Thai Crunch Salad
This is probably my favorite salad out of any that I’ve ever made. It is based off of this recipe that I saw on Pinterest. It’s loaded with crisp vegetables and has sweet mango in it to counter the salt and slight spice of the dressing.
You can double the dressing recipe and keep it in the fridge for a week. I use it all week long for other salads or just dip fresh veggies in it.
If you eat peanut butter, this dressing tastes amazing with it instead of the almond butter. We cut it for various reasons though, so almond butter it is for us!
For the Dressing
- 2 teaspoons minced garlic
- 1 tablespoon fresh cilantro
- 1 tablespoon creamy almond butter, salted but unsweetened
- 1-1/2 tablespoons lime juice
- ½ tablespoon Coconut Aminos
- ½ tablespoon apple cider vinegar
- ½ tablespoon fresh chopped ginger
- 1 tablespoon coconut milk
- 1 teaspoon honey
- ½ teaspoon sesame oil
- ¼ teaspoon chili sauce (optional)
- ¼ cup safflower oil
For the Salad
- 2 carrots
- ½ medium jicama, peeled
- 1 cup sugar snap peas, julliened
- 2 cups napa cabbage
- ½ cucumber, thinly sliced
- 1 cup mango, peeled and sliced
- 2 tablespoons sliced almonds
- 2 tablespoons chopped hazelnuts
- 1 cup boiled and cooled chicken breast meat, shredded (optional)
- ¼ cup salad dressing
- 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro
- Place all of the dressing ingredients, except for the oil, in your blender. Blend until combined.
- Remove the lid, and with the blender running on low, add the oil in a slow and steady stream. Reserve half for the salad, then bottle the rest and store in your refrigerator.
- Using the smallest grating blade on your food processor or cheese grater, shred the carrots and the jicama.
- Wash the cabbage, then cut it into thin strips using a sharp knife. Discard the bottom root portion.
- Divide the cabbage onto four plates, then top each plate with equal amounts of carrots, jicama, snap peas, cucumber, mango, chicken, and nuts.
- Drizzle each plate with 1 tablespoon of dressing, then top with fresh cilantro. Alternatively, pile it all into one bowl and serve from there!
As seen in Easy Eats Magazine