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Gado Gado – Indonesian Vegetable Salad

Gado Gado

Gado Gado – Indonesian vegetable salad literally means mix mix. A mix of vegetables, tofu, bean sprouts and the quintessential peanut sauce or bumbu as it is called in the local language. Traditionally the bumbu is made to order as per an individual’s preference for how hot they want the sauce to be. A mix of varied vegetables is smothered in peanut sauce, sometimes topped with a Krupuk or a cracker.

Gado Gado – Indonesian Vegetable Salad

For this salad, I did not make an ‘on demand’ sauce. I tried to keep it a nice balance of hot, sweet and savory and I felt that it was really good the way it was. On some days I might go for a hotter version, but with the vegetables I had on hand, this sauce worked well. The reason I am talking more about the sauce is because even though Gado Gado is a salad, it is the sauce that makes the dish. The rest is simply a combination of blanched or raw vegetables.

Gado Gado – Indonesian Vegetable Salad

What you need to know is that this is a deceptive looking bowl of salad. While you may think that you ate just some salad for lunch, this keeps you full for hours. Nutritious, delicious, healthy and one good looking salad. This is what I am serving for my Progressive Eats Dinner this month for the “Soup’s on” theme.  February is a month when we should indulge ourselves in all kinds of soups and salads to nourish the body for the rigorous work in spring.  To me the rigorous work would mean spring cleaning my closet, but I digress.  Hungry? Let’s go eat some soup and Salad.


Gado Gado – Indonesian Vegetable Salad



Lamb and Barley Soup from Healthy Delicious
Sausage, Pepper and Bean Soup from That Skinny Chick Can Bake
Creole Black Eyed Pea Soup from Never Enough Thyme
Old Fashioned Chicken Soup with Dumplings from Creative Culinary
Watercress and Buttermilk Vichysoisse from The Wimpy Vegetarian
Pressure Cooker Chorizo Chicken and Kale Soup from Pressure Cooking Today
Rhode Island Clam Chowder from girlichef


Quinoa Beet Kale Apple Walnut Goat Cheese Salad from Jeanette’s Healthy Living
Gado Gado – Indonesian Vegetable Salad from Spice Roots
Buttermilk Herb Rolls from Stetted
Gluten-Free Corn Muffins with Jalapeno and Cheese from The Heritage Cook


Berry Soup Dessert Shooters from Miss in the Kitchen


Welcome to Progressive Eats, our virtual version of a Progressive Dinner Party. This month’s theme is Soup’s On! and is hosted by Lauren Keating who blogs at Healthy. Delicious. Need some warming up? We can help!

If you’re unfamiliar with the concept, a progressive dinner involves going from house to house, enjoying a different course at each location. With Progressive Eats, a theme is chosen each month, members share recipes suitable for a delicious meal or party, and you can hop from blog to blog to check them out.

We have a core group of 12 bloggers, but we will always need substitutes and if there is enough interest would consider additional groups. To see our upcoming themes and how you can participate, please check out the schedule at Creative Culinary or contact Barb for more information.

Gado Gado – Indonesian Vegetable Salad

Serves: 4

Gado Gado – Indonesian Vegetable Salad


    The Salad
  • 4 boiled eggs (sliced)
  • 2 boiled potatoes (sliced and cut into medium size)
  • 1/2 C Sliced cucumbers
  • 1 C Thinly sliced cabbage
  • 1 C spinach
  • 1/2 C sliced/ shredded carrots
  • 1/2 C green beens cut into 2 inch pieces
  • For sauce
  • 1.5 C roasted peanuts
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 Tbs palm jaggery
  • 2-3 Bird eye chillies
  • 1 tsp tamarind paste ( Use less if using a concentrate)
  • 1tsp shrimp powder
  • 1/4 C to 1/2 C water
  • salt to taste


    Make the sauce
  1. Coarsely grind the peanuts with the chillies and garlic. Dilute the tamarind and palm sugar in 1/4 cup water and add to the peanut mix. Blend into a crunchy or smooth consistency as per your liking. You may add in more water gradually and blend everything to a smooth consistency. Season with salt and Shrimp powder.
  2. Prep the salad
  3. Blanch the cabbage, spinach and beans until slightly tender
  4. Assemble the eggs, potatoes and all other vegetables into a bowl, pour over some peanut sauce on top and enjoy.


Since this is basically just a mix of vegetables use what you have on hand and how much you think you will need. Other good vegetable additions are- chayote, Chinese spinach,water spinach, long beans, mung bean sprouts.

Traditionally fried tofu and tempeh is added to the salad. You may choose to add those in.



  16 Responses to “Gado Gado – Indonesian Vegetable Salad”

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  1. Gado Gado is new to me and I must say it sounds incredibly delicious. Just the perfect thing to go with our soup menu for this month’s Progressive Eats!
    Lana | Never Enough Thyme recently posted…Creole Black Eyed Pea SoupMy Profile

  2. Love your recipe for the sauce. Pinning it for future reference. My dad first introduced me Gado Gado….will make it for him (sans shrimp powder) when he visits over summer.

  3. This looks like such a great healthy salad and that dressing sounds divine!
    Mary Frances recently posted…Catfish Roasted with Tomatoes and Horseradish  My Profile

  4. This looks superb! Loads of flavor. And such an interesting dish — this is new to me. Love it! Thanks.
    John@Kitchen Riffs recently posted…White Bean and Quinoa Soup with HamMy Profile

  5. It really is a great looking salad.
    Barbara @ Barbara Bakes recently posted…Thick, Chewy Chocolate Chip CookiesMy Profile

  6. I’ve always wanted to try gado gado – thanks so much for sharing your recipe so I can make it at home now.
    Jeanette | Jeanette’s Healthy Living recently posted…Quinoa Beet Kale Apple Walnut Goat Cheese Salad Recipe {Progressive Eats}My Profile

  7. Thank you Ansh for introducing me to a whole new salad that sounds perfectly delicious and amazing! I cannot wait to make this!
    Jane, The Heritage Cook recently posted…Gluten-Free Corn Muffins with Jalapeno and CheeseMy Profile

  8. This definitely looks like a good, hearty salad that would tide you over until your next meal. That dressing is definitely what it’s all about, the flavors packed into that unassuming little bowl sound out of this world!
    Heather | girlichef recently posted…Rhode Island Clam Chowder #ProgressiveEatsMy Profile

  9. Incredibly delicious! I love the sauce that you made, so flavorful and delicious!
    Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen recently posted…Comment on Berry Soup Dessert Shooters by LizMy Profile

  10. I am so glad to know what Gado Gado is—because I became an instant fan! The combination of ingredients and spicy peanut dressing sounds magnificent!!!


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