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Gado Gado



Gado Gado

Gado Gado is a delicious Indonesian dish made of rice and raw or blanched vegetables, topped with a creamy peanut dressing. It’s best served a little warm, even if that seems less salad-y than a cold dish. If you like, give each person a bowl of rice and put the vegetables, sauce, and add-ons out on the table so everyone can help themselves to toppings. If you’re allergic to nuts, skip this recipe. 
Prep Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 Servings

kitchen gear

  • Cutting board
  • Sharp knife (adult needed)
  • Measuring cup
  • Measuring spoons
  • Small skillet
  • Heatproof spatula
  • Small mixing bowl
  • Whisk
  • 4 bowls


  • **For the dressing**
  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon finely minced or grated peeled ginger or 1⁄2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 garlic clove, minced or 1⁄4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon honey or maple syrup (if you like)
  • 1 tablespoon low- sodium soy sauce
  • 1⁄4 cup peanut butter
  • 1⁄4 cup hot water
  • **For the Gado Gado**
  • 2 cups cooked brown rice*
  • 4 cups vegetables


  • To make the dressing: Put the skillet on the stove, add the oil, and turn the heat to medium. Add the ginger and garlic and cook until they are sizzling and very fragrant, about 1 minute. Scrape the ginger-garlic mixture into the mixing bowl, add the rest of the dressing ingredients, and whisk until creamy and blended. Taste the dressing: If it needs a flavor boost, add a splash more soy sauce or lime juice.
  •  Put 1⁄2 cup rice and 1cup vegetables in each bowl. You can arrange it all prettily, or just dump it in — it’s totally up to you!
  • Top each bowl with dressing and serve right away. 


Our Favorite Vegetables for Gado Gado 
  • Green beans, raw or blanched, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • Cabbage, raw or blanched, cut into 1-inch squares
  • Baby spinach, raw or blanched
  • Snow or sugar snap peas, raw or blanched
  • Broccoli florets, raw or blanched
  • ​Carrot, raw or blanched, sliced
  • Radishes, sliced
  • Cucumber, diced
  • Bean sprouts 
Try topping each bowl with any or all of the following:
• 1 tablespoon chopped peanuts
• 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro leaves
• 1 teaspoon Sriracha or other hot sauce (if you like it spicy)
• 1 hard-cooked egg, halved
• 1⁄2 cup cubed cooked or raw tofu
• 1⁄2 cup sliced leftover chicken
• 1 lime wedge, for squeezing 
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