Meatless Quick Meals Salads

Mango Jalapeno Quinoa with spicy Peanut Dressing

An explosion of textures and flavors, come together in this light; but filling dish!

Mango Jalapeno Quinoa with spicy Peanut Dressing

Let’s face it………….there are times that you want a dish that brings together a myriad of textures and flavors.  THIS IS THAT DISH!  Fresh mangoes and jalapenos, with cucumber and bell peppers – Yup, it just works!  Add in the red onion for some additional heat and cashews for crunch……….it’s a fresh, light, filling dish.  Entree or side dish?  Only you can decide!

  • Author: Leora Ellingson


For the Salad:


2 cups quinoa, cooked and cooled

½ package broccoli slaw

1 cucumber, seeded and sliced

1 red bell pepper

½ c cashews

¼ c green onions, chopped

1 jalapeno, diced

¼ c fresh cilantro, chopped

2 mangos, diced


For the Dressing:


¼ c peanut butter

¼ c lime juice

1 Tablespoon soy sauce

1 Tablespoon rice vinegar

1 teaspoon sesame oil

2 teaspoons fresh grated ginger

1 garlic clove, minced

2 teaspoons honey

2 Tablespoons chili paste (I use Sambal Oelek)


In a large bowl, toss the quinoa, broccoli slaw, cucumber, bell pepper, cashews, green onions, jalapeno, cilantro, and mango together, gently.  In a separate bowl, combine all the dressing ingredients and whisk vigorously to combine.  Slowly pour about ½ of the dressing over the slaw, and gently fold it in.  Add additional dressing, making sure you don’t over dress the slaw.  I find that the quinoa absorbs differently each time I make it.  😊  Serve, topped with additional chopped cilantro if desired.


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