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Chopped Chicken Kale Salad with Thai Peanut Vinaigrette

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Kale is one of those super foods that you can feel good about eating, but I haven’t always been a huge fan. One thing that made the difference for me was this Kale Cabbage Chicken Salad with Thai Peanut Vinaigrette.

A bed of chopped kale and purple cabbage is topped with crunchy cashews, carrots, dried cranberries, chicken, and a delicious Thai peanut dressing.

Cashews add a little extra crunch and dried cranberries add just the right amount of sweetness. This colorful chicken kale salad is one of my favorite no-guilt meals, especially when I am focused on eating well.

a table set with a plate of chopped chicken kale salad, a fork, scattered cashews, and a bowl of vinaigrette
 

Chopped Chicken Kale Salad with Thai Peanut Vinaigrette

Every January, I start off the New Year with good intentions. I make all the customary resolutions—eat healthier, lose weight, exercise more often—only to fall off the wagon before the month is out!

My healthy intentions are all the same, but I’m not making resolutions or setting weight goals for 2019.

Instead, I’ve opted to adopt a WORD for the year. You’ve probably seen a lot of talk on social media about this very idea. Instead of rigid resolutions, a word for the year is a gentle reminder of what you want from the year ahead.

My word for 2019: FOCUS

Truthfully, FOCUS is probably much too broad, but here’s what I hope to learn from my word this year.

  • FOCUS on God. Spend more time doing daily devotions, praying, and focusing on what God wants me to learn this year.
  • FOCUS on family. Be purposeful about strengthening the relationships that are most important, support and encourage each other, and show love every day.
  • FOCUS to get the job done. Quit chasing rabbits, and just finish the task. I’m guilty of getting distracted and putting off those things that need to be done, but that I don’t particularly want to be doing.
  • FOCUS on the positive. Don’t get caught up in negativity, always look on the bright side.

What do you choose to focus on this year?

a spoon drizzling vinaigrette over a plate of Chopped Chicken Kale Salad

Tips for making a delicious chopped kale salad:

  • Use curly kale and strip it from the tough stem. This little herb-stripping gadget is a handy tool for stripping kale or other herbs from their stems.
  • Wash and dry the stripped kale leaves using a salad spinner.
  • Chop the kale into very small pieces. Kale is a little tougher than most lettuces, but how you chop it makes a big difference in how easy it is to eat. 
a fork spearing a piece of chicken in a bowl of salad

Once the kale is prepped, making this salad is easy!

  • CHOP: I always use my Ninja (or a food processor) to chop the kale and purple cabbage.
  • WHISK: Add the vinaigrette ingredients to a small bowl and whisk briskly until combined and emulsified.
  • TOSS: Add the salad ingredients to a large bowl, pour in a little of the vinaigrette, and toss. Only add a little of the vinaigrette at the time, tossing to make sure all the greens are coated. NOTE: You won’t need as much dressing as you think.
a table set with a plate of chopped chicken kale salad, a fork, scattered cashews, and a bowl of vinaigrette

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I use my food processor (and sometimes even my Ninja) to chop kale for salads. Every time I purchase kale, I wash, dry, chop, and store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator and it stays fresh all week long.

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Chopped Chicken Kale Salad with Thai Peanut Vinaigrette Recipe

Toss the salad with just a little dressing at first, then let it sit for five minutes or so to see if more is needed. As the dressing starts to break down the greens, you may find there is more vinaigrette in the bottom of the bowl than you realized.

Also, if you like a little spice, toss a few red pepper flakes into the vinaigrette.

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Yield: 2 servings

Chopped Chicken Kale Salad With Thai Peanut Vinaigrette

CHOPPED CHICKEN KALE SALAD WITH THAI PEANUT VINAIGRETTE

A bed of chopped kale and purple cabbage is topped with crunchy cashews, carrots, dried cranberries, chicken, and a delicious Thai peanut dressing. 

Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes

Ingredients

Salad

  • 4 cups chopped kale
  • 1 cup chopped red cabbage
  • 1 carrot, chopped
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup cashews
  • 1 boneless chicken breast, grilled and sliced
  • 1-2 ounces goat cheese, crumbled

Thai Peanut Vinaigrette

  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 teaspoons rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 teaspoons peanut butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon ginger
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • sea salt & pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. Chop veggies and place in a large bowl. Add sliced chicken, cranberries, and cashews.
  2. In a small bowl, combine all ingredients for the Thai Peanut Vinaigrette. Whisk until well combined.
  3. Pour vinaigrette over salad greens and toss until coated. Crumble goat cheese over top and serve immediately.

Notes

Original Thai Peanut Vinaigrette recipe by Little Broken

  • Toss the salad with just a little dressing at first, then let it sit for five minutes or so to see if more is needed. As the dressing starts to break down the greens, you may find there is more vinaigrette in the bottom of the bowl than you realized.
  • If you like a little spice, toss a few red pepper flakes into the vinaigrette.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

2

Serving Size:

2 Servings

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 518Total Fat: 21gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 64mgSodium: 1430mgCarbohydrates: 56gFiber: 10gSugar: 31gProtein: 35g

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ABOUT SHEILA
Sheila Thigpen, author of Easy Chicken Cookbook and The 5-Ingredient Fresh and Easy Cookbook, is a recipe developer, food photographer, and food writer. She spent 20+ years as a business manager in the publishing industry before she retired in 2018 to focus on her passions — cooking, photography, and writing. Living near the beautiful Smoky Mountains, Sheila and her husband have two adult daughters and two fine sons-in-law, are active in their church, love to travel, and have a precious little granddaughter who has stolen their hearts. Follow Sheila on YouTubePinterestInstagramFacebook, and Twitter!

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