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Crunchy Asian Salad

Crunchy Asian Salad

I saw this recipe for a crunchy Asian salad on Michael Smith's Chef at Home on the food Network the other night. The salad sounded pretty interesting. The base of the salad was crunchy snow peas, bean sprouts and carrots rather than the more standard lettuce. The dressing sounded really tasty being made with peanut butter and chili sauce. I decided to add some mint to the salad and changed the dressing proportions a bit. The salad was really good. It was refreshingly, crunchy, creamy and spicy all at the same time. With the peanuts hidden in the salad I had to chew each bite fully to find them meaning that I got to enjoy the flavour a bit longer. The dressing was a nice balance of sweetness, saltiness, sourness and heat. I really like using peanut butter in spicy and savoury dishes like this.

Ingredients:
1 cup snow peas (sliced thinly)
1 cup bean sprouts
1 carrot (peeled and sliced thinly)
1 red pepper (seeded and sliced thinly)
1 handful cilantro (chopped)
1 tablespoon mint (chopped)
2 green onions (sliced)
1 handful shredded coconut
1 handful peanuts
1 tablespoon peanut butter
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 teaspoon sesame oil
1 teaspoon chili sauce
1 lime (juice and zest)

Directions:
1. Mix the snow peas, bean sprouts, carrot, red pepper, cilantro, mint, green onions, shredded coconut and peanuts in a large bowl.
2. Mix the peanut butter, soy sauce, brown sugar, sesame oil, chili paste and lime juice and zest in a small bowl.
3. Pour the dressing on the salad and toss.

Similar Recipes:
Thai Chicken Pizza with Spicy Peanut Sauce
Green Beans in Spicy Peanut Sauce
Green Mango Salad

12 comments:

Kalyn said...

Totally fabulous. I share your love of those peanut butter dressings and sauces.

Helene said...

I really like Micheal Smith. Thanks for blogging this recipe. This look so good.

Ferdzy said...

Looks lovely, Kevin. I do like a sprout salad once in a while. The peanut butter is a very interesting twist.

MrsPresley said...

mmmm... i love peanut sauces!!! i have to wait until i am cooking for one to make this, as my husband does not care for peanut sauces :(

Peter M said...

What a wonderful salad & great for winter too! Michael Smith's latest season is very good.

katiez said...

I'd have to leave out the snowpeas in winter but it looks like a gorgeous winter salad... And I love the peanut dressings, too. Any excuse to eat peanut butter!

Proud Italian Cook said...

I like this alot!!

Deborah Dowd said...

This sounds like a really wonderful and different salad- perfect for the salad doldrums of winter. Can't wait to give it a try!

Deborah said...

This sounds delicious - I love Asian flavors together in a salad.

Anonymous said...

I love this site. Thank you for doing this!

Anonymous said...

I tried this and its really yummy, except I didn't put chili as my hubby doesn't love chili...turn out really good, I'll definitely make this salad again c",)!

Gridoune said...

Just discovered your blog and got tons of ideas from it. I made this salad tonight with some chicken satay and it was delicious, full of flavors and light. Thanks for sharing this and all the other recipes !

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