It’s June, which means, HELLO! It’s time to go for a swim in this Chopped Thai Chicken Salad.
The flavors in this thing just rocked my face off. Lime, peanuts, cilantro, carrots, green onions, vinegar, green papaya or mango, soy sauce, chili pepper, garlic, oiyyyy! It’s a summer flavor party: the perfect combination of tangy and creamy and super-fresh-crunchy.
I wanted this to be a “chopped” salad because extremely textured foods are WHERE IT’S AT.
- Chopped cabbage
- Grated carrots
- A bitey green papaya, or mango, or you can’t find either, so just skip!
- Shredded chicken
- Chopped peanuts, or you’re allergic, so cashews!
- Lime squeezies
- Cilantro and green onion
- Cute little red serrano peppers
- And the very best peanut dressing your lips have ever touched.
Thai Chicken Salad Meets Green Papaya
I first made this recipe when we were living in the Philippines, so I used a green papaya because I HAD ACCESS TO THESE THINGS. The that tangy, spicy, acidic punch of this incredible fruit is just mesmerizing.
If you don’t live in the tropics, make a 60-second effort to locate a green (under-ripe) mango, which is a great substitution. And if you’re coming up empty-handed, just go with a ripe mango (yum) or another crunchy vegetable that you like. Raw cucumber, raw zucchini, bell pepper, or more cabbage or carrots.
Whichever choose-your-own-adventure path you take, I really don’t think you’re going to be sad about this punchy, crunchy, super-fresh salad.
BRB gotta go take a salad dip.
This simple chopped Thai chicken salad has BIG flavors – peanut, lime, soy, chili, cilantro. Topped with a homemade peanut dressing! Healthy and fresh.
Thai Chicken Salad
- 3–4 cups cooked shredded chicken
- 1 head of green cabbage (3–4 cups shredded)
- 1–2 large carrots (2 cups grated)
- 1 green papaya or mango (1–2 cups grated) (optional)
- 1 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
- 1/2 cup peanuts, chopped
- 1/2 cup green onions, sliced
- 3–4 red serrano peppers, sliced
- salt and lime juice to taste
- 1/2 cup peanut butter
- 1/3 cup low sodium soy sauce
- 1/3 cup sesame oil (toasted or dark)
- 1/4 cup rice vinegar
- 2 tablespoons chili paste (sriracha works, too)
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- a small knob of fresh ginger, peeled
- a clove of fresh garlic, peeled
- 1/4 cup water to thin to desired consistency
- Chop: Put on some good music, pour a drink, and start choppin’!
- Dressing: Pulse all ingredients in the food processor or blender. Adjust consistency with water.
- Thai Chicken Salad Assembly: Toss the salad ingredients with the dressing. Season with salt and lime juice, and maybe a shot of fish sauce if you’re feeling wild. Serve chilled.
Chicken: Pulled rotisserie chicken works great. You can also cook chicken breasts in the Instant Pot (12 minutes, with about a cup of water) and then shred them. Cabbage: You want the cabbage to be very thin, like it would be for coleslaw. I did this with a mandoline. Leftovers / Make Ahead: Leftovers can be stored in the fridge for up to one day. For best results, keep the leftover salad and dressing separate until ready to serve.
- Category: Salad
- Method: Chop
- Cuisine: Thai-Inspired