Gado Gado

Gado Gado is an Indonesian salad of raw, blanched or steamed vegetables and may include hard-boiled eggs and/or firm tofu.  It is always served at room temperature and accompanied by peanut sauce. There are no pre-set ingredients for Gado Gado, go with your preferences. Be sure to cut your ingredients into one- or two-bite pieces and include seasonal selections.  Strive for varied colors, textures and flavors among the components, this will not only make for a more attractive presentation but also a more enjoyable dining experience.  Pickled vegetables are also suitable for inclusion in this recipe.

Here is an interesting fact: Gado Gado has been officially designated as one of the five national dishes representing Indonesian cuisine by the government of Indonesia!  Prepare Gado Gado for a light and easy dinner at your home and enjoy.

Gado Gado

Total Time: 10 to 30 minutes depending upon your selection of ingredients and excluding preparing the peanut sauce. Serves 4.

Suggested Ingredients:

  • Hard-boiled Eggs, halved (2 per person)
  • Bean Sprouts, steamed
  • Carrots (sliced or cut into bite-size pieces or “baby” carrots), steamed or raw
  • Broccoli florets, steamed
  • Cucumber, cut into 2-inch pieces and quartered lengthwise
  • Beets, cooked and quartered or cubed
  • Bok Choy or Baby Bok Choy, steamed
  • Cauliflower florets, steamed
  • Radishes, halved
  • Jicama, peeled and cubed
  • Cabbage, cut into bite-size pieces and steamed
  • Sweet Bell Peppers, stem and core removed and cut into strips
  • Tomatoes, cut into wedges or thick slices
  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • Firm Tofu, cut into bite-size pieces
  • Potatoes, boiled until al dente and cut into bite-size pieces


  1. Hard boil the eggs, when done, cover with cold water immediately to stop the cooking. Once cooled, peel and halve.
  2. Steam and boil the vegetables which require it, cool prior to serving.
  3. Arrange the hard-boiled eggs, vegetables, etc. on platters and plates and serve Gado Gado with peanut sauce.

Gado Gado