Thai Crunch Salad with Peanut Dressing

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If you love the flavours of Thai cuisine, there will be nothing stopping you from making this Thai crunch salad with peanut dressing recipe in the near future. This vegetable salad recipe is a rainbow variety of veggies like carrots, red pepper, and cabbage, enveloped in a tangy lime-based dressing. This easy salad recipe is simple enough to prepare on a day-to-day basis, but also special enough to serve at a family barbecue or potluck. Serve it with whatever you would normally have coleslaw alongside, like grilled hamburgers, sausages, or chicken. You can even put this Asian coleslaw recipe on top of your favourite pulled pork sandwich recipe or pair with cold cuts and a sriracha mayo on top of French bread for an easy take on the Vietnamese sandwich, Banh mi.

If you are not confident with your knife skills or don’t enjoy a lot of chopping, several of the vegetables in this Asian salad recipe could be shredded on the thickest part of your box grater, or you could use your food processor with a cutting attachment to do the work for you. Just remember that the dressing will soak even more into finely chopped veggies than it will with larger pieces, and based on that, you can decide how large or small you enjoy your vegetables in this easy salad recipe. This slaw is one of the best salads because it can be made ahead and will taste even better the longer it sits. Many salad recipes that use soft lettuce leaves require dressing just before serving and can’t be saved for leftovers because the leaves become soggy. In the case of this simple salad, the vegetables are hardier than lettuce and can hold up to the wet dressing very well. This fact means that you can take this side dish recipe in your lunch the next day and feel sure that the dish will be just as enjoyable as the night before.

You can also feel good about enjoying the healthy benefits of aromatic ingredients like fresh ginger root and garlic. Ginger is an excellent food for keeping your immunity strong due to the high levels of vitamin C. Ginger is also high in iron, magnesium, and potassium, which means it is an excellent ingredient to include in stir fries of curries where you want some spice. Similar to ginger, fresh garlic is very high in vitamin C and vitamin B6, which will also keep you healthy when fighting off the flu.

The Thai peanut dressing recipe can do wonders for other dishes, and not just this salad. If you feel like the flavours of Asian cuisine, you could toss any lettuces and herbs like mint, cilantro, and basil together to create a tossed salad recipe, or you could use this dressing as a healthy sauce for a stir fry. It’s acid content, also makes this dressing recipe excellent for marinating meats like steak or chicken. Thank you to the author of ‘For the Love of Cooking’ recipe blog, Pam, for sharing her crunchy Thai crunch salad with peanut dressing recipe.**

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