Crunchy Thai Salad

Serve with chopsticksTo go with yesterday’s vegetarian Thai soup (if you use vegetable stock and tofu), I thought it’d be nice to show you the vegetarian Thai salad I made to go with it for lunch one day.

IT’S TWO VEG DISHES IN A ROW!  It’s like Panera, but sans chemicals.

I know.  You’re welcome.

Oh, and, it’s delicious too.  This salad can be made with any veggies that you like, of course.  The dressing is what MAKES it, and this recipe makes enough for 4-6 salads.  Make a double batch and keep it in the fridge – it’s great to have around!

For the dressing:

  • 1 tablespoon peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon grated ginger
  • 1 clove finely minced garlic
  • 1/2 cup sweet chili sauce
  • 1 teaspoon fish sauce
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce or ponzu sauce
  • 1/4 cup rice vinegar
  • chili oil, to taste

For the salad (makes 4):

  • 8 cups lettuce or other salad greens
  • 1/4 head cabbage
  • 3 scallions
  • 5 baby carrots or 1 small carrot
  • 1/2 cup unsalted cashews
  • 2 small ripe avocados
  • lime wedges, sriracha, and cilantro, optional, for serving

Obviously, the dressing is a cinch to make.

Ingredients

Put the peanut butter, ginger, and garlic in the bottom of a dish.

PB garlic and ginger to start

Then, add the rice vinegar and chili sauce.

Add rice vinegar to hard ingredients

Add the fish sauce and ponzu, or use soy with a splash of lemon or lime juice.

Soy sauce base

I used 1 teaspoon of chili oil to start, then added more later to make the dressing really spicy.  You can add as much or as little as you’d like.

Drip chili oil to taste

Now, use a fork or small whisk to mix the dressing until it’s smooth.  Taste it, and add more of anything you’d like.  I added more vinegar and chili oil – I like things tangy and spicy.

Whisk together dressing

Now, onto the salad!  Heat a skillet to medium heat and add the cashews.  Shake the cashews every 30 seconds for 3 minutes or so until lightly toasted and fragrant.  Set the cashews aside.

Toast cashews in dry skillet

Heap salad greens on each plate, and thinly slice the cabbage.  Top the lettuce with some cabbage.

Thinly slice cabbage

Cut the carrot into matchsticks.  I used baby carrots because that’s what I had.  I cut them into really thin planks, then cut the planks into thin strips.  Pretty!

Matchstick carrots

Sprinkle the carrot over the salad greens.

Add carrots to greens

Now, thinly slice the green onion and sprinkle it all over the salads.

Thinly slice onion

How pretty!

Salad with veggies ready for dressing

Drizzle the dressing over the salad – the dressing is strong with lots of sweetness from the chili sauce and tang from the vinegar, so don’t add too much!  You want to be able to taste the veggies.

Dress salad well

Now, sprinkle cashews over the salads and cut the avocado in half.  Carefully remove the pit.

Halve avocado

To cut the avocado, make cuts right in the avocado without peeling it in a cross motion.

Score avocado to cut

Then, use a spoon to scoop the avocado cubes right on top of the salad.  Perfect!

Stacked dressed salad

Add some cilantro, sriracha, or a squeeze of lime juice to the salad if you’d like, and you’re good to go!

Serve with chopsticks

This was really light and flavorful and delicious.  The peanut butter in the salad dressing makes it just slightly creamy, which we loved.  Perfect for lunch or light dinner with soup.  Enjoy!

 

 

This is so perfect that I included it in this week’s Weekend Potluck.  It’s this cute thing where blogs from EVERYWHERE can submit recipes to share with others – it’s so fun to check out new things!

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