This versatile salad 🥗 can be a meal, a side and pretty much anything in between. The recipe calls for veggies in every color of the 🌈 + peanuts, rice noodles, and fresh herbs, but the great thing about it is that you can really put in whatever you want. If you love broccoli or snow peas, go ahead and add some. Not a fan of peppers, leave ‘em out. Whatever you do, just be sure to make plenty of the peanut dressing -because even cardboard could taste good with that on it 😉.
- 2 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
- 1 ½ tablespoons sesame oil
- 2 teaspoons pure maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon grated ginger
- 1 tablespoon unsalted, smooth, natural peanut butter
Note: This quantity is enough dressing for this salad, but I almost always double it since it’s delicious on everything!
- Lettuce (120 grams/4-5 oz), any variety
- 3.5 oz (100 grams) purple cabbage, thinly sliced*
- 1 medium carrot, julienned*
- 1 red pepper, thinly sliced*
- ½ cucumber, cut in ½ lengthwise, seeds removed and cut into ½ rounds*
- ½ cup (3 oz/85 grams) frozen, shelled edamame, defrosted
- 3 oz (85 grams) rice vermicelli noodles
- 1 avocado, diced*
- ⅓ cup roasted, salted peanuts -or cashews or almonds, thrown in whole or chopped
- A few handfuls of fresh coriander/cilantro and/or mint, roughly chopped
- Optional: If you want some extra protein, you can add shredded poached or rotisserie chicken, shrimp, tofu, or beef.
*This is how I chose to cut the veggies, but you can chop them in any way you’d like.
Combine soy sauce, rice vinegar, sesame oil, maple syrup, ginger and peanut butter in a container with a tight fitting lid. Place the lid on tightly, and shake vigorously until ingredients are well combined.
Method with optimal dressing distribution: Place the lettuce, chopped veggies, edamame and nuts in a bowl, add peanut dressing and toss. Add rice noodles and avocado, drizzle on a bit more dressing and lightly toss.
Method with optimal visual appeal: Place the lettuce in a large bowl and toss with some of the dressing. Add all other toppings in little bunches/clumps on top of the lettuce and drizzle with a bit more dressing.