Dressings can make or break a salad, which is why Caesar salads often taste revolting. Left in the wrong hands, the dressing ruins everything it comes in contact with and leaves a gross overpowering taste in your mouth.
While our go-to dressing is usually an inoffensive drizzle of extra virgin olive oil and lemon juice with freshly cracked black pepper (ridiculously easy and goes with virtually every salad ingredient), it’s nice to mix it up now and again.
This fast and easy peanut miso dressing takes simple salad ingredients to the next level. We’ve opted for spinach, red cabbage, celery, and apple but you can mix it up with what you’ve got handy (aim for crunchy stuff) – try carrot, radish, cucumber, broccoli, snow peas, capsicum or different types of cabbage.
The following recipe serves 4 people.
You will need
- 4 chicken thigh fillets
- Olive oil
- 3 tsp Chinese Five Spice powder
- 280g baby spinach
- ¼ red cabbage
- 2 celery sticks, sliced
- 1 red or green apple, thinly sliced
- 4 tbsp crunchy natural peanut butter
- 2 tbsp miso (white)
- 1 lemon, juiced (around 4 tbsp)
- 8 tbsp water
What you do
Heat a frying pan to medium-high heat. Drizzle both sides of the chicken thighs with olive oil and sprinkle with the five spice powder. Cook the chicken on both sides until cooked through (around 3 minutes each side).
While the chicken is cooking, make the dressing by whisking all the ingredients together in a small bowl. Place the spinach, cabbage, celery and apple in a large bowl, toss the dressing through and portion among four individual bowls.
When the chicken is cooked, slice it into strips and place on top of the salad and serve.
Tell us, readers… what’s your favourite salad dressing?