Vietnamese Salad with Peanut Sauce. Don’t cha think that the name of this salad itself sounds delicious? I know I have said this even so often, but I am a huge huge fan of salads.I mean what is there not to love about salads? They are
- Easy to prepare
- Makes you feel good
- Eating enough fiber lowers the risk of developing heart disease later in life, and yes visits to the loo would be regular too.
- Makes you look good, especially if you are seated next to someone who is having fried rice or buffalo chicken wings.
I am sure there are a lot other reasons. But the reasons above is enough for now.
Anyhoo, this Vietnamese Salad with Peanut Sauce would PERFECT with grilled chicken breast. I really really wanted to eat this with slices of grilled chicken but I chickened out at the idea of defrosting, and preparing the chicken 30 minutes before breaking my fast, thus I had it with chicken balls instead. Yup i chickened out on the idea of having chicken.
Somehow, I need to encore this soon. I must have this salad with grilled chicken. Yes, it’s a must.
- 2 chicken breasts or 200 grams of chicken sausages/chicken balls
- ½ yellow capsicums, cut into thin strips
- ½ green capsicum, cut into thin strips
- 1 carrot, shredded
- green onions, finely chopped (about /4 cup)
- cilantro - chopped
- basil - chopped
- 1 onion - sliced
- 5 cherry tomatoes
- Corn *optional
- ¼ cup fresh lime juice
- 2 tsp fish sauce
- 2 tsp soy sauce
- 2 tsp olive oil
- 1 tsp sugar
- 1 tsp honey
- 2-4 teaspoons water
- ½ cup roasted peanuts
- 4 small cloves garlic, minced
- ½ lemongrass - bruised
- If using chicken sausage or chicken balls, just pan fry for 5 minutes and keep aside.
- If using chicken breast, season chicken breast with your favorite seasoning. You can just opt for salt, pepper and some rosemary. Grill or pan fry with 1 tbsp of oil till cooked. Keep aside.
- Combine the dressing ingredients in a blender or food processor. Sauce should still be slightly chunky. Taste and adjust to fit your preferences.
- On a plate, scattered the vegetables and top with a chicken breast. Top with a spoonfuls of peanut sauce and finish it off with a few extra chopped peanuts, cilantro and basil.