Indonesian Salad | Gado Gado

Nope.

That would be weird.

No, this is peanut sauce, the perfect complement to Gado Gado.

And what is Gado Gado, you ask?

The coolest way to stay cool in Indonesia.

Made from an assortment of tofu, tempeh, young jack fruit, cooled boiled potatoes, eggs, and green beans, Gado Gado is a dream-come-true for those of us who like to use leftovers. Of course, to keep things fresh and crunchy, most Gado Gado salads also add a blast of cabbage and sprouts.

If that sounds too healthy, no worries. While I went light on the peanut sauce, I’ve read that many salads are swimming in the stuff.

I got the same effect by dipping each bite until totally coated in peanut sauce.

It was brilliant.

What are we waiting for?

Let’s hit up a floating market and make some Gado Gado.

Floating island in Borneo. Photo by Harri J.

Ingredients for 2-4

2 handfuls green beans, steamed and cooled
4 small red potatoes, boiled, cooled, and quartered
4 eggs, hard-boiled, cooled, and halved
1/2 package tempeh, pan fried in oil
8 oz tofu, pan fried in oil
1 can young jack fruit, sliced in bite-sized chunks
handful bean sprouts
cabbage, to taste

Serve with Peanut Sauce.

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Made from an assortment of tofu, tempeh, young jack fruit, cooled boiled potatoes, eggs, and green beans, Gado Gado is a dream-come-true for those of us who like to use leftovers. Of course, to keep things fresh and crunchy, most Gado Gado salads also add a blast of cabbage and sprouts.Indonesian Salad | Gado Gado
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  1. Divide ingredients among serving bowls. Serve with peanut sauce.
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Recipe Copyright Sasha Martin, Global Table Adventure. For personal or educational use only.

13 Comments

  1. Megan says

    What does jackfruit taste like? I haven’t heard of it before.

    • Sasha Martin says

      It reminds me a little of heart of palm – it’s very mild. Once it ripens (ie. no longer “young”) it can be sweet.

    • Sasha Martin says

      Thank you! Anything to make it more fun. Cute avatar, by the way!

  2. Brian S. says

    I love gado gado. And Nasi Goreng. I always felt a slight frisson of sin when I ordered that because it reminds me of the number two Nazi, Goering. Anyway it’s amazing how many wonderful savory dishes feature peanut butter. Gado gado. Satay sauce, perhaps. Japanese salad dressing. Some stellar West African soups. And by coincidence last night I made cold spaghetti with peanut butter! Easy. Just combine two tablespoons soy sauce, three tablespoons red wine vinegar, one tablespoon sesame oil, dash of ginger powder, dash of garlic powder, one teaspoon sugar, one-fourth cup peanut butter. Blend into a smooth paste, which involves slowly mashing the peanut butter with a fork until it blends with the other stuff and then stirring with a spoon. Pour over about half a pound of room temperature spaghetti and mix well. Eat it.

    • Sasha Martin says

      Sounds like total comfort food… I would probably stir fry the noodles first, though, to get them a little golden/crispy. Yummmm.

  3. John Goodenow says

    I do this, too, topping it with a few steamed shrimp, some sliced green onions, and some thin cucumber slices. Makes a cool and refreshing meal.

  4. elisa waller says

    tick tock…tick tock……I anticipate your peanut sauce recipe…in other news..your meal looks wonderful…I simply love it..ihave never tried jackfruit and have no idea what it is..gonna look it up on line now!

  5. We ate many version of gado gado while in Bali last year. We found that some restaurants served it more like a salad (lettuce, tomatoes, tofu, eggs) with peanut sauce on top while others served it with steamed/boiled vegetables. All were good, but we found it really difficult to photograph – it’s hard to make a pile of peanut sauce look appetizing! Although, you managed to do this with your photo here :)

    • Sasha Martin says

      Thanks Audrey- It’s definitely all about ordered chaos when it comes to photographing salads. I wish I could have tasted the real thing, like you two.

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  7. This was my first time having tofu, and I have to admit, it wasn’t all that bad (the husband thought it was cheese!). One thing I didn’t like though was the young jack fruit. I won’t be adding that in next time :-)

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