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Thai Crunch Salad with Sesame Ginger Vinaigrette

Thai Crunch Bulgar Salad

I always enjoy grains added to my salads, this is especially true in the colder months. Adding exotic and chewy grains create a heartier salad with a more satisfying texture. Today’s recipe is inspired by the fresh flavors of Thai cooking. Raw veggies like cucumber and purple cabbage meld deliciously with the nutty aroma of sesame oil and spicy tang of ginger.
Topped with peanuts and fresh cilantro, this Thai crunch salad is perfect for lunch or as a side dish for dinner. I enjoy this salad cold, but you could eat it hot and have it as a sort of Thai take on fried rice. You can even add a little grilled chicken, beef or salmon to make it a complete entree. Keep this dish in your recipes to start the new year, which is fast approaching, on a super healthy note.

Thai Crunch Salad with Sesame Ginger Vinaigrette

Yield: 6 servings

Serving Size: 1 cup

Thai Crunch Salad with Sesame Ginger Vinaigrette

Ingredients

  • 2 c bulgar, uncooked
  • 1 c purple cabbage, finely chopped
  • 1/2 c green onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 c shredded carrots
  • 2/3 c bean sprouts
  • 1 c cucumber, sliced and quartered
  • 1 handful cilantro, chopped
  • 1/3 c chopped peanuts, divided
  • 1/4 tsp chili flakes (optional)
  • Sea salt to taste
  • FOR DRESSING
  • 1/3 c sesame oil
  • 1/3 c rice wine vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp fresh grated ginger

Instructions

  1. Cook bulgar according to package. Refrigerate 2 hours. Fluff with a fork.
  2. Stir in chopped vegetables, half of peanuts and chili flakes.
  3. Mix together dressing ingredients. Pour over bulgar and stir well. Season with salt to taste.
  4. Top with cilantro and remaining chopped peanuts. Refrigerate until serving.
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Cucumber & Carrot Salad with Sesame Lime Dressing

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Today is very rainy and humid in our area. The sun is supposed to pop out later today just in time for dinner. We are planning to BBQ, so I made this asian inspired ‘Cucumber & Carrot Salad with Sesame Lime Dressing’ to go with our grilled chicken. It is very easy to put together and full of nutrient rich ingredients. The dressing has that rich nutty aroma and flavor from the toasted sesame oil and a nice acidity from the lime juice.

Cucumber & Carrot Salad with Sesame Lime Dressing

Cucumber & Carrot Salad with Sesame Lime Dressing

Ingredients

  • 3 carrots, julienned
  • 1 cucumber, peeled lengthwise with a vegetable peeler into ribbons
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds, toasted
  • 2 tbsp toasted sesame oil
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 1 handful of cilantro, chopped

Instructions

  1. combine carrots and cucumber in a medium bowl.
  2. whisk together lime juice and sesame oil. Pour over carrot and cucumber mixture.
  3. In a small pan, heat sesame seeds on low heat and heat until seeds turn light golden. remove from heat immediately.
  4. Garnish salad with sesame seeds and cilantro
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