FOR THE SALAD:
2 medium heads of romaine lettuce, trimmed and chopped
2 cups cilantro, chopped
1 Tbsp vegetable oil
2 red bell peppers, chopped
1 1/2 cups baby carrots, sliced
1 cup edamame
5 Won Ton wrappers cut into strips, or store bought crispy won tons
1 Tbsp oil for the Won Tons
1/4 cup sliced almonds
FOR THE THAI VINAIGRETTE:
4 Tbsp toasted sesame oil
4 tsp rice wine vinegar
2 tsp soy sauce
1 tsp lime
4 Tbsp water
1 birds eye chilis (depending on the desired level of spicy), finely chopped
FOR THE PEANUT DRESSING:
1/4 cup peanut butter
2 Tbsp soy sauce
1 Tbsp water
2 tsp rice wine vinegar
1 tsp sesame oil
1/2 tsp garlic powder
2 Tbsp minced onion
2 Tbsp light coconut milk
2 tsp lime juice
1 birds eye chili
pinch of salt (no more than 1/8 tsp)
- Saute the carrots, red pepper, and edamame on medium-high heat in oil for 8-10 minutes or until they become softened and slightly charred, OR (more authentic) grill the vegetables until softened and slightly charred.
- Fry: Prepare the won-ton strips by sautéing in shallow oil
- Toast: Toast the almonds over medium heat almonds until barely browned and fragrant, about 5 minutes.
- Prep the dressing: Whisk together ingredients for the vinaigrette. Separately, blend the ingredients together for the peanut dressing.
- Toss: Toss lettuce, cilantro, and vegetables together with the vinaigrette dressing, top with almonds, and crunchy won ton strips.
- Drizzle: Drizzle the peanut dressing on top.
- See Recipe notes below for notes about adding chicken.
*We didn’t make chicken with this because we don’t eat chicken but we have had this with chicken plenty of times before becoming vegan. If you plan on having chicken, each salad gets about 4oz of chicken. You can use pre-cooked chicken or marinate and cook it yourself. I believe they use a citrus marinade (orange juice, vinegar, sugar, dried basil), and it seems baked. I hope that helps!
**I am not entering nutrition data for this salad because there are too many variables and some leftover peanut dressing (yum).
***If you can’t find birds eye chilis, you can use 1 tsp of finely minced habanero pepper, the flavor is almost the same.
- Category: Lunch
- Method: Assemble
- Cuisine: Thai American
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