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Thai Peanut Chicken Salad

Ever since I made my soba noodles with peanut sauce a couple of weeks ago, I just can’t seem to get the craving for peanutty-asian meals out of my mind. And since I am now on a healthy-food binge (is it really a binge if it’s healthy?), I decided to make one of my favorite healthy, veggie-laden salads that also happens to include lots of protein-packed chicken: the Spicy Thai Peanut Chicken Salad.

My kids and I love this salad so much because it is uber-delicious, super filling, and also makes you feel healthy and energetic. While it requires a little “chopping time,” this salad is easy to make and doesn’t take too long to prepare. I almost always take the rotisserie chicken shortcut with this salad because it just works so well and cuts down on prep time. Rev up that food processor, toss this yummy dressing into the veggies, and you’re ready to go! 

Ingredients:

Salad: 

4 c. green cabbage, shredded

2 c. shredded chicken (rotisserie chicken works great)

1 c. carrots, grated

½ c. snow peas, sliced

1 c. cilantro, chopped

½ c. red bell pepper, chopped

5 green onions, sliced

1 jalapeno, finely chopped

½ c. peanuts

Dressing: 

½ c. smooth peanut butter

2 Tbsp. toasted sesame oil

3 Tbsp. soy sauce or tamari

3 Tbsp. rice vinegar

2 Tbsp. agave

2 cloves of garlic

1 inch cube of ginger

2 Tbsp. sambal oelek or sriracha

Juice from one lime

2 Tbsp. water

Combine all ingredients for the dressing in a food processor and process until smooth. Set aside. 

To assemble the salad, add all salad ingredients to a large bowl. Drizzle with the dressing and toss until combined. Enjoy! 

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