Thai Crunchy Cashew Salad

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2015/06/24 by nikkiledford

As a former employee, I have it on pretty good authority that Thai Chili and Lime Cashews are pretty much the pinnacle of all Trader Joe’s nut aisle offerings. They’ve been around for a long time so I don’t imagine they’ll be demoted to the dreaded discontinued list (but you never know… TJ’s is mean sometimes). Trader Joe’s crew members like these nuts so much that we would routinely “spoil” a bag after it had “accidentally” broken open so that we could snack on them and hand them out for customers to try. Now that I think about it, they’re probably the reason why everyone thinks all TJ’s employees are so nice.

Fact: Thai Chili and Lime Cashews make you a friendly person.

They also make a perfect topping for this colorful salad.

Thai Crunchy Cashew Salad

Thai Crunchy Cashew Salad

1 c. shredded purple cabbage
1 c. shredded green cabbage
1 carrot, shredded
1/2 red bell pepper, seeded and thinly sliced
1/2 c. cucumber, quarter cut and thinly sliced
1 green onion, thinly sliced
handful of chopped cilantro
4-5 mint leaves, minced
1-2 basil leaves, minced
1/2 c. Thai Chili and Lime Cashews

Optional: Grilled Shrimp, Ribeye, or Chicken

  1. Make a bed of cabbage on a plate or in a bowl.
  2. In a mixing bowl, toss remaining vegetables and herbs. Top cabbage with vegetable mix.
  3. Garnish with cashews.
  4. Drizzle dressing on top! (you could also pre-dress the whole thing before serving, just add the cashews last!)

Chili Lime Dressing

1/2 cup untoasted sesame oil (avocado or olive oil is fine)
1/4 cup lime juice
1/2 jalapeno, seeded and chopped
1 tsp. coconut aminos
1 small clove garlic
salt and pepper to taste

Mix using a regular or immersion blender

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