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.