This salad is crunchy, refreshing, and bursting with flavor, courtesy of two dressings and a heap of flavorful ingredients. Even my husband, who generally casts a wary eye at all things "vegetable", proclaimed this the best salad and was willing to eat it a second time as leftovers (this *never* happens).
The dressings were adapted, mildly, from Smitten Kitchen's Cold Rice Noodles with Peanut Lime Chicken. Deb adapted them from David Tanis, via the New York Times. The rest of the salad is an original creation. —tasty seasons
freshly squeezed lime juice
reduced sodium soy sauce
fresh ginger, peeled and sliced
unsalted natural peanut butter
toasted sesame oil
garlic clove, peeled and minced
serrano chili, seeds and rib removed, then quartered lengthwise and cut into thin strips crosswise
rotisserie chicken, meat removed and shredded
scallions, thinly sliced (white and green parts)
red onion, cut into small dice
peanuts, roughly chopped
In This Recipe
Make the peanut sauce: Combine 1 T fish sauce, 1 T rice vinegar, 3 T lime juice, 1 T soy sauce, ginger, peanut butter, and sesame oil in a blender. Blend until smooth (make sure the ginger is thoroughly blended).
Make the savory sauce: Combine 2 T fish sauce, brown sugar, 4 T lime juice, garlic, and chili in a jar with a tight fitting lid. Shake to combine, ensuring all of the sugar dissolves.
Trim the ends off the radishes then put them through the food processor, fitted with the slicing blade. Next, trim the ends off the brussels sprouts and do the same. After the brussels sprouts are sliced, wash and dry them (that’s why it’s easier to slice the radishes first, since you can easily wash them before slicing and the food processor bowl isn’t full of brussels sprouts grit yet).
Combine all of the salad ingredients in a (very) large bowl and toss to combine. If you’re not going to serve all of the salad immediately, remove and refrigerate the portion that you don’t want to eat now. Toss the salad you do want to eat with about 1 tablespoon of the savory dressing per serving. Divide among plates. Drizzle 1 tablespoon of peanut sauce over each individual serving and garnish with cilantro and peanuts. Serve chilled.