Mixed Pepper and Nut Salad with Thai Peanut Dressing and Fresh Herbs

7 Apr

finished productAdmittedly this post has a very long name but this salad is just so freakin’ delicious I wouldn’t want anyone to miss out on it because they didn’t know what it was.

 

 

A little while back I went to the car wash cafe in Claresholm AB. That’s not actually the name of it mind you, but nonetheless, it is a cafe in a car wash and hard to miss if you are driving through Claresholm. They have amazing food and I recommend checking them out if you are in the area. This salad is the closest thing I could come up with to match the one they had there. Their’s is better, but this one is pretty darn close.

So first off whip up your dressing.

You will need:Salad dressing 1

  • 3/4 Cup Natural Peanut Butter
  • A dash of Sesame Oil
  • 1/4 cup Bragg’s Soy Sauce
  • 1/4 cup White Vinegar
  • 1/4 Real Maple Syrup
  • 3 Tsps Agave Syrup

Salad dressing2

Mix together in a glass jar and taste. These are really just suggested amounts if you want it sweeter or more peanuty by all means add more of what you like. Don’t add too much sesame oil though, I have learned the hard way that even if you like the taste you can end up feeling kind of sick from over doing the sesame oil. If you don’t have any kind of natural sweetener in the house feel free to substitute plain old white sugar.

 

 

When you are finished set the dressing to the side and get chopping your peppers up.

peppers

I used one of each color of pepper. I have found that if you cut along the natural ridges of a pepper when you open it up it will be perfect for pairing off the waxy membrane. The peppers will taste much better with this removed so even though it is a bit of a pain I do recommend doing it.

pepper collagedone

In this picture I was trying to show what I meant by natural ridge. Also the first yellow peppers have the waxy membrane and the second picture of the yellow peppers are what the look like after that membrane has been removed. Some people remove the whole inside layer. I can’t be bothered to go that far. tarragon

Next chop your herbs and then add them along with a good-sized portion of mixed nuts toss with the salad dressing and serve. ready to assemble

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is a refreshing and delicious salad. The tarragon is the perfect addition I really brightens up the flavours. This salad does taste better if it gets a chance to marinate for a while so this is a good make ahead salad.

I hope you enjoy!

 

 

 

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