Blog Love: Thai Crunch Chicken Salad

by Heather on June 20, 2012

I don’t know why but I’ve always been a little bit terrified of making Asian food.  Something about the spices and the soy and the fact that I still can’t figure out how to cook rice to perfection in this darn altitude.  Can I just say that rice packaging companies should have high altitude instructions on the rice bag?



But one thing I CAN do lately is make a big fat salad and eat the heck out of it.


Now if you’ve been reading this blog for a while you’ll probably remember how not that long ago I was talking about how much I hate salads, can’t stand ‘em, want nothing to do with them.  And then I got pregnant and started craaaaaaaaaaving salads like nothing else.  Kind of opposite of all things you hear about pregnancy, but I couldn’t help it.  Big fat crunchy salads were the only things that sounded good!


These days it’s hot and there’s tons of fresh summer veggies and I honestly eat a large mixing bowl’s worth of lettuce, spinach, carrots, peppers and whatever leftover protein we have in the house from the night before.  And some sort of homemade dressing.  It’s delicious.  Plus I can eat a mixing bowl’s worth of food and still be hungry for dinner.  I like that.


As far as salads are concerned, this Thai Crunch Chicken Salad is by far the best one I’ve ever made and, if I may be so bold, the best salad I’ve ever eaten in my life.  Jessica‘s a kitchen genius anyway, but when she says the sauce is good enough to dip chocolate in, she’s right.  I’d bathe in the stuff if it was socially acceptable.


Or maybe even if it wasn’t.  The jury’s still out on that one…

Honestly you should make this and eat it for breakfast.  And lunch.  And dinner.


Oh, and make sure you double the recipe ’cause I’m coming over!

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{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Rachel Cooks June 20, 2012

Mmm, I saw this on Jessica’s site and was drooling over it. Definitely need to make it soon.


2 Blog is the New Black June 20, 2012

Love asian salads. Gorgeous photo!


3 shelly (cookies and cups) June 20, 2012

I saw this on Jessica’s site and pinned immediately. Glad to know that you tried it and loved it.


4 Anna @ On Anna's Plate June 20, 2012

That’s funny– I couldn’t force myself to eat a salad for the LIFE of me when I was pregnant! I had to have all my greens in smoothie form :-)

This looks amazing!


5 Liz @ Tip Top Shape June 20, 2012

This looks delicious!!!!


6 Janelle June 20, 2012

I made a version of this for dinner last night! Along with some of PW’s simple sesame noodles. Delish!


7 Kelli @ The Corner Kitchen June 20, 2012

YUM! I love salads, but this one looks especially amazing!


8 Cassie (bake your day) June 20, 2012

I adore these flavors!


9 stephanie June 20, 2012

please come to my house and make this for me… weekly ;) it looks amazing and my mouth totally started watering!!!


10 JenMarie June 20, 2012

Really love the heck outa a good salad.
Can’t wait to try this dressing!


11 Julia {The Roasted Root} June 20, 2012

I can totally relate to be hesitant to try making ethnic foods, but you seem to have it down pat! Your salad is so bright, beautiful and nutritious! This is the kind of meal I would love pretty much every night for dinner!


12 Jen@HealthyFoodandFamily June 20, 2012

Looks incredible!!!!


13 Jessica @ How Sweet June 21, 2012

Ahhh! Thank you for sharing – so glad you liked it my love! :)


14 Julia June 21, 2012

You crave salads with pregnancy? WOAH! Just go with it, liiiiive on salads then!
And this salad, I could live on it and in it.


15 Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen June 21, 2012

Nothing better than a bog bowl of crunchy goodness like this!


16 Aggie June 24, 2012

I like to eat mixing bowl sized salads too. :)

This looks so freaking good!


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