to serve.
  5. This salad will stay fresh in airtight glass containers in the fridge for up to 5 days.
Calories per Serving 377
Total Fat 20.4 g
Saturated Fat 2.7 g
Trans Fat 0.0 g
Cholesterol 0.0 mg
Total Carbohydrates 41.9 g
Dietary Fiber 7.3 g
Total Sugars 11.6 g
Sodium 403.8 mg
Protein 11.0 g
The information shown is Edamam’s estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
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