Asian Chopped Salad with Crunchy Peanut Dressing

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  Chopped salads are all the rage, and it’s a great way to get our veggies in.  Chopped salads are simply a regular salad, but instead of being layered, all the ingredients are chopped and tossed. It’s a great healthy meal and the very best chopped salads can be made right at home, saving you tons of $$!  This is one of my favorite chopped salad recipes – see what you think!
 
8 leaves romanine lettuce, chopped
1 cup shredded carrots
1 red bell pepper, seeds and membranes removed, diced
1 cup edamame
1 jalapeño, seeds and membranes removed, minced
1/2 small red onion, thinly sliced
1 cup cooked quinoa, any color
1/2 cup chopped scallions
1/3 cup chopped cilantro

Dressing
1/3 cup chopped roasted peanuts (or substitute crunchy won ton strips for crunch, after you dress the salad)
1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
2 tsp. freshly grated ginger
3 Tbs. soy sauce
2 Tbs. dark brown sugar
1 Tbs. rice vinegar
1 tsp. sesame oil
1 Tbs. olive oil
1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes 
Combine all dressing ingredients except peanuts in a small sauce over medium heat; when dressing is well combined, add peanuts and stir to combine; remove from heat. Add water as needed to dressing, a bit at a time, to thin down. 
Place salad ingredients into a large serving bowl; drizzle desired amount of dressing over ingredients and gently toss to combine.  Serve at once.
**I usually add about half of the dressing and add more as I go, as needed.  Store leftover dressing in the fridge.
Now You’re Cookin’,
Chef Alli

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Chef Alli

Chef Alli is a home-grown Kansas girl on a mission to strengthen families through enabling kitchen confidence, educating the family cook, and encouraging better food relationships. She believes with her whole heart that time spent with our loved ones and our overall quality of life is greatly enhanced by nutritious food made at home with simple, wholesome ingredients. She loves being able to connect and share this passion with others through her website, her social media presence, and her coveted speaking engagements.

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