Indonesian Gado Gado Salad (gluten free, dairy free, grain free, vegetarian) - recipe via Nourish Everyday

Indonesian Gado Gado Salad

Indonesian gado gado salad is a healthy medley of lightly cooked vegetables topped with boiled eggs and a delicious peanut satay sauce. Gluten free, dairy free and so easy!

Course Main Course, Salads and Sides
Categories dairy free, gluten free, grain free, vegetarian
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 2 serves


  • 4 eggs
  • 250-300 grams potato or sweet potato
  • 1 cup broccoli florets
  • 1 cup green beans
  • 1-2 carrots
  • 1 cup cabbage leaves, roughly shredded
  • 4-6 lettuce leaves
  • 1/4 cup coconut flakes
  • 2 tsp chilli flakes - OPTIONAL, to garnish

Peanut Satay Salad Dressing

  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1-2 cloves garlic (adjust quantity depending on size)
  • 1 and 1/2 tbsp peanut butter - I prefer crunchy
  • 2 tsp tamari
  • 1/4 cup coconut milk
  • 1 lime
  • 1/4 cup coconut water or just plain water


  1. Set a large saucepan of water on to the stove and bring to the boil, and preheat your oven to 180 C.
  2. Prepare all your vegetables: (i) Scrub potatoes/sweet potatoes and cut into chunks (about 1 inch square chunks is nice); (ii) Trim carrots and cut into batons; (iii) Wash and trim the the green beans; (iv) Cut broccoli into small florets if not prepared already and (v) Shred cabbage leaves if not prepared already; (vi) Rinse lettuce leaves.
  3. Boil vegetables and eggs. You can do this all in one saucepan if you time it right. Start by putting in the potato chunks and the eggs. The potatoes will take the longest, 10-15 minutes depending on size and texture. Remove the eggs after 8-10 minutes and set aside. Add the carrot batons, beans, broccoli and cabbage for 2-3 minutes after you take the eggs out, and boil enough just to lightly cook them. Then, drain everything and set aside to cool a little.
  4. Toast the coconut chips. Spread them out on a baking tray and pop in the oven for 5 minutes or until golden brown. Remove and set aside.
  5. Make the sauce. Crush or finely chop the garlic and add to a small frypan with the coconut oil. Fry on a moderate heat just for 1-2 minutes, until the garlic is fragrant and slightly browned. Turn off the heat. Add the peanut butter, tamari and coconut milk to the warm pan and whisk together with a fork until well combined. Cut the lime in half and add the juice from half the lime, then whisk again. Then, whisk in as much of the 1/4 cup of coconut water/water to the dressing as necessary until it's thinned to your liking.
  6. Arrange the salad. Place a few lettuce leaves on two plates, then divide the cooked vegetables evenly between them. Peel the eggs and cut into quarters and add to the plates. Pour over the dressing. Scatter coconut chips, salad cress/sprouts and chilli flakes over the top. Serve the salad warm/at room temperature, with a wedge of the leftover lime used in the peanut sauce.

Recipe Notes

*If you'd prefer to keep this recipe vegan, just omit the eggs! It's also great with grilled chicken on top in place of the eggs.