Thai Chicken Salad with Peanut Dressing

TGIF! 😀 It’s (almost) 5 o’clock somewhere…keep your eye on the goal, folks! 😉

If you’re looking for something humorous to brighten your day, you should read the best blog post I’ve read all week. It’s hilarious! Shelby talks about running and butt chaffing. I know this is a “food/nutrition blog”, but I am a runner, too. And if you’re a runner, you get it. And if you’ve got a sense of humor, you’ll love it. Thanks for the good laugh, Shelby!

Our meeting with the biller went amazingly. There is no way in H-E-DOUBLE HOCKEY STICKS I would’ve ever figured out those 30+ pages of paperwork on my own. That is a huge weight off our shoulders. Of course before my meeting, I pounded out a HARD 60 minutes on the elliptical (still babying my plantar faciitis) and afterwards my blood sugar dropped (caught it at 69 mg/dl) :(. I have this issue after morning workouts and really hard workouts…so annoying. I made a beautiful sweet pea and prosciutto risotto and barely ate any thanks to my churning stomach. Does this happen to anyone else???

Anyways…with the weather warming up (::knocking on wood::) I have been craving lighter, greener meals. We’ve enjoyed plenty of comfort food throughout the fall and winter, it feels great…and tastes great…to lighten things up. I’m also getting in lots of vitamin A (thank you, baby carrots!)…willing my eyes to perfection (yes, I realize this is silly, but I’m all for placebo effects). I am still not seeing anywhere near 20/20 and while I know it takes time, I am impatient!

So without further adieu…a wonderful, light salad delight!

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Thai Chicken Salad with Peanut Dressing from Cooking Light, April 2011

6 cups torn romaine lettuce
2 cups shredded skinless, boneless chicken breast
2 cups fresh bean sprouts
1 cup shredded carrots
3/4 cup sliced celery
2/3 cup light coconut milk
1 Tbsp brown sugar
2 Tbsp creamy peanut butter
1 Tbsp fresh lime juice
2 Tbsp lower-sodium soy sauce
1/8 tsp ground red pepper
2 Tbsp coarsely chopped unsalted, dry-roasted peanuts
4 lime wedges

Directions:

Combine first 5 ingredients in a large bowl. Combine coconut milk and next 5 ingredients (through red pepper) in a small saucepan; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer for 5 minutes or until mixture thickens slightly, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat, and cool for 2 minutes. Pour warm coconut milk mixture over lettuce mixture. Sprinkle with peanuts; serve with lime wedges, if desired. Serve immediately. Yield: 4 servings.

Nutrition Information (per serving): 262 calories; 11.2 g. fat; 63 mg. cholesterol; 599 mg. sodium; 17.1 g. carbohydrate; 4.4 g. fiber; 27.5 g. protein

Result: This was flavorful, light, and refreshing. The dressing was a bit thin, and there’s more than plenty of it, so I think next time I would use a few less tablespoons of coconut milk to bring out more of the peanut butter flavor. I love that this meal comes together really quickly, in 20 minutes tops. Enjoy!

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To keep things random…did anyone else watch American Idol this week? I seriously loved EVERY performance. It was hard seeing someone go. I really like this season’s contestants…they are all so talented!

I am starting at a new dialysis clinic today…I’m anxious to meet all of the staff and patients. I feel like it’s my first day of school 🙂

A quick Happy 88th Birthday to my Grannie!! She’s just the best…and my only living grandparent. She lived a healthy, fit adulthood and is still in excellent physical health. She’s living proof that eating right & exercise can add years of good health to your life!

Anddddd this has officially been the most random post in a long, long time! Have a great weekend, everyone!

Question: What’s your favorite salad dressing?

TGIF!!!

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23 Comments

  1. April 8, 2011 / 6:04 am

    It’s 6pm here ;). Don’t worry, your day will fly by! Happy weekend.

    • Nicole
      Author
      April 8, 2011 / 10:39 am

      Enjoy your weekend! Stay on that husband of mine about our trip! 🙂

  2. April 8, 2011 / 8:21 am

    My favorite salad dressing is the balsamic vinaigrette from garlic gold. SO GOOD.

