Not Your Average Vegan Nutrient-Packed Peanut Satay Salad

Although not always thought of as a vegan destination, Indonesian food is actually excellent for any vegan or vegetarian. 

Being the birthplace of tempeh says a lot! 

Indonesian cuisine commonly includes fresh veggies, fruits, pulses, soybean protein, noodles, rice, and loads of spices, ensuring complex flavors.

And when you add peanut satay sauce to the mix, all these ingredients make for endless delicious plant-based meals.

In fact, an international survey from 2018 found that Indonesia was the country with the third-highest rate of vegetarianism growth. With all those yummy ingredients and produce, we can understand why!

One of our favorite Indonesian creations is the peanut satay sauce.

The delicious peanut satay sauce originated in Indonesia and is typically served with vegetables, rice, and meat. It is also used to make salad dressings, dipping sauce, or a marinade. 

The traditional sate (or satay as known internationally) is a dish consisting of grilled skewered meat and peanut sauce.

But plant-based versions have emerged as the demand for plant-based food increased. The skewered meat is swapped with tofu, tempeh, or mushrooms to make a delicious vegan satay.

Various recipes exist for peanut sauce, but they usually include a variation of the following ingredients: fried peanuts, gula Jawa (palm sugar), garlic, shallot, ginger, tamarind, lemon juice, coconut milk, lemongrass, salt, chili, pepper, and sweet soy sauce.

These ingredients are ground together and mixed with water to acquire the right texture, not too thick and not too watery.

 

Nutrient-Packed Peanut Satay Salad

We decided to try our hand at making our own version of the peanut satay sauce to make this super tasty, nutrient-packed Peanut Satay Salad. 

Baked tofu with this yummy sauce makes for the perfect protein addition to this salad. 

Chickpeas increase the protein content even more and add beneficial fiber and nutrients.

Quinoa is an excellent source of fiber and antioxidants, filling you up and keeping you fuller for longer.

The fresh veggies help you reach your required daily vegetable servings and offer tons of essential vitamins and nutrients.

 

Recipe

Makes 2 servings

Salad Ingredients:

 

Peanut Satay Sauce Ingredients (make double to also use as dressing):

Directions:

  • Bake the tofu at 425 F for 25 min until golden and crispy.
  • Add all the sauce ingredients to a pan and add the cornstarch mix. 
  • Heat on low heat to blend all the ingredients, and once slightly thickened, add baked tofu.
  • Mix well until well combined, and the tofu is well covered with sauce.
  • Add all the salad ingredients into a bowl, top with tofu and extra peanut satay sauce.
  • Enjoy!

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