Need a little summer in your life?
Craving those warm summer nights where you can sit around for hours outside without any hesitation?
Well have I got a meal for you. You might just have to close your eyes while eating this and imagine that it is summer, but rest assured, all the flavors in this bowl will have you thinking that it is.
This recipe is inspired by a great vegetarian/ vegan restaurant in Toronto called Fresh.
Thai Salad with Peanut Lime Dressing
For the dressing:
3 cloves garlic
3 Tbsp. tightly packed fresh cilantro
3 Tbsp. natural peanut butter
3 Tbsp. fresh lime juice
1 1/2 Tbsp. tamari
1 Tbsp. rice vinegar
1 Tbsp. grated ginger
1 tsp. honey
3/4 tsp. sesame oil
3/4 tsp. sambal oelek
1/4 cup sunflower oil
In a blender puree all the ingredients, slowly adding in the sunflower oil to emulsify. Reserve in the refrigerator until needed.
For the Salad:
1 cup thinly sliced cabbage (a mix of red and green is great)
3/4 cup shredded carrot
1/4 piece of red, yellow and orange thinly sliced
1 lime wedge
2 Tbsp. fresh cilantro chopped
Protein of choice (mine was tempeh)
Pile all vegetables together and drizzle on peanut lime dressing as desired. Garnish with cilantro, chopped peanuts and lime.