Why does salad taste so good in the summer? Maybe because this Thai Chicken Salad With Peanut Dressing is loaded with veggies and drizzled with a sweet and spicy peanut dressing. A perfect light summer meal when you are looking to give the oven a rest.
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Now just because this is a salad doesn’t mean we are missing out on flavor. This salad is exploding with flavor in every bite. The lime, peanuts, fresh cilantro, and veggies make for a filling and satisfying meal. Not to mention it’s light on the calories.
I made this salad for one. You can easily double this recipe if you are making more than one serving. Swap out ingredients for what’s in season or in your pantry. Keep in mind you will be using half of the dressing as a marinade and the other half for your salad. Fancy right?
Now onto the dressing. The icing on the cake. I added peanut butter, soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, and a few extras to make a creamy Thai Dressing to complement our Thai Salad.
Top the salad with the peanut dressing. Sweet & spicy thanks to the sriracha and peanut butter combo.
Squeeze some lime on top before serving for some extra tartness.
Thai Chicken Salad With Spicy Peanut Dressing
- 1 cup romaine lettuce chopped
- 1/8 cup edamame
- 1/8 cup carrots shredded
- 1/8 cup cucumber julienne
- 1 1/2 tablespoons peanuts
- 1 chicken breast
- 1 tablespoon cilantro
- 1/2 lime cut into wedges
- 2 garlic cloves minced
- 1/2 tsp sriracha
- 1/4 tsp sesame seeds
- 1 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
- 1 tablespoon water
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
For the dressing, combine all of the ingredients and whisk until thick, creamy and clump free. Next divide the dressing into two portions. Half will be for our salad dressing and the other half will be used as a marinade for our chicken. Pour 1/2 of the divided dressing over the chicken and marinate for at least 30 minutes. Set the rest of the dressing on the side to serve with salad.
Place the romaine lettuce in the bottom of a bowl or plate. Cook marinated chicken on the grill or skillet. The chicken usually takes about 12 minutes to cook. Slice chicken breast and place on the salad along with the rest of the vegetables, peanuts, cilantro, and lime wedges.
Julienne is a culinary knife cut that is long and thin, similar to matchsticks.