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Sunday, April 3, 2011

Our Best Bites Thai Chicken and Noodle Salad

Well, the Pioneer woman isn't the only one with recipes that will feed the masses. The recipe also made a ton, two bowls full in fact (only one pictured above, and that bowl has already been served from by 5 people...) So the recipe below is as in the cook book, but I recommend halving it for sure. This is a great option for a healthy lunch.

Thai Chicken and Noodle Salad

8 oz Linguine
6 c shredded greens (I recommend 2 c of each: green and red (purple) cabbage and spinach, cook book also suggests romaine lettuce)
1/2 red bell pepper, thinly sliced
1/2 yellow bell pepper, thinly sliced
1 carrot, julienned
1/2 cucumber, halved and sliced
1/4 red onion, thinly sliced
3 c diced chicken
1/2 c honey roasted peanuts
1 Thai Peanut Salad Dressing recipe, as follows

1/2 peanut butter, creamy
1lime, juiced and zested
2 1/2 t sesame oil
1 T rice wine vinegar
2 T soy sauce
3 T honey
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 T minced ginger
1/2 c chopped cilantro (stems and leaves)
1/4 t salt
2-3 t Sriracha chili sauce (I used 4 or 5 t, we like hot food)
1/2 c vegetable oil (I used canola)
2-4 T water (I just used 4)

Put all the dressing ingredients except the oil and water into a blender or food processor and mix for about 30 seconds. Slowly start to add the oil. Once all oil in blended in, add water.

Boil the pasta

Chop the veggies while the pasta cooks.

Drain the cooked pasta and rinse with cold water. Add a little bit of the dressing to the noodles and toss. (refrigerate until using if still chopping.)

To assemble, I didn't follow the cookbook (suggests noodles, then veggies, then chicken, then dressing.) I did multiple layers: greens, noodles, veggies, green, noodles, veggies and then tossed the salad a little. I put the dressing on the table so that we could add as much as we liked (plus that helps in storing the leftovers so they don't get too soggy, especially with the pasta in the bowl.)

We ate 2-3 plate fulls each. It is really yummy. And the dressing is delicious.


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