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Gado Gado on Toast

10 min


10 ingredients or less

This loaded toast is inspired by the Indonesian dish "gado-gado", it's a salad with mixed vegetables served with peanut sauce on top. We simplified this amazing dish with peanut butter, cucumber, carrots and some deliciously spicy sambal.



10 min


10 min


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  • 2 tsp (10 mL)
    vegetable oil
  • 4
    slices whole wheat bread
  • ⅓ cup (80 mL)
    peanut butter
  • ¼
    cucumber, sliced
  • ¼ cup (28 g)
    grated carrot
  • 1 Tbsp (15 mL)
  • 1 Tbsp (15 mL)
  • 2 Tbsp (7 g)
    crispy fried onions (optional)


  1. To a large pan on medium-high heat, add the oil and slices of bread. Toast the bread until golden on both sides.
  2. Top the toast with peanut butter, cucumber, carrot, ketjap, sambal, and fried onions. Enjoy!


  • The assembled toast is best when enjoyed immediately.

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Grains & Starches 75%

slice whole wheat bread

Proteins 8%

peanut butter

Fruits & Veggies 17%


grated carrot

No significant sources of calcium

vegetable oil

peanut butter

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Sandamini - March 14, 2024, 3:40 p.m.

OMGGG!! I'm hooked, this is hands down the best sandwich ever, so genius! Thank you so much!

PUL Team - March 15, 2024, 8:58 p.m.

Such a big compliment, Sandamini, thank you! 🙌

Saskia de Vries - Jan. 24, 2024, 6:38 p.m.

Simple but delicious, will make this more often.

Anna - Dec. 30, 2023, 2:41 p.m.

Love this! It's a delicous lunch, if you don't have much time, like me :)

Holly B-M - Dec. 29, 2023, 9:36 p.m.

This was fantastic balance of flavours and textures, my family loves this as a brekkie/lunch! Thanks for including some diverse cultural recipes, I really enjoy them

PUL Team - Jan. 2, 2024, 11:36 p.m.

Yayy thanks for the heartwarming review and support, Holly! We have many more diverse recipes coming 😃

Matt - Dec. 28, 2023, 5:12 p.m.

Hi team.
Just wanted to say l've just found your channel and I'm loving the professional content. So had to get the app too!!
Love this recipe and as I'm just restarting my vegan journey this is a filling and tasty start. Tho I topped it with a drizzle of balsamic glaze.

PUL Team - Dec. 29, 2023, 8 a.m.

Ooh balsamic sounds like a super interesting twist! Thanks so much for your support, Matt, and I hope you enjoy the recipes and nutrition features in the app!

Suzan - Dec. 18, 2023, 12:41 p.m.

I’m hooked. So simple and yet so tasty. Did use sambal badjak instead of manis. And will add some taugé next time.

PUL Team - Dec. 19, 2023, 4:14 a.m.

So glad that the Gado Gado on Toast is being enjoyed, Suzan, thank you!☺️

Kayla Hernandez - Dec. 15, 2023, 4:24 a.m.

At the moment, I'm planning on making this weekly for a's that good!

Mev - Nov. 15, 2023, 8:40 a.m.

This is my absolute favorite thing to eat right now! I didn’t have ketjap manis or sambal oolek, so I subbed in coconut aminos and hot sauce(mix with the peanut butter). I have been playing around with different vegetables on this(like broccoli slaw), too. Every combo has been so delicious. I loooove this. Thank you PUL!

PUL Team - Nov. 16, 2023, 10:07 p.m.

Woohoo! Thanks for taking the time to share your experience with the gado gado toast, Mev, it means so much 🥰

ruth - Nov. 10, 2023, 2:42 a.m.


I didn't have bread but had a mini flatbread and made a Gado Gado pizza 🤤🤤🤤

Tessa - Oct. 31, 2023, 5:54 a.m.

10/10 - love finding new ways to eat peanut butter

Marjanne - Oct. 28, 2023, 7:10 p.m.

Sooo good, I have to repeat this gadogado weekly

Kim - Sept. 19, 2023, 10:48 a.m.

Would highly recommend pickling the carrots for just that little bit of extra flavour! I love this recipe so much (as a uni student this is my go-to lunch) and the pickled carrots are just the cherry (or carrot?) on top :)

PUL Team - Sept. 19, 2023, 7:05 p.m.

