Crunchy Thai Chicken Salad

IMG_0061 My last blog post talked about healthy eating and guess what……I decided to post a healthy recipe!!

I know, it’s SHOCKING that I’d do such a thing on my blog, but there you have it.

Sticking with my healthy resolutions for the year, I’ve been on the hunt for ways to incorporate more oreos and cupcakes protein and veggies into my diet now that my bodybuilding personal trainer {1} reads my blog and {2} will kick my trash at the gym for posting otherwise. *insert nervous laugh here*

ANYWAYS, because I can’t deal with eating the same meal twice within the same 3 month span {seriously, ask my husband} I decided to revamp some salad. I get sick of salad reeeeaaaalllll quick when I get on healthy eating binges so I need to make sure it tastes good so I can trick myself into thinking that I do in fact like raw vegetables in a bowl.

PS- This healthy eating/trainer business is something we can talk about in a week or two when I can give you all the juicy sweaty details. 

PPS–can you believe that I have a trainer? I mean…what’s THAT about? Somebody hold me.

IMG_0054 This recipe was made up with all the stuff I had on hand at home: coleslaw mix, baby spinach, red cabbage, sugar snap peas, scallions, avocado, etc. I washed and cut everything up, tossed it into a bowl and doused it in dressing.

If I wasn’t being careful with my carbs, I would have added peanuts and lots of those fried chow mein noodles. I love those things. I added those to the printable recipe incase you were wondering. –> Just do it.

If you didn’t want to make your own dressing, I’d recommend just buying a bottle of this stuff and calling it good. Overall, I liked it and my husband loved it. And my 4 year old ran screaming to her room because I put “adocados” in it. THE HORROR.

Here’s the printable. Enjoy, friends!

Crunchy Thai Chicken Chop Salad

Yield: 4 servings

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 0 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes


1 pkg. shredded coleslaw mix {cabbage, carrots, red cabbage}
3 cups chopped red cabbage
3 heaping cups chopped baby spinach
3 scallions, chopped
1 ripe Haas avocado, cubed
1 cup sliced sugar snap peas
2 cups shredded rotisserie chicken
chopped peanuts and cilantro, for garnish

for the dressing-
2/3 cup light olive oil
juice of 3 limes {or 4 if they're not particularly juicy}
1/2 cup cilantro {about 1/2 a bunch}
2 tablespoons truvia*
salt & pepper, to taste
2 cloves garlic, minced


Place all salad ingredients into large bowl.

Blend all dressing ingredients together in blender.

Toss dressing with salad and top with peanuts and cilantro. Serve immediately.

*feel free to substitute 3 tablespoons granulated sugar for 2 tablespoons truvia sweetener

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18 Responses to “Crunchy Thai Chicken Salad”

  1. #
    Taylor @ FoodFaithFitness — January 6, 2014 at 4:43 am

    I LOVE Thai chicken salads, and this looks perfect! Love the sneaky truvia swap in the dressing to make it a little lighter. This looks like a super quick and healthy meal. Pinned!


  2. #
    Anna @ Garnish with Lemon — January 6, 2014 at 7:24 am

    Sometimes those “clean out the fridge” meals can be the happiest experiments. Sticking to a healthy eating resolution becomes so much easier with a yummy salad like this. Thanks for sharing!


  3. #
    Sali Peterson — January 6, 2014 at 9:16 am

    Love the recipe.
    Skip the “Truvia” ie chemicals.
    Use jam or preserves to sweeten and add flavor.

    You can mix up just enough to use at a time as well.
    Squeeze orange or lemon wedges, add a tablespoon or two of olive oil, a heaping teaspoon of jam and whisk.


  4. #
    Kathy — January 6, 2014 at 10:49 am

    This salad looks delicious! I’m always looking for new, healthy salads for lunch! Pinning!


  5. #
    S Ellis — January 6, 2014 at 11:04 am

    Thanks for the healthy recipe. I hired a personal trainer back in October. Absolutely the best thing I have ever done for me! You go girl :)


  6. #
    Kathryn — January 6, 2014 at 11:53 am

    Love the flavours and the crunch in this salad, so bright and colourful too!


  7. #
    Valerie | From Valerie's Kitchen — January 7, 2014 at 9:57 am

    I’m all about Thai salads! Happy New Year :)


  8. #
    Deborah — January 7, 2014 at 12:43 pm

    I get tired of salads really quickly as well. But I know I’d love this and gladly clean my bowl!!


  9. #
    Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust — January 7, 2014 at 1:37 pm

    3 months? I want to be you, I get so bored but always repeat since it’s easy. Love the salad!


  10. #
    Kristy @ Sweet Treats & More — January 7, 2014 at 7:46 pm

    Having a personal trainer read your blog is serious pressure!! Whoah! This salad looks great though….and the whole four year old running screaming to her room because of something you put in her food is so painfully familiar!


  11. #
    Ashton — January 8, 2014 at 8:07 am

    So funny that your trainer reads your blog (yikes!)! This salad looks awesome!! I can seriously eat some crunchy thai salad!


  12. #
    Laurel Mode — January 8, 2014 at 1:05 pm

    Lauren, I just love your food blog and recipes. Carbs really are not the enemy, so please don’t fall prey to the very persuasive marketing against carbs that has permeated the atmosphere the last several years.

    That being said, carbs differ a lot in quality. Obviously the quality of carbs in an oreo will never equal the carbs in whole grains etc, but we were given a vast variety of foods for a purpose, so it is good to embrace that variety.

    More veggies and fresh fruit is always a good thing. But extremism is the enemy of a sustainable diet.


    • Lauren — January 9th, 2014 @ 1:44 pm

      I haven’t talked specifics of my diet on here yet, but believe me, I’m getting all the carbs I need in {bread, english muffins, tortillas, etc}. I just am used to eating more of them :) I totally agree. Going to the extreme won’t help anyone in the long run.


  13. #
    Jenny @ BAKE — January 11, 2014 at 8:08 am

    This salad looks delicious! your personal trainer will be proud!


  14. #
    Philia (from — January 16, 2014 at 6:48 am

    This salad looks fantastic…and especially with the chow mein noodles in the actual recipe-I loooove those things too, they just make salads THAT much more bearable lol. Good luck with your trainer, and thanks for sharing this awesome recipe :)



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