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Crunchy Thai Chicken Salad with Peanut Dressing

This Thai chicken salad with peanut dressing is mouth wateringly good. I mean, I am dreaming about the left overs right now (of which there are none- because we ate it all). Shaved Brussels sprouts, chopped kale, and shredded cabbage make up this crunchy salad. Add some grilled chicken thighs and the best Thai peanut dressing you’ve ever tasted, and you have this dreamy Asian salad!

Crunchy Asian Salad

So this salad is beyond belief yummy. Bonus, it’s also incredibly easy to make. The only thing you’re cooking is some juicy crispy chicken thighs. This salad will knock that boring side salad you’ve been eating right off the table.

hand pouring peanut sauce over thai chicken salad

What makes this salad crunchy? The same thing that makes it super healthy. Only three greens- kale, cabbage, and brussels sprouts. All finely chopped and tossed in together to give this salad that extra crunch and boost of healthy greens. Once you’ve tossed the greens together, grill up your chicken thighs.

I like to keep this part super simple. There is already so much flavor going on in this salad so packing in too much more would just muddle things in my opinion. With some sesame seed oil in the pan, place your chicken thighs in to sear on medium-high heat. Once the skin is crispy on both sides, turn the heat down to medium-low and let it cook through fully. You can always add some salt and pepper but that’s really all these thighs need.

side shot of the bowl of thai salad with peanut sauce dripping down

Thai Peanut Dressing

Thai peanut dressing is honestly one of my favorite things to make and add to meals. We love this meal because it’s completely gluten free too! This dressing is super easy to make. Just pop everything into the blender or your bullet blender and pull out the greatest sauce ever!

The key to this sauce is the green dragon hot sauce from Trader Joe’s. Just a dash of this adds so much flavor to anything. It doesn’t get too spicy don’t worry. My 3 year old said this was her new favorite salad ever. Not a lot of 3 year olds will say that about any dish with green food in it. So you know it’s amazing ūüėČ

thai peanut dressing

Once you’ve grilled your chicken, blended up your sauce, and tossed all the greens, you can add all three components together to form your amazing salad. We love to serve this with an extra lime wedge to drizzle over the top for a dash of extra zing.

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Crunchy Thai Chicken Salad with Peanut Dressing

Crunchy Thai Chicken Salad with Peanut Dressing

Yield: 4 people
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 37 minutes

This thai chicken salad with peanut dressing is going to become a staple during your week! Grilled chicken and crunchy greens drizzled with a homemade gluten free, healthy, peanut sauce. SO GOOD!


  • SALAD:
  • 2 cups Shredded Cabbage
  • 2 cups Chopped Kale
  • 2 cups Shaved Brussels Sprouts
  • 1/3 cup Peanut Butter
  • 1 Tbsp Honey
  • 1/4 cup Gluten Free Soy Sauce (Tamari)
  • 1/4 cup Water
  • 1-2 Garlic Cloves
  • 1/2 Lime juiced (about 1 Tbsp)
  • 1/2 Tbsp Sesame Oil or Olive Oil
  • 1 Tbsp Green Dragon Hot Sauce
  • 2-3 Chicken Thighs


  1. In a large bowl toss your chopped kale, shaved brussels sprouts, and shredded cabbage.
  2. In a skillet over medium-high heat, sear your chicken thighs on both sides in sesame oil until crispy. Then cook through on medium-low heat until done.
  3. While the chicken cooks, place the peanut sauce ingredients into a blender (I use a bullet blender) and blend until smooth.
  4. Place sliced grilled chicken thighs over the greens and drizzle as much sauce over as you'd like and serve with an extra lime wedge. Enjoy!
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 472Total Fat: 30gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 21gCholesterol: 125mgSodium: 1280mgCarbohydrates: 25gFiber: 6gSugar: 10gProtein: 33g
Everyone's ingredients and portion sizes are different so this nutrition information may not be 100% accurate.

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