This is so good that I could eat it everyday. Actually last week, I did eat it everyday with my lunch. I’m not ashamed to admit it. It’s delicious, and it’s that good! This would make a great accompaniment to any Asian type of dish (i.e. me love you long time house special chicken!) or teriyaki chicken, katsu, chow mein…. you get my drift.
The star of this dish is the dressing. It is incredibly flavorful. It’s pretty much the perfect dressing. Remember how I mentioned in a previous post that dressing tastes better when it’s homemade? Example, RIGHT HERE!!!! This is so delectable and the possibilities for this dressing are endless. It would be great on grilled chicken, or as the dressing for a Chinese chicken salad, or you can just grab the bottle and squirt it straight in your mouth. Whatever floats your boat. And it’s so simple to make.
Peanut & Sesame Dressing (adapted from Jamie Cooks It Up)
- 3/4 c. mayo
- 1/3 c. apple cider vinegar
- 1/4 c. soy sauce
- 1/2 c. sugar
- 2 tbsp. minced garlic (or 2 garlic cloves)
- 1/2 c. dry roasted peanuts
- 1/2 tsp. sesame oil
- 1 tbsp. toasted sesame seeds
- pinch of red pepper flakes
Add all ingredients except the peanuts to a blender and blend on high. Then add the peanuts and blend until smooth. Makes approximately 2 cups.
*If you do not have peanuts, peanut butter would be a great alternative. Out of sesame oil and sesame seeds? Use tahini! I’m all about making adjustments and substitutions. Use what you’ve got. Who likes running to the grocery store for one or two items anyways?!?!
Like that bottle up there? Only $.98 at Walmart and they are absolutely perfect for dressings and sauces.
Now onto the cabbage salad. It’s super simple and very affordable. This is a perfect dish to serve to a crowd. I usually only do cabbage and carrots but this time added julienned red bell peppers.
- 1 head of green cabbage, shredded
- 1 large carrot, peeled and grated
- 1/2 red bell pepper, julienned
Great additions to this salad would also be sliced green onions and cilantro, which also adds great color. Wonton strips would also add additional crunch. Customize it to your tastes!
Now who likes a soggy salad? Not me! So I scoop out individual portions and then squirt the dressing over the top and mix on my plate/bowl. It’s a salad, not a coleslaw, so no dressing it beforehand.
Eat up, and I hope you love it as much as I do!