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Chicken and White Cabbage Salad

When a friend returned from bicycling across Viet Nam, she raved about a dish similar to this one. I went online and found this recipe, which she says is “very close!” This salad is fresh-tasting and, even though it sounds like a lot of ingredients, it’s quick and easy to make. We enjoy it. I think you’ll like it, too.

Source: Chef Robert Conaway's website, aGreat (Entered by Janice Matthews)
Serves: 4-6

2 breasts chicken (medium sized)
1/2 head white or green cabbage      View Available Products
1/4 cup fish sauce (or substitute tamari sauce)
2 T. mint leaves, finely chopped      View Available Products
2 T. rau ram leaves, finely chopped      View Available Products
1 T. sugar
2 T. lime juice
2 T. sliced and fried shallots
2 T. peanuts, coarsely ground*
1/4 cup cilantro leaves

Step by Step Instructions
  1. Steam the chicken breasts (or just use breasts previously cooked for another meal). Remove the skin, and shred the meat into a large mixing bowl.
  2. Cut the cabbage finely, then rinse it and spin (or pat) it dry. Add it to the bowl.
  3. Mix together fish sauce, mint, rau ram, sugar, lime juice and pepper. Toss gently with the cabbage and chicken. Arrange salad in a serving bowl.
  4. Garnish with shallots, peanuts, and cilantro leaves.


Comments added by fellow market members.

A tasty, easy to fix dish. Chocolate mint sounds like it would be strange here, but it's good, as are other specialty mints. However, we were not fond of using spearmint (too toothpastey!) Thai basil also makes an interesting substitute for mint..