That up there? That’s Gado Gado. Apparently it’s a thai summer salad that was featured in this week’s free magazine at Lunds (our amazing local grocer), and I figured I’d put my own spin on it to enjoy some more of this amazing summer produce. You guys? It was delicious.
First, my main ingredients were the following:
• 2 carrots
• Some chicken. I wanted rotisserie, but they weren’t out yet when I hit the store before 8 am (trouble sleeping this week…), so the only option I had were these fried chicken fingers which I sliced up. You could substitute any meat or protein here — the original recipe called for tofu and hard-boiled eggs.
• 1 cup yellow rice. You can make this yourself by adding 1/4 tsp turmeric to the boiling rice (I doubled the rice so we’d have leftovers)
• fresh lemon juice
• 2-4 radishes
• handful cooked green beans
• thinly sliced shallot
• thinly sliced ginger (just a little — it’s mostly for garnish)
• handful of cherry tomatoes
• a bed of spinach for the bottom of each bowl
• 1/2 cup chopped peanuts
• red pepper flakes to taste
• San J peanut sauce for the dressing (feel free to make your own peanut sauce! I am too lazy.)
• bean sprouts
• fresh basil
Whew! So those were the ingredients I wanted to use, but the recipe called for totally different veggies and the photos used an entirely different set. You could throw anything in here! Peppers, brussel sprouts, cauliflower, corn — whatever you have on hand. I just try to keep it fresh and colorful. I also added the basil and ginger to keep the asian flavors going with the peanut sauce.
And really, you just chop everything up, lay a bed of spinach on the bottom of the bowl, cover that in yellow rice, cover that in your veggies, dress the salad and then throw on your garnishes (peanuts, sprouts, a squeeze of lemon juice etc). It’s super easy and super delicious!
Because this recipe can vary so much, there’s not a real accurate calorie count I could do here. I’m thinking with the rice, the chicken and the peanut sauce, it’s probably about 500 calories (or less) but that’s a huge salad right there.
And for dessert, how about these coffee and beignet ice cream sandwiches? MAN OH MAN do I want to eat that!!