Thai Chicken Chopped Salad with Peanut Dressing

Thai Chicken Chopped Salad is exploding with contrasting flavors and textures of crunchy Napa cabbage, juicy chicken, colorful peppers, sweet carrots, salty peanuts, & fresh cilantro, all finished off with an amazing Peanut Dressing!


Yield: 6 servings


Ingredients
FOR THE DRESSING:
  • 1 large clove of garlic
  • 1/3 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons freshly-squeezed lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil (or another light vegetable oil)
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil (regular or toasted)
  • 1/4 teaspoon sriracha
  • Warm water, 1 teaspoon at a time, to thin dressing to desired consistency (only if needed)
FOR THE SALAD:
  • 16 ounces chopped Napa cabbage (or hearts of romaine, or a combo of the two)
  • 3 to 4 cups chopped or shredded cooked chicken
  • 1 1/2 cups thinly sliced red bell peppers (or multi-colored mini sweet peppers)
  • 1 1/2 cups julienned (or shredded) carrots
  • For serving: cilantro leaves (chopped or torn), chopped salted peanuts, sesame seeds, and lime wedges

Instructions
  1. To prepare the dressing, place the clove of garlic in a small food processor or blender. Pulse until garlic is finely minced. Add the peanut butter, honey, soy sauce, lime juice, rice vinegar, canola oil, sesame oil, and sriracha. Process or blend until completely smooth and combined. If dressing is too thick, add 1 teaspoon warm water and blend again. Repeat until desired consistency is reached. Taste the dressing and adjust to taste by adding a bit more soy sauce (for saltier), honey (for sweeter), or sriracha (for hotter). (Alternatively, finely mince the garlic by hand, combine all of the ingredients in a large bowl, and briskly whisk until the dressing is smooth and emulsified.)
  2. To prepare the salad, place the chopped Napa cabbage in a large bowl. Arrange the chicken, peppers, and carrots on top. Drizzle with desired amount of dressing, toss to combine, and garnish with cilantro leaves, peanuts, sesame seeds, and freshly-squeezed lime juice. Serve immediately.
Notes
  • Heads of Napa cabbage can vary in size, so I recommend weighing it when you buy it to determine if it's around 1 pound or if it's much heavier, in which case you may not want to use the whole thing. When I made this salad, I needed to use up a 7-ounce tub of hearts of romaine that was nearing its expiration date in my fridge. To that I added 1/2 of a Napa cabbage -- chopped -- which brought the total amount of my salad greens to about 16 ounces.
  • I used a small rotisserie chicken. Once chopped, it measured 3 1/2 cups. Alternatively, you may bake or grill 3 large (or 4 medium-sized) chicken breasts to use in this recipe.

Recipes from fivehearthome.com.



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