Mango Quinoa Salad -Thai Inspired!

Jessica Penner, RDRecipes, Salad3 Comments

Mango Quinoa Salad -Thai Inspired

A tasty Thai inspired mango quinoa salad filled with juicy mangoes; crisp red peppers, and creamy cashews; it’s good for your health and soul!

Mango Quinoa Salad before and after

I love Thai Mango Salad.

I love Mango Quinoa Salad.

Put them together = mind blown.

It’s just perfect on a hot summer day…. or any time! I’ve certainly made it in the dead of winter just to insert a bit of a tropical feel inside the house, even if it’s a polar vortex outside! Feel free to add chicken or shrimp to kick it up a notch and add some extra protein and minerals.

A handful of cilantro rinsed in a sink.

Ingredients on a counter for the dressing of a Thai Inspired Mango Quinoa Salad

Dressing ingredients for a Mango Quinoa Salad -Thai Inspired

Why This Mango Quinoa Salad is the Smart Choice

Quinoa and cashews are both vegetarian sources of iron (called non-heme iron). The body isn’t able to absorb this type of iron as well as the iron found in animal products (called heme iron).

  • About 15-35% of heme (animal sources) is absorbed
  • About 5% of non-heme iron is absorbed

Vitamin C transforms the non-heme iron into a form that the body can absorb better. Mangoes and red peppers are both excellent sources of Vitamin C. So the ingredients in this recipe work hand in hand to maximize its nutritional value!

If you give this recipe a go, let me know! Leave a comment, rate it, or snap a photo and tag it with #smartnutritionrecipes on Instagram!  I’d love to see your creations! Knowing someone has enjoyed one of my recipes always makes my day brighter.  

Craving more Thai?

Mango Quinoa Salad -Thai Inspired

Mango Quinoa Salad -Thai Inspired

  • Author: Jessica Penner, RD
  • Prep Time: 10-15 minutes
  • Total Time: 10-15 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings
  • Category: Salad
  • Cuisine: Thai


A tasty Thai inspired mango quinoa salad filled with juicy mangoes; crisp red peppers, and creamy cashews; good for your health and soul!


  • 1 cup quinoa, uncooked
  • 2 mangoes
  • 1 large (or 2 small) red peppers
  • softened to room temperature
  • 1 handful fresh cilantro
  • 1 cup chopped red onion
  • 1 cup cashews


  • ½ cup mango or orange juice
  • 2 tbsp lime juice
  • 2 tbsp canola oil
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp fish sauce
  • 1 thai chili, chopped finely


  1. Place the uncooked quinoa and 2 cups of water in a saucepan. Bring to a boil then simmer until cooked.
  2. Meanwhile, chop the mangoes, red pepper, cilantro, red onion and cashews into bite size pieces. Place in large bowl.
  3. Combine the dressing ingredients in small bowl then pour into larger bowl. Stir to coat pieces.
  4. Once the quinoa has cooked, allow to cool for a few minutes then add to the large bowl.
  5. Place in fridge until salad has cooled.

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