The idea for my recipe came about on a whim. I was actually on a trip to DC and met up with my good friend and former coworker, Sarah. At lunch, I had a Thai chicken salad with this lovely peanut dressing. When I came back home, I found a container of freshly ground peanut butter. Immediately, I was inspired to recreate that salad – but to replace the chicken with some of my homemade Canadian bacon. The salad was an amazing combination of flavors and textures – the crunch cabbage and peanuts, the creamy dressing, the succulent pork, and freshness from the herbal mint and chives. It was a great dinner. —VivekS
The peanut dressing
rice wine vinegar
sriracha hot sauce
freshly grated ginger
freshly ground peanut butter
freshly chopped chives
head of romaine lettuce, thinly sliced
head of red cabbage, thinly sliced
red onion, thinly sliced
chopped fresh herbs (cilantro, mint, basil)
homemade Canadian bacon (brined, smoked pork loin)
Combine the vinegar, hot sauce, soy sauce, lime juice, ginger, peanut butter, and honey in a bowl and whisk to combine. Slowly stream in the olive oil and whisk until emulsified. Season with salt and pepper. Stir in the chives.
Combine all of the ingredients in a bowl. Toss with enough dressing to just barely coat everything. Serve on a plate with some more of the peanut dressing.