  3. Cheryl Fregin
    April 8, 2011 / 8:32 am

    My favorite salad dressing is the one you taught in a cooking class…..Megan’s salad dressing……tastes just like ceasar salad!

    • Nicole
      Author
      April 8, 2011 / 10:38 am

      Cheryl! I miss you! There’s a new RD at BV if you’re interested 🙂 And I’m so glad you 1) attending my cooking class and 2) loved that dressing so much. I remember from your food journals how much you loved it! I hope you and the boys are all doing well 🙂

  4. April 8, 2011 / 8:47 am

    Peanut dressing/sauce is seriously one of my favorite things. I honestly would just eat it with a spoon if I weren’t concerned about clogged arteries…

    • Nicole
      Author
      April 8, 2011 / 10:42 am

      Me toooo….yum!

  5. Liz
    April 8, 2011 / 8:54 am

    My favorite is probably a good balsamic vinaigrette, though I like blue cheese every once in a while.

    This salad is the perfect way for me to use up the rest of the bean sprouts in my refrigerator. Mmm!

  6. April 8, 2011 / 9:46 am

    MMM this salad looks so good! Definitely going on my “to make” list!

    Good luck meeting the new staff and patients! I was in your boat on Monday – starting a new job 🙂 TGIF!

  7. April 8, 2011 / 10:44 am

    I somehow missed this salad in this month’s issue of CL – but now I will have to try it!

    I also struggle with low blood sugars in the morning and after a long workout – I find that I MUST eat plenty of protein prior to working out, and on the longer ones, the gummies re helpful to keep me from crashing prior to getting some real fuel.

    • Nicole
      Author
      April 8, 2011 / 11:10 am

      I’m glad I’m not the only one! I will try more protein…maybe peanut butter before a morning workout would be a wise idea. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by & your comment! Have a great weekend!

  8. April 8, 2011 / 12:05 pm

    This salad looks so refreshing and YUM..would love to try this recipe sometime soon..thanks for sharing! Enjoy your weekend!

  9. April 8, 2011 / 1:07 pm

    I need to renew my cooking light – stat! that looks delicious Nicole!

    Annie’s light goddess dressing is my new favorite – so good. Have a great weekend!

  10. April 8, 2011 / 2:27 pm

    Mmm this salad looks so refreshing !I’ll have to go back and chekc out that one post! Sounds hilarious and I need something to cheer me up on this DRAGGING Friday afternoon!! Happy weekend!

  11. April 8, 2011 / 4:36 pm

    That sounds like the best dressing! Right now i’m eating some honey mustard which is delicious! Its not your typical bottle dressing though. Honey + dijon + whole grain mustard. Oh my so good!

    Hope you have a good first day. Everyone will love ya there!

  12. April 8, 2011 / 6:00 pm

    BIG Happy Birthday to your Grannie!!! 88!! Yay her!! This salad looks sooo good. When warmer weather rolls around and we have main dish salads more, I’m going to try it! My favorite dressing? I have a curried/mango chutney dressing that I found in a cookbook a long time ago, and it is SOOO good. In the warmer months, I make it alot. Have a great weekend Nicole!!

  13. April 8, 2011 / 11:05 pm

    Yum, I love all the flavors and textures of this salad! So pretty and springy, too!

  14. April 9, 2011 / 7:33 am

    Oh I LOVE random posts!! Nothing beats them.

    Congrats on the final bill signing, that’s HUGE and wonderful.

    Your salad looks fresh and delicious, thanks for the recipe.

    And yes, I get like that too when I’m excited/nervous for something…loss of appetite! But then there are times when I am sad and lonley and my appetite goes through the roof! UGh.

  15. Maggie @ Kitchie Coo
    April 14, 2013 / 9:05 pm

    Came across your blog from Pinterest and I am loving it! I made this salad tonight for dinner and it was a knock out! Thanks for an awesome recipe! Look forward to reading more. 🙂

    • Nicole, RD
      Author
      April 14, 2013 / 10:04 pm

      I’m glad you enjoyed it, Maggie! I hope you find some other recipes to try (and enjoy!) too 🙂

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