Thai Peanut Chopped Salad with Dried Mango

Sometimes, in the midst of peanut butter sandwiches and apples, I like to make myself a pretty lunch. ¬†And actually, making pretty salads doesn’t need to take long. ¬†This one actually just took a few minutes to make. ¬† Just keep flavors around that complement each other.

Maybe it’s because my pallet has changed so much since I have become a food blogger, but there are very few store bought salad dressings that I can stomach. ¬†I like to make my own. ¬†Once you get 3-4 dressings you like, it wont take long to just whip 1-2 servings at will.

a few of my favorite homemade salad dressings:

Dijon Mustard, Maple Syrup, Mayo

Balsamic vinegar, salt, pepper, olive oil and maple syrup

Apple cider vinegar, sugar, salt, pepper, canola oil

And this Thai Peanut Dressing.  I love this.  The secret to the flavor is lime juice.

I also really love Newman’s Own Citrus Splash and Newman’s Own Apple Cider Vinegarette – if you’re looking for something store bought.¬†

Another secret to making pretty lunch salads.   Include lots of colors and lots of crunch.  This salad has bell peppers, dried mango, carrots, crunchy rice noodles and chopped peanuts.

I have chicken on this salad, but this salad can be a complete meal without the chicken.

Thai Peanut Chopped Salad   

1 cup of chopped romaine lettuce

1/2 cup of chopped bell peppers

1/4 cup of dried mango- you can also use fresh mango

1 scallion- chopped

2-3 sprigs of cilantro

1 tablespoon of chopped peanuts

1 tablespoon of crunchy rice noodles

1/4 cup of chopped grilled chicken optional 

1/4 cup of Thai Peanut Salad dressing

Thai Peanut Salad Dressing 

1/2 cup of water

1/4 cup of chunky peanut butter

2 tablespoons of reduced sodium soy sauce

1 tablespoon lime juice

1/2 tablespoon of toasted sesame oil

1/4 cup of brown sugar

1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar

Method:  In a measuring cup heat up peanut butter, soy sauce, water and brown sugar.  You can just heat the mixture in the microwave for 30 seconds at a time until everything is mixed together.   Add the rest of the ingredients and chill in the fridge until you are ready to use it.

 

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