We're so happy to hear, Kim! Wishing you all the best with your studies as well ✨

Meredith - Sept. 17, 2023, 4:24 p.m.

I make this recipe ALL the time! It is absolutely delicious!! I can't say enough good things about this recipe! It's convenient, easy, tasty, and very nutritious! I really wouldn't skip the fried onions. They just make this recipe! Thank you for sharing this!

PUL Team - Sept. 18, 2023, 3:56 a.m.

Oh thank YOU, Meredith! We’re so thrilled that the gado gado on toast is being enjoyed. It’s one of our favourite recipes 🤩

Fatoom - July 23, 2023, 4:40 p.m.

Love this !

parnian ajami - July 22, 2023, 3:32 p.m.

This was surprisingly delicious!!! The combination of the ingredients have a pleasant harmony 🎼

Dacia Benson - July 22, 2023, 10:35 a.m.

Delicious! Works well with avocado too

Abi - July 17, 2023, 9:13 p.m.

Where can I find sambal oelek in California?

PUL Team - July 18, 2023, 3:01 a.m.

Hey Abi, there's unfortunately a worldwide shortage so we can't say with certainty. Perhaps the international aisle of larger grocery stores, smaller international markets, or online may be your best bet! If you can't find any, you could use another hot sauce like sriracha 🤗

Abi - July 18, 2023, 4:05 a.m.

Thanks very much!

Meredith - Sept. 18, 2023, 1:16 p.m.

I also use Sriracha or Thai chili garlic sauce in lieu of the Sambal Oelek.

Elena - July 16, 2023, 7:56 p.m.

So lovely! Reminded me of the trip to indonesia I took a month ago! Loved it

Jessica Naugle - July 16, 2023, 6:52 p.m.

My new favorite go-to lunch!!!!! Amazing.

Johanna - July 12, 2023, 11:33 a.m.

Wow, that was so yummy! What a great idea and pretty easy to make. Thank you.

Amber Szymczyk - July 7, 2023, 8:49 p.m.

Delicious!! And so easy! Who knew peanut butter toast could be so fancy??

PUL Team - July 8, 2023, 9:02 p.m.

A gamechanger right?! Thank you, Amber 😊🥜

Christy - July 3, 2023, 12:33 p.m.

Easy and delicious! I love the flavor combinations.

Gemma - July 3, 2023, 7:14 a.m.

Absolutely delicious! Made it 2 days in a row now 💕

Bridgette Brown - June 29, 2023, 5:06 p.m.

Is this my new favorite food? This might be my new favorite food. I'm literally buzzing with how happy these flavors made me. And you can't beat that it can be made in 5 minutes. Also the fact that it's budget friendly! This is college student approved 🤌 I can't get over the crisp freshness of the cucumber, with the nutty of the peanut butter, and the sweet and spicy sauces. This recipe is firing on all cylinders, but like it's just toast! It has no right being THIS good!

PUL Team - June 30, 2023, 7:57 a.m.

Aww thank you so much for the glowing review, Bridgette! It means so much 🥰 wishing you all the best in your studies ✨

Erin Thornley Parisi - June 26, 2023, 4:32 p.m.

It would be great if you could do a show about noodles. Kind of a “Noodles 101” to educate your viewers about the many different mounds of noodles, different ways to use them and how to cook each type. Thank you’

PUL Team - June 27, 2023, 1:48 a.m.

Awe I love this idea! We've noted it down, Erin, thank you 😎

Angela - June 25, 2023, 10:55 p.m.

Ik ben dol op het recept 🥰. Mijn moeder is half Indonesisch en half Nederlands, gado werd vaak geserveerd, maar nooit zo lekker. Dank je ❤️

Sara - June 16, 2023, 10:14 p.m.

So easy and sooooo good! Never would have thought to put these ingredients on toast, but it works!

Jen Clift - June 12, 2023, 2:01 a.m.

Yum! I've been excited to try this. I added sliced peppers and topped with cilantro. We didn't have any hoisin but did have a tamarind dipping sauce that I drizzled on with some sriracha. It was amazing and my husband loved it. Thank you!

PUL Team - June 12, 2023, 3:43 a.m.

Mmm thanks so much for sharing your experience with the recipe, Jen!

Lake - June 7, 2023, 9:49 a.m.

