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I feel like I haven’t posted a recipe in forever!  I can’t think of a yummier recipe to post to get me back into my rhythm than this Thai chicken salad with peanut dressing, and bonus you can make it in about 20 minutes!

We have a serious thing for Thai food in our house, there is a Thai restaurant 2 minutes from our house that we order from way to often!   I’ll tell ya, it’s giving Mexican food some serious competition lately!  We just love Thai food, especially this salad in the summer, it’s so healthy and refreshing.  Combined with our other serious love for peanut butter and this recipe is a total win.

I start with a whole cooked rotisserie chicken from the grocery store, you can certainly roast your own if you’re willing.  Our grocery store has organic rotisserie so I’m good with that.  The recipe calls for 2-3 cups of shredded rotisserie chicken.  I never measure this out actually, I just add what looks to be enough to feed everyone.  As for the peanut butter we used Earth Balance Creamy, and for the coconut milk we used Thai Kitchen Lite Coconut Milk in a can.  Save any leftover coconut milk for your coffee, so yummy!

Most of the salad veggies you can get pre-sliced, but you will need to slice a few on your own.  Yeah, veggie slicing is boring so I like to have a glass of wine and crank up some Frank or Ella tunes to get me through it.  Another secret trick I’ve learned is to invite your husband or significant other for a “couples cooking date night”, then I assign all the horrible tedious stuff to him… like mincing garlic.  Ugh… that’s my least favorite thing to do in the kitchen!

Due to the boring veggie slicing I was drinking wine, therefore I didn’t get a picture of the dressing.  It’s the wine’s fault, it makes me forget things!  So just close your eyes and imagine a light brown liquid in a blender.  Great job!  That’s exactly what it looked like.  Seriously the dressing is so easy!  Just throw all the ingredients in and blend for a few seconds, until smooth.

Thai Chicken Salad with Peanut Dressing

Make this delicious salad in just 20 minutes!
Servings: 4 people

Ingredients

Ingredients for the salad:

  • 2-3 cups shredded rotisserie chicken
  • 4 cups coleslaw mix
  • 1 cup julienne (matchstick) carrots
  • 1 red pepper thinly sliced
  • 1 cucumber, seeded and sliced
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro
  • 4 sliced green onions
  • 1/2 chopped salted peanuts

Ingredients for the dressing:

  • 3/4 cup light coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 2 tbs toasted sesame oil
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 2 tbs soy sauce
  • 1 tbs rice vinegar
  • 1 tbs honey
  • 1- 1 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • extra lime wedges, for garnishing if desired

Instructions

  • Combine all the ingredients for the dressing into a blender or food processor and blend until smooth.  
  • In a large bowl place all salad ingredients and toss together, excluding the peanuts.   Add salad dressing right before serving and mix well.  
  • Top the salad with peanuts and then garnish with lime wedges if desired.

 

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