Spicy Rainbow Chop Salad with Peanuts

Spicy Rainbow Chop Salad with Peanuts

The base of this winter chopped salad is a new-to-me, homemade, red curry paste. I can't stop using it, and it was perfect in this chopped salad situation. The curry paste went in the dressing. Once you've made the dressing, blood oranges, crispy shallots, peanuts, radicchio, herbs, brown rice, scallions, and tofu are tossed with it. I'll be honest, this isn't the most weeknight-friendly recipe (here's a link if you're looking for the easiest dinners, or quick recipes in general), but it's so good, you'll want to give it a try at some point when you aren't crunched for time.

I'm posting the red curry paste I used on its own page, it's the A.P.C.P. - All-Purpose Curry Paste from Kris Yenbamroong's Night + Market Cookbook. If you're inclined to make your own curry pastes, you're going to want to take this one for a spin. I love it, and have been using it in everything lately - curry pots, this salad, spring rolls, etc. Enjoy!

Spicy Rainbow Chop Salad with Peanuts

Spicy Rainbow Chop Salad with Peanuts

Spicy Rainbow Chop Salad with Peanuts

Spicy Rainbow Chop Salad with Peanuts

Spicy Rainbow Chop Salad with Peanuts

Spicy Rainbow Chop Salad with Peanuts

Spicy Rainbow Chop Salad with Peanuts

I noticed a lot of you are using the winter green miso paste and lemongrass turmeric paste from my site, & this should round out your collection!

Spicy Rainbow Chop Salad with Peanuts

HS - I use this homemade red curry paste, but you can use any favorite store-bought paste as well.

8 ounces firm tofu, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
extra virgin olive oil
fine grain sea salt

1 medium head of radicchio, romaine, or structured lettuce, trimmed and torn
3 cups of brown rice, room temperature or slightly warmed
1/2 cup peanuts
2 oranges (or blood oranges), peeled and segmented
1/2 cup crispy, fried shallots*
1-2 big handfuls of chopped herbs (basil, cilantro, or combination)
4 scallions, thinly sliced

Creamy Red Curry Dressing:
3/4 cups cashew milk**
1 tablespoon red curry paste, or to taste
juice of one lime
1 teaspoon sugar or other sweetener

Toss the tofu in a bit of oil, and a sprinkling of salt, and roast until golden, 10 - 15 minutes. Alternately, you can sauté the tofu, or grill. Remove and set aside.

In the meantime, prepare the other ingredients, arranging in "neighborhoods" on a large platter (see photos), include the tofu on the platter. Make the dressing by combining the cashew milk, curry paste, lime juice, and sugar in a jar. Add a pinch of salt, shake well, and adjust to taste.

I like to let people make their own salad from the platter, and dress/toss on their own plate. Alternately you can dress and toss it on the main platter.

Serves 4.

*Crispy Fried Shallots: Peel and slice shallots paper thin, a small pile of them. Transfer to a small saucepan, cover with sunflower oil by 1/4-inch, and cook over low-medium heat until the shallots are deeply golden. Remove from heat, strain the oil off into a jar, and set aside. Place the shallots on a paper towel and allow them to cool and crisp, sprinkle with a bit of salt.

**1 cup cashews/2.5 cups water - Blend in high-speed blender until silky and creamy.

Prep time: 20 min - Cook time: 10 min

If you make this recipe, I'd love to see it - tag it #101cookbooks on Instagram!
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Mmm, everything about this (except the tofu) is calling my name!!! I can sub chicken for the tofu, right?

HS: yes, sub whatever you like. Or leave out the tofu.

Rachel @Clean Eating for the Non-Hippie

We made this Rainbow Chopped Salad and loved it. I am looking forward to taking it to a family gathering.


This was delicious, loved the warm rice. Used purchased red curry paste and made a 1/2 recipe of cashew milk just for this.

Dana Sodergren

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