This easy Thai-style salad is such a refreshing addition to your lunch repertoire as a side dish. It is easy to prepare and packs a big punch with flavour.
Add some shredded roasted chicken or sliced smoked chicken for a meaty variation that’ll stand on its own as a delightful lighter meal. Toss the salad with the peanut dressing just before serving.
Ingredients: (serves 4-6 as a side dish)
3-4 cups red cabbage, finely shredded
2-3 cups gem lettuce, finely shredded
1 yellow or red pepper, finely sliced
1 large carrot, finely julienne or shredded
A handful fresh mint, finely sliced
A handful fresh coriander, finely sliced
1/2 cup roasted salted peanuts
For the dressing:
1/3 cup (80 ml) smooth plain peanut butter
30-45 ml (2-3 tablespoons) fresh lime or lemon juice
30 ml (2 tablespoons) honey
15 ml (1 tablespoon) soy sauce
30 ml (2 tablespoons) water at room temperature
1 knob of fresh ginger, finely grated (about 2-3 teaspoons)
1 small garlic clove, finely grated
Salt and pepper to taste
Toss all the ingredients together (cabbage, lettuce, red pepper, carrot, mint, coriander, peanuts) in a large mixing bowl.
Mix all the dressing ingredients together in a small mixing bowl using a hand whisk or stick blender (it takes some elbow grease by hand) to a smooth sauce. Pour half the dressing over the salad just before serving, and toss to coat.
Serve the remainder of the dressing on the side.
About the wine — Signature Sauvignon Blanc:
Intense aromas of gooseberries, passion fruit, green fig with some green bell pepper under tone on the nose. The palate is fresh and mouth-watering with a well-balanced acidity.
Also pairs well with seafood, pasta and sushi or on its own.