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Gado-Gado - Indonesian Salad with Peanut Sauce

Gado-gado is the one salad from Indonesia that needs no introduction. The creamy, sweet, sour, and spicy peanut sauce is really what makes this a great salad. If there is such a thing as a national salad, this gado-gado will be it. ♥

Gado-Gado - Indonesian Salad with Peanut Sauce

Gado-Gado - Indonesian Salad with Peanut Sauce

There is no strict rule to what goes in a gado-gado, but it must at least include boiled eggs and boiled potatoes to count as one. The rest of the ingredients is really up to you. Some of the more common ingredients include: blanched cabbage, blanched bean sprouts, blanched snake beans, blanched green beans, blanched spinach, raw cucumber, boiled chayote, deep fried tofu, deep fried tempeh, and emping (melinjo crackers). You can see why gado-gado is pretty popular, huh? As long as you have extra peanut sauce saved in your fridge, you can quickly prepare this salad with pretty much whatever fresh vegetables you have at hand. ♥

Gado-Gado - Indonesian Salad with Peanut Sauce

5.0 from 10 reviews

Author: Anita Jacobson




Prep Time: 30 mins

Cook Time: 1 hour

Total Time: 1 hour 30 mins

Serves: 4


  • Peanut Sauce
  • 200 gram peanut, deep fried or roasted
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 50 gram palm sugar (Indonesian: gula Jawa)
  • 1 to 10 Thai chilies (Indonesian: cabe rawit), seeded - use as much or as little as you like
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon toasted shrimp paste (Indonesian: terasi), omit to make a vegetarian sauce
  • 1 teaspoon tamarind pulp, soaked in 2 tablespoon of warm water to get the juice
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 1 tablespoon sweet soy sauce (Indonesian: kecap manis)
  • 2 cup hot water
  • Must Have Salad Ingredients
  • 4 potatoes, peeled, cubed, and boiled
  • 4 eggs, hard boiled, peeled, and cut into quarters
  • Optional Salad Ingredients
  • blanched cabbage (Indonesian: kol)
  • blanched bean sprouts (Indonesian: tauge)
  • blanched snake beans (Indonesian: kacang panjang)
  • blanched green beans (Indonesian: buncis)
  • blanched spinach (Indonesian: bayam)
  • raw cucumber (Indonesian: timun)
  • boiled chayote (Indonesian: labu siam)
  • deep fried tofu
  • deep fried tempeh
  • melinjo crackers (Indonesian: emping)


  • Peanut Sauce
    1. Place peanut, garlic, palm sugar, Thai chilies, salt, and toasted shrimp paste in a food processor. Grind until everything is well mixed. Remove into a mixing bowl.
    2. Add tamarind juice, lime juice, and sweet soy sauce and mix well.
    3. Pour only enough of the hot water while keep stirring to get to the consistency of peanut sauce that you like.
  • To serve
    1. Place some boiled eggs, boiled potatoes, and whatever optional salad ingredients that you want to have in your gado-gado. Serve the peanut sauce in a small bowl.
    2. Just prior to eating the salad, pour the peanut sauce and mix well.
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  • Morgan Morgan says:

    Today is a happy day. Saya menemukan blog Anita! Saya sangat suka makanan Indonesia. Termia kasih untuk membuat resepnya! :]

    • Anita Anita says:

      Thank you for checking out the blog, Morgan. I always feel happy when people say they like Indonesian food. ♥

  • Yayoi Yayoi says:

    Excellent recipe!

  • Emma Emma says:

    Great recipe! My grandmother and my great aunts never made it with potatoes OR eggs- just cabbage, sprouts, and whatever other vegetables she had laying around. I think they add lots of heartiness to the dish though! Definitely will be making it that way from now on.

    • Anita Anita says:

      Thanks Emma! For most Indonesians, gado-gado needs eggs and potatoes. When the salad lacks these two ingredients, we'll probably make pecel instead of gado-gado. But since the peanut sauce is super delicious, you are right that it will still be more than delicious even without the eggs and potatoes :)

  • Dannii Dannii says:

    I had this when I was in Thailand and it's so good. Such simple flavours too.

    • Anita Anita says:

      Wow, I didn't know you can get Indonesian gado-gado in Thailand. But they do taste delicious, don't they? :)

  • Danielle Wolter Danielle Wolter says:

    omg that peanut sauce, it sounds incredible. the flavors in this are some of my favorite. this is a great dish!

  • Jen Jen says:

    I love trying new dishes and this sounds fabulous! Thanks for the recipe.

  • Demeter Demeter says:

    This peanut sauce is so good! Really adds so much flavor. Loved it!

  • Noelle Noelle says:

    Peanut sauce goes with so many thing, I love to add it to veggies or even a salad! This one is so simple, thank you!

  • Jamie Jamie says:

    The peanut sauce was so flavorful and delicious! We all loved it!

  • Pam Greer Pam Greer says:

    I have never heard of this salad before! The peanut sauce is just amazing and I use it on so many things!

  • Iryna Iryna says:

    Love the ingredients in this peanut sauce! I'm sure this salad tastes incredible with the sauce!

  • Chichi Chichi says:

    This dish is my kind of thing. I love everything in it, especially the peanut sauce. 😋

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