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Gado Gado – Indonesian Vegetable Salad

Servings 4


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
  • 1 tsp 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.

Prep the salad

  1. Blanch the cabbage, spinach and beans until slightly tender
  2. Assemble the eggs, potatoes and all other vegetables into a bowl, pour over some peanut sauce on top and enjoy.

Recipe Notes

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.