Thursday, March 14, 2013

Thai Chicken Salad with Peanut Dressing

 I eat a salad for lunch almost every single day.  I love filling a bowl full of bright greens and other colorful veggies for a healthy midday meal.  But if you're going to have a salad every single day, you've got to be careful to keep it interesting, otherwise you'll get so bored that you'll end up coveting your sons mac and cheese and pigs in a blanket (not that I have ANY idea what that's like.)
This is a salad that I'm already looking forward to making again.  I love peanut sauce, so to have an entire salad coated in it's velvety, sweet flavor is just heaven.  There is a lot you can add to this salad to keep it fun, hot cooked rice noodles, crispy wonton strips, chopped sweet peppers, or you could sub shrimp or pork instead of chicken. 

Thai Chicken Salad with Peanut Dressing
From The New Way to Cook Light


6 cups torn romaine lettuce
2 cups shredded skinless, boneless cooked chicken breast (go rotisserie!)
2 cups fresh bean sprouts
1 cup shredded carrot
3/4 cup sliced celery
2/3 cups light coconut milk
1 tablespoon brown sugar
2 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
2 tablespoons lower sodium soy sauce
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
1/8 tablespoon ground red pepper
2 tablespoons coarsely chopped unsalted, dry-roasted peanuts
4 lime wedges, optional


Combine first five ingredients in a large bowl.  Combine coconut milk and next 5 ingredients (through red pepper) in a small saucepan, bring to a boil.  Reduce heat, and simmer 5 minutes, or until mixture thickens slightly, stirring occasionally.  Remove from heat, and cool 2 minutes.  Pour warm coconut milk mixture over lettuce mixture.  Sprinkle with peanuts, and serve with lime wedges, if desired.  Serve immediately.

Serves 4

Per Serving: 262 cal, 11g fat, 27g prot, 17g carbs, 4g fiber

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Blond Duck said...

I desperately need new salad ideas. This looks awesome!

Taste and Tell said...

I need to start eating a salad every day - and this would be a great salad to start with!!

Mary Bergfeld said...

What a lovely salad!This has just gone on my "must try" list. I hope you have a great weekend. Blessings...Mary

Pam said...

That is my kind of salad! It looks and sounds amazing. Bookmarked!

Anonymous said...

Yum! I need to add more salads to my lunch menu - they are so filling and such a great way to get your veggies in.

Happy Weekend!

Joanne said...

I adore all things thai peanut!! I'm definitely going to be making this with tofu!

Angie's Recipes said...

I am a huge fan of salad. Thai flavoured chicken salad sounds and looks divine, esp. when dressed with peanut sauce!

Toñi Sánchez "Mi Cocina" said...

Delicious salad!!! It looks amazing.

Reeni said...

I've been eating salads too - this is definitely getting made in the near future! It looks insanely good and I love the peanut dressing!

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I could drink Thai peanut sauce so I know this dressing would make my mouth happy! Saving this.

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