Indonesian Mix-Mix Green Salad

Gado-Gado / Indonesian Mix-Mix Green Salad

We love our greens. Our greens need to be dip and dunked into something spicy. We love our spices.

This lovely salad is served with a very special sweet, sour and spicy peanut sauce. In our local dialect, the whole dish is known as Gado-Gado, which is literally “Mix-Mix” – from my very basic effort of translating the name into English. 

This is a popular dish, can be found mostly at street side food vendors who cater for take-away food. Wrapped in banana leaves, locals enjoy it as snack or quick lunch. 

There are many, many version of Gado-Gado out there. This version is how we prepared it in IndoChine Kitchen. The crucial ingredient is fresh pineapple juice – with the fiber and all. 

Any kind of vegetables can be used – steamed or fresh. The most important point is that they need to be cut julienned to roughly same sizes. When it is ready to be served, the sauce will be poured on top and tossed around with the vegetables so everything is coated evenly with the spicy sauce. My most favorite item is of course, the crackers. We use emping melinjo (fried cracker made from seeds of Gnetum Gnemon) and traditional red and white rice cracker. Any type of plain flavored crackers – such as nachos or plain unsalted potato chips would be great substitute. 


For Salad

1/4 (300 gr) white cabbage

100 gr long beans

100 gr lettuce

1 (200 gr) cucumber

2 cups (200 gr) bean sprouts

2 sticks (20 gr) cilantro

10 (30 gr) spring onions

10 blocks (500 gr) fresh beancurd

50 gr red & white traditional Indonesian crackers

50 gr emping crackers

  • Julienne white cabbage, cilantro, lettuce, spring onion
  • Blanch beansprouts, long beans
  • Deep fry beancurd till brown and cut to bite sizes
  • Deep fry the crackers 

For Sweet Sour Spicy Peanut Sauce

10 gr Thai green chili (small)

300 gr (1 1/2 cup) roasted / fried shelled peanuts, preferably with skin

50 gr palm sugar / brown sugar 

3 cloves garlic

1 tablespoon lime juice

1/2 cup fresh pineapple juice

2 tablespoon sweet dark soy sauce

  • Using mortal & pestle / food processor, grind nuts till crumbly. It is better not to grind them too fine since coarsely ground peanuts will provide richer texture to the sauce.
  • In a spice grinder or mortal & pestle, mix in chili, garlic, palm sugar. Process until it reaches paste consistency.
  • In a serving bowl. mix ground peanuts, chili paste, lime juice, pineapple juice and sweet dark soy sauce together. Stir till everything mixed well. 
  • Serve with the greens and crushed crackers. 
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9 Responses to “Indonesian Mix-Mix Green Salad”

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    ramya — November 20, 2008 @ 2:04 pm

    That is definitely super duper healthy… I wish I was ur neighbor

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    lk — November 20, 2008 @ 4:40 pm

    Just tried this Gado-Gado at the local food court. But I didn’t enjoy it because the sauce was not nice. This salad sounds like Pasembur (Msian Indian salad) to me.

    lk’s last blog post..Beetroot soup

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    Farina — November 20, 2008 @ 5:19 pm

    Its been a while since i have gado-gado since you cant keep the leftover. Its hard when you’re the only one eating them. Im so going to eat this everybody when I go back to KL. lol.

    Farina’s last blog post..Swiss Souffle Potatoes

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    elin — November 21, 2008 @ 5:37 am

    This sauce is something new…I think I will like it…pineapple juice + peanuts+palm sugar …will try this out definitely. Thanks for sharing:)

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    Daily Spud — November 24, 2008 @ 2:05 pm

    Jun – now it’s my turn to be unfamiliar with an ingredient :) – namely the indonesian crackers, and while I have heard of gado-gado, I’ve certainly never tried to make it. Love the sound of the peanut sauce though, so I guess I shall have to try it out!

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    mycookinghut — November 25, 2008 @ 10:17 pm

    I love anything spicy and this is great I think.. however, I haven’t tried :(

    mycookinghut’s last blog post..Tagliatelle with Spicy Sausage, Courgette, and Petit Pois

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    myf — December 8, 2008 @ 8:39 am

    mm, gado gado is delicious! :-)

    myf’s last blog post..Kepah Masak Cili Padi (Spicy Chili Clams)

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    Tan — February 1, 2009 @ 7:50 am

    WoW!!! so nice for this recipe Asian style. Your Green salad look yummy and healthy anyway…;)

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