Indonesia’s National Gado Gado Salad – a recipe by Bali Bites!

Indonesia’s National Gado Gado Salad

Today, we are sharing this amazing Indonesian recipe by Derrick and Linda from Bali Bites.

Derrick and Linda wanted to introduce something unique, authentic, traditional, cultural and totally Indonesian, with Bali Bites. From Derrick’s generations of grandmothers, the peanut sauce recipe was a guarded family secret. When it was passed down to Derrick, he had to keep a promise that it is made exactly the traditional way from scratch. And this is how Bali Bites peanut sauce was born!

After a few years, Bali Bites introduced spicy sambals as this was another special sauce to pair up with the peanut sauce. You can say it’s a “peanut butter & jelly” marriage. Each sauce can be eaten alone but once paired, bam! You got something extra unique and super tasty!

The Homemade Indonesian Peanut Sauces are available in traditional style (with shrimp paste) or Vegan style (with soybean), as well in 3 spice levels, mild, medium or hot. Peanut sauces are gluten and lactose free. Best benefit of the sauce is that you don’t have to use it all at once, just by adding hot water using a 2 to 1 ratio; 2 sauce mix to 1 hot boiled water, a tasty peanut sauce is then produced to be used as a salad dressing, finishing sauce, dipping sauce, and as an everyday condiment.

Peanut sauce and sambals are their passion to introduce a little of Indonesia to family kitchens.

Enjoy the recipe!!

You need:

  • 1 bag of mixed shredded cabbage ( blanched)
  • 1 can of water chestnuts or 6 fresh chestnuts ( optional-sliced)
  • 1 medium carrot ( julienned or grated)
  • 1 cucumber ( julienned or sliced)
  • 1 cup of green beans ( blanched and cut in serving size pieces)
  • 2 medium size potatoes ( boiled or steamed and cut into cubes)
  • 2-3 boiled eggs ( sliced)
  • 1 cup fresh beansprouts
  • 1 cup of tofu or tempeh( deep fried, steamed or boiled- then cut in cubes
  • Prawn crackers and/or fried onions for garnish ( optional- but do try it with the prawn/shrimp chips)
  • 1 cup or more of Bali Bites peanut sauce mixed with ½ cup of boiled hot water ( mix to your desired sauce consistency) You’ll want more!

Place all the prepared vegetables in a bowl and pour in the desired amount of peanut sauce over it.

Mix well and serve on plate with prawn crackers and fried onions.

*Note: you can use any vegetables of your choice and even add rice noodles to make another delicious Indonesian salad called Ketoprak. Be creative and add chicken, tuna or side meats to zup it up!