I’m missing Bali so much, so I’ve been fixing one of my favorite Balinese dishes — one that is so perfect for scorching summertime days! It’s called Gado-Gado, which means mix-mix, because it’s a mix of absolutely delicious and nutritious ingredients topped with delectable peanut sauce!

It can be made all sorts of ways, with all sorts of things, so I’m going to give you a very simple version. If you make a lot of it at once, you can eat it for a couple days, which means less time spent in the kitchen.



2 pounds small red potatoes cut into bite-sized chunks

1 small pkg carrots cut diagonally into 1-inch slices

1 pound green beans

1 package mung beans

6 hard boiled eggs (cut in half)

2 cloves minced garlic

1/2 cup peanut butter

1/2 tsp red pepper flakes

1/4 cup lime or lemon juice

1 tablespoon brown sugar (optional)

1 tablespoon soy sauce

pinch salt

1 cup hot water


Cooking Instructions:

  1. Put two large pots of water on the stove and bring to a boil. Boil the potatoes for 10 minutes. At the same time boil the other vegetables separately for 4 minutes each, starting with the green beans. You can use a slotted spoon to remove them so that the boiling water is available for the other vegetables. (The mung beans go last. Just dip them in and then drain into a colander.)
  2. Meantime, put the peanut butter, red pepper flakes, garlic lemon or lime juice, soy sauce, brown sugar in a blender and spin!
  3. Arrange all the colorful vegetables and the eggs on a large platter.
  4. Serve with the delicious peanut sauce.

You can also use tofu and fried tempeh, cucumbers and peanuts, or anything else you like.