Such a refreshing version of a sandwich 🥹❤️‍🔥 Can’t get enough of it!

megan - June 5, 2023, 1:07 p.m.

Bram - June 2, 2023, 7:51 p.m.

Wow, this was delicious.
I used coconut oil rather vegetable oil to toast the bread.
I also added a thin layer of baked tofu which I marinate in a mix of sambal oelek, soy sauce, and sesame oil.
And then I sprinkled with a little bit of shredded thai basil from the herb garden.

PUL Team - June 3, 2023, 2:16 a.m.

Ooo sounds lovely, Bram! Thank you for taking the time to share 🤗

Robin - May 30, 2023, 4:55 p.m.

Is there a substitute for the ketjup?

PUL Team - May 31, 2023, 2:08 a.m.

Hey there, Robin, thanks for the question! Sometimes ketjap manis is called "sweet soy sauce" in case you can't seem to find it in store. You could alternatively use hoisin sauce, or soy sauce with a bit of sugar mixed in - the consistency is more liquid and less thick in this case, but it'll achieve a similar-ish taste 🙂

Michelle - May 27, 2023, 9:04 a.m.

Loved it! A hit with the family and so easy to make!

Suluhu - May 26, 2023, 12:02 p.m.

Imagine a Dutch office on a regular Thursday afternoon in May. Everyone has their lunchbox with like cheese sandwiches at lunch. I'm always eating strange stuff, but people notice I have a regular looking lunchbox with me today (instead of some salad, soup, whatever). Lunchtime comes and I open my lunchbox. Coworkers are curiously looking to see if they can take a peak at my sandwich. Is it really a regular old sandwich? They smell peanut butter and jokingly ask if I accidentally took my 5 year old's lunch with me. Then the sandwich opens up and I get out the vegetables I kept in a seperate container. Cucumber, green beans and some taugé go on top. Then I get out my tiny containers, one with ketjap manis and one with some fried onion and but that on top. My coworker says "Wait a minute is that supposed to be gadogado... on bread?" The man is semi-insulted but intrigued at the same time. I enjoy my lunch and get back to work. Co-workers joke about me never being able to bring a "normal" lunch.

Fast forward to today (Friday). I get to the office and the co-worker that was slightly insulted yesterday is already there. He shows me his lunchbox. It's the ingredients for a gadogado sandwich.

PUL Team - May 26, 2023, 9:04 p.m.

Oh my goodness, Suluhu, thanks a bunch for taking the time to share your experience with the recipe! Your story is such a lovely reminder about the power of plants and culinary creativity. As the quote goes something like: first they ignore you. then they laugh at you, and eventually, they join 😜

Sandra - May 25, 2023, 8:43 p.m.

Absolutely delicious!

Shawna - May 23, 2023, 4:24 p.m.

Okay just made this and I can see myself eating this every day! So easy and so good!

PUL Team - May 23, 2023, 7:52 p.m.

Whoop whoop! Thanks, Shawna 🙂

Tracy - May 23, 2023, 3:46 a.m.

Hey! What's a healthy store-bought crispy fried onion option? Or should I just add a slice of regular onion if I don't have these? Yellow or red?

PUL Team - May 23, 2023, 7:09 p.m.

Hey Tracy, we use a generic brand of crispy fried onions for added crunch, but it's optional so you could omit them. Crushed unsalted peanuts, toasted sesame seeds, or crushed rice crackers may be better than general onions for crunch. Otherwise, sun-dried tomatoes or any type of onion can be used as a topping. Perhaps sliced green onion would pair the best 🙂

AL - May 22, 2023, 4:19 p.m.

Hi, I’d love to try this recipe, looks delicious, but can I substitute the cucumbers with any other veggies, maybe zucchini…?
Thanks 😊

PUL Team - May 22, 2023, 8:45 p.m.

Hey AL, yes, feel free to swap the cucumbers for zucchini or any other veggies of your choice. Bell pepper or radish are two other ideas that may pair nicely with this one 🤗

AL - May 22, 2023, 9:05 p.m.

Thanks so much for your reply, I will definitely try it as soon as I can 😃 !
By the way, I’m so excited for your app to come out ! I’m sure it will be awesome !

PUL Team - May 22, 2023, 9:13 p.m.

Aw it means so much, AL, hopefully we will share it very soon 😃