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Chopped Salad with Crispy Wonton Strips and Asian Peanut Dressing

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Miles and I had this last night before we went rock climbing.

It rocked.

Good one, Mary.

But for realsies, this salad was a perfect balance of fresh veggies and herbs, crispy wonton strips and a creamy peanut dressing to tie to it together.

Asian flavors like sesame, ginger and soy sauce made the dressing super flavorful. I think you’ll find that once you make it, you’ll keep looking for things to put it on.


Chopped Salad with Crispy Wonton Strips and Asian Peanut Dressing

Ingredients:

Asian Peanut Dressing:

  • 1/3 cup natural smooth peanut buttter
  • 1 clove garlic, finely grated
  • 1 inch fresh ginger, peeled and finely grated
  • 1/8 tsp red chili pepper flakes
  • 2 Tbsp sesame oil
  • 2 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 Tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 1 tsp light brown sugar
  • 4 Tbsp hot water

Fried Wonton Strips:

  • 2 Eggroll sheets, cut into ribbons (see picture) *You can find these at any asian store and big grocery stores
  • coconut oil, (enough to coat bottom of small pan generously)
  • sprinkle of sea salt

Salad:

  • 2 chopped heads of Romaine
  • 1 english cucumber
  • 1 avocado
  • 1/4 cup toasted sesame seeds
  • 1 carrot peeled into ribbons
  • 1 bell pepper (you choose the color) finely diced
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped red onion
  • 1/2 chopped fresh cilantro
  • Fried Wonton strips

Directions:

  1. To make dressing, combine ingredients (except water) in small bowl and whisk together until smooth. Add water 1 Tbsp at a time until dressing is pourable and peanut butter is lightened in color. Refrigerate until ready to use.
  2. Assemble salad however you choose.
  3. To fry wonton strips, heat a small non-stick pan over medium high heat and add coconut oil.
  4. Drop in strips a few at a time so not to crowd pan. They brown really easily so turn them after about 15-20 seconds depending on how hot your oil is. Add more strips and continue until they’re all fried.
  5. Drain on a paper towel and sprinkle with salt immediately after they are removed from the oil.
  6. Add crispy strips to salad, top with dressing and enjoy!

 Asian Peanut Dressing

Crispy Wontons Chopped Salad wi Crispy Wontons and Asian Peanut Dressing

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Author: The SEA SALT

Cooking and surfing in Southern California

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