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Thai Salad with Peanut Dressing

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Thai Salad with Peanut Dressing is a lighter meal that won’t disappoint. This month’s Blogger CLUE theme is Healthy Eats and I found this healthy Asian salad recipe on Sew You Think You Can Cook, my assigned blog for January.

Thai Salad | A vibrant, crunchy salad with a peanut dressing

Copy Cat Thai Salad Recipe from the California Pizza Kitchen

I’m surprised I haven’t eaten the popular Thai Crunch Salad when dining at a California Pizza Kitchen, but I’m glad I got to try this recipe. Whether or not it’s an exact duplicate, it sure is a spectacular lunch salad! And with all those veggies, it has to be a little healthy, right? I adapted the recipe just a wee bit, by adding in the optional cucumber, avocado, and chicken. I also upped the flavor in the dressing by adding some sesame oil and red pepper flakes. Delish!!!A vibrant, crunchy Thai salad with a peanut dressing


Lauren of Sew You Think You Can Cook and I both belong to the Sunday Supper group of bloggers, so I’ve been to her blog many times and was excited to search out a healthy recipe. Besides this yummy Thai Salad, I was also tempted by her  Brussels Sprouts Salad with Caramelized Onions. Lauren retired from her Aerospace Engineering job to raise 2 sons and resides in Ohio. Besides cooking, she’s a talented quilter and cross stitcher. This girl can do it all!!! Make sure to pop over and say hello!

A vibrant, crunchy Asian salad with a peanut dressing

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Thai Salad with Peanut Dressing

Thai Salad with Peanut Dressing

This Thai-inspired salad is as beautiful as it is delicious!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Yield 4 servings


For the salad:

  • 1 romaine heart, thinly sliced
  • 2 cups shredded red cabbage
  • 3 carrots, shredded
  • 1/2 cup shelled, frozen edamame, thawed
  • 1 small yellow bell pepper, diced
  • 1 small red bell pepper, diced
  • 3-4 scallions, sliced
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • 1/2 cucumber, peeled and diced
  • 1/2-1 cup chopped cooked chicken

For the dressing:

  • 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons real maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried ginger
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 4 tablespoons canola oil
  • 3-4 tablespoons water


  1. Toss all salad ingredients in a large bowl.
  2. Put peanut butter, vinegar, lime juice, soy sauce, syrup, and ginger in a blender. Blend until combined. Add the oils and blend until combined. Add 3 tablespoons of the water and blend until combined. Add the last tablespoon if a thinner consistency is desired.
  3. Divide salad onto serving plates and individually dress each salad as desired.


Lauren adapted this recipe from Kelley at

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35 comments on “Thai Salad with Peanut Dressing”

  1. Your salad looks beautiful, I’m glad you enjoyed it!

  2. Yum! Yum! Something familiar to me 😀 Can’t go wrong with a Thai salad.

  3. Eating breakfast right now….but totally wouldn’t mind if this was in front of me instead!

  4. Dear Lizzy, this salad looks wonderful and delicious! I love big salads like this…perfect feel-good meal any time of day! xoxo, Catherine

  5. Gorgeous salad! That dressing sounds amazing!

  6. I love Thai salad and always say yes to peanut dressing. This salad looks so fresh, crunchy, and delicious. I take a big plate of this, please!

  7. I’ve never been to a California Pizza Kitchen. Weird, but true. I’ve definitely been missing out — this salad looks awesome! So much color and flavor — a combo I can’t resist. Thanks!

  8. That is one big bowl of colorful deliciousness, Liz! What a fabulous choice for our healthy eats theme! I have had that salad at CPK and I do believe yours looks better.

  9. I don’t think that I’ve ever eaten at California Pizza Kitchen, but I have had a Thai salad before and love the flavors. This version looks pretty darn spectacular.

  10. Now that is definitely a salad I can sink my teeth into Liz, not only beautiful but I bet those flavours pop when they are lightly coated in your tasty dressing. I love the addition of cucumbers, chicken and avocado, wonderful flavours as well as textures. You definitely cannot go wrong with Thai flavours in a salad.

  11. I don’t know why I have never ordered this salad…it sounds wonderful and one that I know I would enjoy. Fun to get the recipe first!

  12. What a fun salad! I love all the colors and ingredients!

  13. YUMMO>…..I really want some of that salad.

  14. Oh! I just love the colors in this salad… it just screams healthy, doesn’t it? And any dressing that has peanut butter in it has my name all over it!

  15. Great salad Liz, all my favorites and the dressing sounds amazing!

  16. I love every single one of the salad recipes I am seeing today! Obviously including this one, Liz!

  17. That salad is going on my list! I love CPK and am shocked I’ve not tried this one. It’s so colorful too!

    Happy New Year!

  18. I can use this salad right now. It is so pretty and full of goodness. I love the peanut dressing!

  19. The salad and dressing sound delicious. This salad makes eating healthy a lot easier. Great pictures.

  20. What a great choice for this month’s theme. I love this dressing and will have to make it in the new year. Happy New Year to YOU!

  21. No California Pizzas here in HK but I can see your delicious salad coming to Bam’s Kitchen in the very near future. Delicious, satisfying and healthy. I am all about that. Wishing you and your family a very safe, happy and delicious 2016! Sharing, of course!

  22. This salad looks so colorful and tasty (and that’s high praise coming from a non-salad eater)! Can I please have this dressing with everything?!

  23. I love salads with Thai flavors and your peanut dressing is a must!

  24. Definitely a bowl of greens I could dive into…especially if well laden with California avocados =) Fantastic idea to use sesame oil and balance the pb with chili flakes =)

  25. Liz, I just enjoyed an Asian salad over the holidays and it got me in the mood to prepare something Thai-inspired for a salad! You’ve definitely inspired me more with your salad! I am a complete sucker for all things Thai, except my Bill has a very low limitation for it. Thank you for sharing this recipe! PS: I’m getting your posts again!!!!! 🙂

  26. Never had Thai salad before and this looks like a winner! Great way to get in some extra veggies.

  27. They might not have a California Pizza Kitchen in Indianapolis or Aspen but they do have them in Las Vegas. When we lived there I visited Cali PK several times. While I cannot remember if I had their Thai Salad or not, their salads were good. Your adaption looks spectacular and something I’d enjoy for lunch or dinner. Easy to make just for one or two. And, the chicken, loved the addition of protein. Nice post.

  28. Wow. Just wow. AMAZING salad dear Liz! We were drooling while reading its ingredients!:) We always try to find interesting ways to include some avocado in our diet (it’s an unusual and exotic fruit for us Greeks). This recipe is definitely a winner! Thanx so much for sharing this, pinned!
    Sending you lots of hugs,
    Panos and Mirella

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