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Thai Vegetable Quinoa Bowl

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A Thai Vegetable Quinoa Bowl makes for a flavorful lunch or light dinner. A delicious way to get back on track with a healthier diet!

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Thai Vegetable Quinoa Bowl

New Year’s Day has come and gone.  And maybe your resolutions have, too! Have your thoughts moved from healthy meals to choosing which outrageously decadent dessert to make on Valentine’s Day?

If you resolved to eat better in 2018, it’s not too late. I’m sharing a healthy, veggie-packed Thai Vegetable Quinoa Bowl that will leave you satisfied. And if you love lentils, too, this Mediterranean French Lentil Salad is another winner!

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A Healthy, Lower Carb Dish

Since I try to watch my carbs, I took the idea of a rice bowl and used quinoa instead. A decent source of protein, quinoa is both filling and lower on the glycemic index than rice. Then adding loads of veggies provided more nutritive value via fiber and vitamins.

Plus, edamame is another plant-based protein source. Finally, dressing this dish with a flavorful dressing with ginger, garlic, Sriracha, and cilantro made for a healthy quinoa bowl with an extraordinary flavor profile!

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Thai Vegetable Quinoa Bowl | A healthy, flavor packed meal!

The Recipe: Thai Vegetable Quinoa Bowl

 A Thai Vegetable Quinoa Bowl makes for a flavorful lunch or light dinner.  A delicious way to get back on track with a healthier diet!

Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Yield 6


  • 1 cup quinoa, rinsed and cooked in chicken or vegetable broth according to package instructions (use vegetable broth for vegetarian version)
  • 1 medium carrot, peeled and shredded
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, cut into very thin, julienned strips
  • 1/2 English cucumber, cut into quarters lengthwise, then very thinly sliced
  • 1 cup shredded cabbage
  • I cup frozen edamame, thawed


  • 1/3 cup rice wine vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce
  • 1-2 tablespoons sriracha
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon finely grated ginger
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh cilantro, plus sprigs to garnish
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil


Add cooked quinoa to a serving bowl and set aside.

Make dressing by whisking together the rice wine vinegar, lime juice, sriracha, and honey. Add the garlic, ginger and cilantro and mix to combine. Slowly whisk in the sesame and vegetable oil until an emulsion forms.

Add about half of the dressing to the quinoa and toss to combine.

Fill a salad bowl or plate with the quinoa, then arrange the vegetables on top. Garnish with cilantro if desired.  Drizzle with more dressing to serve.

Alternatively, you can serve this family style by topping the full portion of quinoa with all the vegetables and pass the dressing along with the serving bowl.


For a vegan version, use vegetable broth or salted water to cook the quinoa, substitute sugar for the honey, and omit the fish sauce.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 308Total Fat: 23gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 19gCholesterol: 13mgSodium: 506mgCarbohydrates: 17gFiber: 3gSugar: 7gProtein: 9g


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21 comments on “Thai Vegetable Quinoa Bowl”

  1. A little sweet, a little spicy sounds so good and healthy!

  2. Looks delicious Lizzy! My daugther love quinoa !! xoxo a lovely recipe!

  3. I like quinoa but I don’t cook it very often, thank you for this delicious looking recipe and a happy Sunday to you.

  4. I like quinoa but I don’t cook it very often, I have to try your healthy bowl. Happy Sunday!

  5. This looks and sounds awesome Liz. My thyroid has a minor inflammation so I’m taking a synthetic hormone to hopefully get it back to ship shape so I’m trying to avoid glutens too. Did you know that Brazil nuts are excellent for thyroid conditions? Just one to two a day helps boost the immune system. I guess I’ll find out in six weeks if I’ll have to continue with the hormone treatment, in the meantime, this healthy and tadty dish will keep me on track!

  6. With that delicious dressing, I could probably eat my weight in this dish!

  7. I love quinoa but I always forget to make it … until I see delicious recipes like this! Great idea with all the Thai flavors. I think my hubby would love this too!

  8. My daughter will absolutely love this since she adores quinoa and the ginger will just put it in her must make dishes she plans for going to university. Thanks for this, Liz.

  9. I still haven’t tried quinoa! Your dressing sounds nice and zingy with lots of flavor:@)

  10. Love this quinoa bowl loaded with fresh veggies!

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