If you’ve been following this blog for long enough you know that I looooooove insects. They’re cool, they have strange feet, and they come in all sorts of different colours.

Thai Peanut Salad // Warm Vanilla Sugar

Next weekend the boy and I are hopping in our car and driving down with a bunch of friends to see the 17-year periodical cicadas in New York state. Have you heard of these cool little creatures?!

A few fast facts:
-they spend most of their 17-year lives underground.
-the older cicada nymphs emerge pretty much at the same time in HUGE numbers to mate, and then POOF! They die after only a few weeks.
-the males aggregate and make really freaking loud noises to attract mates….so awesome.

Thai Peanut Salad // Warm Vanilla Sugar

Anyway, I’m excited! I’m 25, so this is the first time in my life that I will be able to go see my billion or so new friends. And if I like them I can meet their billions of babies in another 17 years. Isn’t the world awesome!?

Thai Peanut Salad // Warm Vanilla Sugar

I made you a salad that has nothing at all to do with the 17-year periodical cicadas, but like the cicadas it makes me excited and SUPER happy. This salad is crazy healthy, filled with delicious fresh ingredients, and is really easy to make!

Just chop your romaine lettuce and green onions, and set out your salad bowls. Layer bowls with lettuce, mixed cabbage, bean sprouts, and green onions.

In a canning jar, add olive oil, soy sauce, white wine vinegar, peanut butter, honey, water, juice from ½ lime, Sriracha, and ground ginger. Shake vigorously to combine.

Thai Peanut Salad // Warm Vanilla Sugar

Drizzle salad with dressing and top with chopped peanuts.

Thai Peanut Salad // Warm Vanilla Sugar

Have a great weekend everyone!

Thai Peanut Salad

Serving Size: 2

Ingredients

  • ½ bunch romaine (I used red romaine), thinly sliced
  • ½ bag of mixed cabbage (I used a mix with red cabbage, regular cabbage, and shredded carrots)
  • Bean sprouts
  • 2 green onions, green parts only, thinly sliced
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 2 tbsp peanut butter
  • 1 tbsp honey (or agave nectar)
  • 1 tbsp water
  • Juice from ½ lime
  • ¼ tsp Sriracha
  • ½ tsp ground ginger
  • ½ cup salted peanuts, chopped

Instructions

  1. Chop your romaine lettuce and green onions.
  2. Set out two bowls and layer them in the following order from bottom to top: lettuce, mixed cabbage, bean sprouts, and green onions.
  3. In a canning jar, add olive oil, soy sauce, white wine vinegar, peanut butter, honey, water, juice from ½ lime, Sriracha, and ground ginger. Shake vigorously to combine. You can also just whisk this together in a bowl if you don't have a canning jar.
  4. Drizzle salad with dressing and top with chopped peanuts.

Notes

Adapted from A Couple Cooks

http://warmvanillasugar.com/2013/06/14/thai-peanut-salad/

Tagged with →  

14 Responses to Thai Peanut Salad

  1. Sues says:

    I love how happy you are about the cicadas! I feel like everyone who’s talked about them has done so in a negative way. They are pretty cool! And this salad looks way better than anything you get in a restaurant!

  2. Jaclyn says:

    Haha you are so cute, you love insects?! The majority of them freak me out, but I could never squash one of the poor little guys. I catch them and place them back outside. My husband thinks i’m nuts. Anyhow this salad looks awesome, I’m for sure going to try it out!

  3. This salad sounds pretty tasty. And I love how much you love bugs! I was playing with fireflies at a bonfire last night. Tiny little creatures are just so endearing for some reason.

  4. Mr. & Mrs. P says:

    What a great and light salad… Love everything about it

  5. Such a yummy, colorful summer salad – I love it!

  6. Brianne says:

    Hi Katrina! I recently started reading your blog–I found you through the book club!–and I’m so excited that you are a biology geek just like me! I hope I get to see/hear some cicadas this summer. The last time they were out a) I was 8 and b) my brother and I filled a big coffee can with their skins! Gross, but so cool. Your salad sounds delicious! Especially that dressing…yum!

  7. Joanne says:

    haha I love that you’re super excited about the cicadas. Quite frankly though, I’m pretty content just hearing about them and not actually experiencing any of them in person!

    I would love to experience this salad though. Thai=love.

  8. LOL! You are the first person I’ve heard say they’re excited about the cicadas! Love the salad, it looks delish 🙂

  9. While I really admire the cool things nature has to offer, my feelings on bugs and their feet are exactly the opposite of yours. I’ll take the salad. You can keep the cicadas 🙂

  10. Looks so fresh and flavorful and colorful! Can’t wait to try it 🙂

  11. cassie says:

    These are some of my favorite flavors, ever. Love the dressing!

  12. K @ Ototheno says:

    this salad looks ahhmaazing! so many of my favourite ingredients packed into a bowl, bookmarking this to make asap. i came across your blog from joy the baker’s and i’m an ottawa blogger too! i love your blog and recipes, you’ve got a new reader following 🙂

  13. […] Thai Peanut Salad Warm Cabbage and Noodle Salad by A Beautiful Mess White Cabbage, Garlic and Chilli Noodles by Roasted Ginger Date, Feta and Red Cabbage Salad by Smitten Kitchen Mushroom Stuffed Cabbage Rolls by Vanilla and Bean […]

  14. […] Thai Peanut Salad Asian Slaw with Ginger Peanut Dressing by Once Upon a Chef Warm Cabbage and Noodle Salad by A Beautiful Mess Mushroom Stuffed Cabbage Rolls by Vanilla and Bean Sweet and Smoky Baked Tofu Tacos with Coconut Citrus Slaw by Veggie and The Beast […]

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *