Spicy Rainbow Chopped Salad with Peanuts

Everyone loves this beautiful rainbow chopped salad made with blood oranges, crispy shallots, peanuts, and a creamy, red curry dressing. Give it a try!

Spicy Rainbow Chopped Salad with Peanuts

The base of this rainbow hued chopped salad is a new-to-me, homemade, red curry paste. I can't stop using it, and it was the perfect back note to this salad situation, where every bite is a flavor explosion. 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, chopped salad, etc. Enjoy!

Spicy Rainbow Chop Salad with Peanuts

Spicy Rainbow Chopped Salad with Peanuts

Spicy Rainbow Chopped Salad with Peanuts

Spicy Rainbow Chopped Salad with Peanuts

Spicy Rainbow Chopped Salad with Peanuts

Spicy Rainbow Chopped 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!

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Spicy Rainbow Chopped Salad with Peanuts

4 from 10 votes

I use this homemade red curry paste mentioned above, 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
Prepare the Tofu
  1. 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.
  2. In the meantime, prepare the other ingredients, arranging in "neighborhoods" on a large platter (see photos), include the tofu on the platter. 

Make the Red Curry Dressing
  1. 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.

  1. 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.

*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
25 mins
Total Time
25 mins
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I made this last night, and the table was quiet. If you have kids, you know the meal is a huge hit when all is quiet on the dinner front. Picky and non-picky all agreed, a double thumbs up for this one. Thanks Heidi!!!5 stars

Kate Gales

    So happy to hear it Kate!

    Heidi Swanson

Hi Heidi! Happy 4th! I have some green curry paste I’m trying to use up. Do you think that would work with this recipe?


    I think it could! 🙂

    Heidi Swanson

This sounds awesome! What would you sub for cashew milk? My daughter is allergic.


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

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


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

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