Thai One On Salad


I remember watching Oprah during one of the episodes she was debriefing with her audience about the recent diet she was on. Those who watched her faithfully know that Oprah being on a diet is about as frequent as Sarah Palin having a stream of consciousness rant/verbal diarrhea, which by the way, is frequent and AWESOME! I digress. Anyway, Oprah said once after a brief stint with a low carb diet that she was ready to slap someone for an apple. I bring all this up because I have restarted the one and only diet that has ever worked for me and has resulted in a 60-pound weight loss about 10 years ago, 45 of which I’ve managed to keep off.  I am officially ready to slap someone for a bag of Fritos.  Fortunately, recipes like this help make this more bearable.



1 bag Trader Joe’s shredded lettuce
12 oz 1 bag trader Joe’s julienned brocolli slaw
12 oz 2 lbs shredded carrots
1 red bell pepper, julienned
3 oz Trader Joe’s Thai chili lime cashews, chopped

Ginger Soy Dressing

4 cloves garlic, finely minced
2 T grated cinger
4 tablespoons Rice Wine Vinegar
4 tablespoons Soy Sauce
1/4 cup toasted sesame oil
1/4 cup canola oil
2 tablespoons honey or agave
1/2 teaspoon black pepper

To make the vinaigrette, place all ingredients in a jar, close tightly and shake vigorously to combine and emulsify.

Basil Chicken

2 tablespoons oil
4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1/2 onion, finely chopped
2 oz grated ginger
10 oz ground chicken
1 1/4 tablespoons fish sauce
1 teaspoon sugar to taste
1 tablespoon kecap manis or sweet soy sauce
1 big bunch Thai basil leaves
pepper to taste

Add oil into heated saute pan, followed by garlic, onions and ginger until onion is translucent, about 10 minutes.  Mix in remaining ingredients and cook chicken until crumbly and all seasonings are well incorporated.  Ground chicken when raw has a soft, paste like consistency and looks like wet, overcooked white rice.  Stir it constantly to break it up into crumbly bits.

To assemble the salad:

Toss salad ingredients with vinaigrette and cooked chicken.



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