Showing posts with label dressing. Show all posts
Showing posts with label dressing. Show all posts

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Thai Chicken Salad with Peanut Dressing

 I eat a salad for lunch almost every single day.  I love filling a bowl full of bright greens and other colorful veggies for a healthy midday meal.  But if you're going to have a salad every single day, you've got to be careful to keep it interesting, otherwise you'll get so bored that you'll end up coveting your sons mac and cheese and pigs in a blanket (not that I have ANY idea what that's like.)
This is a salad that I'm already looking forward to making again.  I love peanut sauce, so to have an entire salad coated in it's velvety, sweet flavor is just heaven.  There is a lot you can add to this salad to keep it fun, hot cooked rice noodles, crispy wonton strips, chopped sweet peppers, or you could sub shrimp or pork instead of chicken. 

Thai Chicken Salad with Peanut Dressing
From The New Way to Cook Light


6 cups torn romaine lettuce
2 cups shredded skinless, boneless cooked chicken breast (go rotisserie!)
2 cups fresh bean sprouts
1 cup shredded carrot
3/4 cup sliced celery
2/3 cups light coconut milk
1 tablespoon brown sugar
2 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
2 tablespoons lower sodium soy sauce
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
1/8 tablespoon ground red pepper
2 tablespoons coarsely chopped unsalted, dry-roasted peanuts
4 lime wedges, optional


Combine first five 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 5 minutes, or until mixture thickens slightly, stirring occasionally.  Remove from heat, and cool 2 minutes.  Pour warm coconut milk mixture over lettuce mixture.  Sprinkle with peanuts, and serve with lime wedges, if desired.  Serve immediately.

Serves 4

Per Serving: 262 cal, 11g fat, 27g prot, 17g carbs, 4g fiber

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Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Roasted Butternut Squash Salad with Blue Cheese Vinaigrette

It's gorgeous today! The sun is shining, the wind is minimal and I didn't even need a jacket when I went outside. I can't wait for my daughter to get home because as soon as she does, we're packing up and spending the rest of the day at the park. I love days like today!

And on a beautiful spring day, you need a beautiful green salad. I found this salad on Natalie's blog, The Sweets Life. This girl knows her stuff, especially when it comes to beautiful healthy food. As soon as I saw this salad, I knew I had to have it. In my mind, it's perfect for spring because it's got the summery crispness of the leafy lettuce or spinach, but also the winter nostalgia of creamy butternut squash and dried cranberries. Combine that with crispy bacon and an incredible homemade blue cheese vinaigrette, and you have yourself springtime on a plate! Thanks Natalie, I will be enjoying this salad a lot! Check out the recipe here.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Homemade Balsamic Vinaigrette

Check that baby out! My sweet husband got if for me for Christmas after I told him to after a few weeks of flirtatious hinting and winking. Anyway, it's a fun dressing mixer, specifically for vinaigrettes, squeezing the handle on the side emulsifies the oil and vinegar. It even has recipes on the side with the measurements included, making it so easy to throw a delicious dressing together. Is is essential to make your own vinaigrettes? no. Does it provide hours of super fun entertainment, especially during these cold winter days? you know it!

The first time I used my fun new contraption, I made was balsamic vinaigrette. I've had plenty of balsamic vinaigrettes in my day, and while I like them, I've never LURVED them or anything. Well, I do now!

I don't know what it was about this dressing, maybe it was the fresh ingredients, or the fact that I got to sit and mix it myself while giggling like a nerd, but it was so delicious. Tangy, fruity, sharp. Once again, I looked forward to eating my salad because of this vinaigrette. I'm telling you, homemade is the way to go!

Homemade Balsamic Vinaigrette


1/2 olive oil (I actually probably did about 1/3 cup to lighten it up a bit)
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
2 crushed cloves garlic
salt and pepper to taste


Combine all ingredients and mix until well combined. Toss in salad. My favorite salad for this dressing has diced apples, cranberries, toasted almonds and diced sharp cheddar cheese. Totally delicious.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Homemade Blue Cheese Dressing

I'm a bit of a salad dressing hoarder. It drives my husband crazy. At one time I've been known to have up to ten dressings in our fridge. The problem is, I always want a light dressing, but it's usually rare that I actually like it enough to eat it again and again. So I finally decided to make my own.

Enter angels, or a great white light, or whatever it is that signifies a life changing moment.

Seriously, after all these years, I've finally found a light dressing that makes me excited to eat a salad again, and they're so easy! I only have to look as far as what's already in my fridge or pantry, and it's not as full of all the chemicals and preservatives that might be in regular dressing.

I made this after having a nice hunk of Stilton left in my fridge from Christmas. The great thing about having such a strong flavored cheese is that a little goes a long way, and did it ever. This dressing had the wonderful pungency of blue cheese, as well as the nice tang you get in a dressing. It was chunky, it was creamy, and you would never guess that you were eating something light. Give it a try, you might never buy it out of a bottle again!

Blue Cheese Dressing

America's Test Kitchen Healthy Family Cookbook


1/4 cup crumbled strongly flavored blue cheese, such as Roquefort or Stilton
1/4 cup buttermilk
1/4 cup light mayonnaise
1/4 cup lowfat sour cream
2 tablespoons water
2 teaspoons white wine vinegar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon pepper


Mash the blue cheese and buttermilk together with a fork in a bowl until the mixture resembles cottage cheese with small curds. Stir in the remaining ingredients until well combined.

Per 2 Tablespoons: 45cal, 3g fat, 1g carb, 1g prot, 0g fiber
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