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Vietnamese Chicken and Cabbage Salad | www.tasteandtellblog.com

Aaahhh, summer. It feels like it’s hit in full force here now. (But knowing the Utah weather, I wouldn’t be surprised if I woke up to 40F weather tomorrow…) I admit that I’m all for eating soup and chili in the middle of the heat of summer, but summer really means lighter fare. Like a wonderful salad, with the chicken cooked on the grill. No heat in the house makes for a perfect summertime recipe! And it helps that this is incredibly delicious and full of flavor, too!

Vietnamese Chicken and Cabbage Salad
adapted from The Complete Chicken Cookbook

4 cooked chicken thighs
1 cup thinly sliced celery
2 carrots, cut into thin strips
1 cup finely shredded cabbage
1 small onion, sliced
1/4 cup fresh cilantro

DRESSING
1/4 cup sugar
1 tablespoon fish sauce
1 clove minced or grated garlic
2 tablespoons rice vinegar
2 tablespoons canola oil

TOPPING
2 tablespoons canola oil
1 1/2 teaspoons chopped garlic
1/3 cup roasted peanuts, finely chopped
1 tablespoon sugar

Cut the chicken into strips. Combine the chicken, celery, carrot, cabbage, onion and cilantro in a large bowl.

To make the dressing, put all the ingredients in a jar with a tight fitting lid and shake until completely combined. Pour the dressing over the chicken mixture and toss to combine.

To make the topping, heat the oil in a skillet over moderate heat. Add the garlic and cook, stirring, until pale golden. Stir in the peanuts and sugar. Cool slightly. Sprinkle the topping over the salad just before serving.

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9 Responses to Vietnamese Chicken & Cabbage Salad

  1. Rosa's Yummy Yums says:

    A wonderful salad! Very fresh and so summery.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

  2. Pam says:

    This sounds delicious with its great combo of ingredients and easy also. A must try! Thanks!

  3. Julie says:

    This sounds super! One of my favorite things at Pei Wei is vietnamese chicken salad rolls, and this looks sort of like it, just deconstructed :)

  4. Joanne says:

    I never think that the weather will affect my cravings, but it really does! This looks like an excellent salad!

  5. Cambriaaaa says:

    Salads in the summer! What could be better?!

  6. grace says:

    this salad packs a lot of crunch with the peanuts and cabbage, and the grilled chicken is a great touch. this is a winner of a salad, deborah!

  7. kat says:

    Love the idea of that topping

  8. Georgia says:

    I'm always looking for new and inventive salads, and this one is sure to please! Looks delicious!

  9. Barbara says:

    I agree, Deborah. No heat in the kitchen in the summer! I love your recipe; so much crunch paired with chicken. Yum.

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