Thai Chicken Salad

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Yesterday, I had the best lunch as inspired by “Ensalada Mista” which we enjoyed daily while on vacation in Italy. They always used three types of lettuce: butter (bibb), radicchio and arugula, which are really different and tasty. The butter lettuce is soft and subtle, the arugula is kind of peppery and the radicchio adds a nice crunch that reminds me of cabbage, although a little more bitter. This became my new favorite salad combination!

I made my salad with butter, radicchio and arugula, then added small sliced carrots, radishes, cucumbers and green onions (the last 3 came from my friend’s garden so they were very fresh).  Then I added some roasted chicken, a hard-boiled egg, homemade Garlic Parmesan Croutons and Thai Peanut Dressing. My Garlic Parmesan Crouton recipe is here and also includes a quick stove-top method, for those hot summer months. This lunch met all of my meal requirements: delicious, healthy and filling. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!


Thai Chicken Salad

  • Roasted chicken
  • Lettuce (any kind you prefer)
  • Tomatoes, chopped
  • Carrots, shredded or chopped
  • Green onions, chopped
  • Hardboiled egg
  • Croutons
  • Thai Peanut Dressing
  • Other optional ingredients: cilantro, tomatoes, radishes, cucumbers, bean sprouts

Just throw it all together and enjoy with the Thai Peanut dressing (recipe follows)!

Thai Peanut Dressing

  • 2 T peanut butter
  • 1 tsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1/2 T rice vinegar
  • 1 T lime juice
  • Squeeze of Agave Nectar
  • Salt & pepper to taste

Place all ingredients in a small bowl and whisk to combine. Pour over salad either cold or warmed in the microwave for 15 seconds.  Delicious!


Root Notes
–  I get 2 heads of butter lettuce at Costco for $3.29 . At the grocery store, it costs $2.99 for one small head and is not nearly as fresh and nice.
–  The radicchio is pretty expensive per pound, but the heads are small and end up only being $1-2 each.   And, they last awhile because you only need a little bit to mix in with your salad.
– You can also use store-bought croutons but check those ingredients and choose a brand with the most healthy ingredients!

4 comments

  1. Liz, it is my sister Shawna (only sister) who also follows your food blog. She absolutely loves it. She was sick of all her recipes, but did not have time or interest in finding new ones. Now that yours showed up at her fingertips, she is in heaven. She also loves how you cook very healthy and try to avoid additives. I love your recipes too, Liz. They are awesome. love Julie

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