Monday, January 26, 2009

Sensational Salad

We had a dinner party this weekend and we served Pad Thai. I knew I had to have a few other menu items, but I wanted to stick to the Thai theme. This salad was a perfect start to the meal. It was also the most convenient additional menu item because it was easy to prepare and could be prepared ahead of time. I made it early in the day and didn't think about it again until it was time to serve. This fresh, light salad was a big hit. Everyone enjoyed the four S's of this salad's dressing - it was sour, spicy, salty and sweet - AMAZING!

Thai Bell Pepper, Cucumber and Peanut Salad
Modified from Southern Living


8 servings (serving size: 3/4 cup)

  • Dressing:
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon Thai fish sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper

  • Salad:
  • 2 cups sliced peeled seedless cucumber
  • 2 cups red bell pepper strips
  • 3/4 cup julienne-cut carrot
  • 1/4 cup vertically sliced red onion
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped peanuts

To prepare the dressing, combine the first 4 ingredients in a small bowl, and stir with a whisk.

To prepare the salad, combine the cucumber, bell pepper, carrot, onion, and mint.

Drizzle the dressing over cucumber mixture, tossing gently to coat.

Sprinkle salad with peanuts.


Joelen said...

Looks so refreshing and a great salad to pair with pad thai!

Anonymous said...

I don't like cucumber but Robbie loves it. You will have to make this salad for him next time you visit. Oh and by the way in answer to your quiz question ... Scout and Grannie said they like their chicken fried ...

Your Sister,


Gabriela said...

Yeah baby - my kinda salad! Looks mouthwatering and soooo refreshing!

Dragon said...

This salad makes me wish it was spring again. So lovely.

bensbaby116 said...

Great idea! It's always nice to find something that's not the typical boring old salad.

Alice said...

I would have to disagree with Homer Simpson on this one... you could certainly win a friend with this salad!

Annie said...

This salad looks divine! Can't wait to try it! Thanks!