Thai Summer Salad

It’s only a matter of time before our beach vacation begins. This means that I’ve been working out like a mad-woman, drinking gallons of unsweetened iced tea, and eating as light as I can between bites of Peanut Butter Cup Ice Cream and Cookie Dough Brownies. Somehow I’m thinking this is the formula for allowing myself to feel comfortable in a bathing suit this year. Somehow I’m thinking that I’ll still feel pudgy… no matter what… just because that’s the way I always feel. This recipe is one that I made in preparation for bathing suit body: Thai Summer Salad


There’s a lot of good stuff in the salad.  Fresh stuff.  Stuff you should be eating all the time but you probably don’t because it’s just too darn healthy.  See all of those cute little, nicely julienned vegetables?  My sister did that for me.  And I took the pictures.  Isn’t she the best sister ever?!?


This salad is made with napa cabbage– the Chinese sort.  You could always go with your regular-old green or red leaf type, but I like the cabbage.  Consider it roughage.


Add all of those nicely chopped vegetables to the cabbage.


Just toss it all in there…


… until everything is colorful and beautiful.  I read once that to be healthy, you should be “eating the rainbow.”  I suppose this sort of thing fits that bill.


Then add a very simple and mildly spiced Asian dressing.


Toss it all together.  Or you can let your sister toss it for you while you take the pictures :)


And it’s ready to eat.  I give you permission to eat this entire bowl of salad.  In fact, if you eat this entire bowl of salad that is designed to feed 10 people… you’ll only be taking in a total of 200 calories.  Imagine that?  You’ll be munching for an hour and you’ll likely just burn off those 200 calories using your jaw muscles as exercise.  Pretty cool, huh?  I recommend adding grilled chicken to the salad to make it a complete and filling meal.  It’s rather good that way.

There you go- your guilt-free, bikini-body-in-10-days salad.  (I can’t promise that whole bikini-thing is going to happen, but it’s worth a shot, right?)

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Thai Summer Salad

Yield: 10 servings (1/2 cup per serving)

Prep Time: 25 min

A fresh, low-calorie option for summertime munching...

Ingredients:

SALAD:
3 cups torn napa (Chinese) cabbage
1/2 cup (1/8-inch) julienne-cut yellow squash
1/2 cup (1/8-inch) julienne-cut zucchini
1/2 cup (1/8-inch) julienne-cut red bell pepper
1/2 cup (1/8-inch) julienne-cut yellow bell pepper
1/2 cup (1/8-inch) julienne-cut seeded peeled cucumber
1/2 cup shredded carrot
1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1/4 cup thinly sliced green onions
1/4 cup grated radishes
1 minced seeded jalapeno pepper

DRESSING:
3 Tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
1 Tablespoon fish sauce
1 Tablespoon water
1 1/2 teaspoons granulated white sugar
1/2 teaspoon chile- garlic paste

Directions:

1. To prepare the salad, combine the salad ingredients in a large bowl.

2. To prepare the dressing, combine dressing ingredients in a small bowl and whisk together until sugar dissolves.

3. Drizzle dressing over salad and toss well. Serve immediately.

Tips:

*If preparing this recipe as GLUTEN FREE, just make sure that you use a brand of fish sauce that is known to be GF.
*Chile garlic paste can be found in Asian markets and usually the Asian-foods aisle of regular markets.
*Add grilled chicken to this salad to make it a main dish.

Nutritional Information per serving:
Serving size: 1/2 cup
Calories per serving: 20
Fat per serving: .1g
Saturated Fat per serving: 0g
Fiber per serving: 1.1g
Protein per serving: .9g
Cholesterol per serving: 0mg
Carbohydrates per serving: 4.6g

WW POINTS per serving:
Points Plus Program: 1 Old Points Program: 0

Source: RecipeGirl.com (Adapted from Cooking Light- Cooking Through the Seasons)