CPK Inspired Thai Chicken Salad with Peanut Dressing: Primal Diet & Keto Diet Approved!

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My boyfriend made this CPK inspired Thai chicken salad with peanut dressing for me a couple of months ago and I suddenly had cravings for it again. The cravings started after enjoying another salad with a girlfriend that was made with lime and cilantro, one of my favorite combos. That sparked the conversation with my boyfriend that led to us making this Thai chicken salad together a few days ago.

It was so satisfying and just what I needed. After all, I love California Pizza Kitchen salads but absolutely hate the price tags that come with them. I eat at home as much as possible because it’s friendly to my wallet. In addition to this, I get complete control over the ingredients!

We made this CPK inspired Thai chicken salad with peanut dressing recipe as simple as possible, using an already cooked rotisserie chicken. We already had many of the ingredients, so we only had to buy the vegetables.

I want to point out that I do not normally use peanut butter with sugar in it. I am out of peanut butter and my boyfriend, who can eat anything to his hearts content without gaining a pound, only had conventional peanut butter. I recommend reading the ingredient labels when deciding on which peanut butter to purchase. The only two ingredients you should see are peanuts and salt (the boyfriend is learning). Since I’m not in ketosis at the moment, I guess I can be flexible with the peanut butter :).

For this CPK inspired Thai chicken salad with peanut dressing recipe, I included some substitutions for those on a ketogenic diet (see notes in parentheses on the ingredients list). It only takes some minor adjustments to turn this into a keto friendly meal. I am currently following a Primal Diet, which it is also perfect for!

The measurements for the ingredients can all be adjusted based on your taste preferences. It’s really hard to mess anything up for this recipe!

If you try this recipe or have questions, please let me know in the comments below. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

XOXO,

Esther

Ingredients for CPK inspired Thai Chicken Salad:

10 ounces chopped napa cabbage

1 cup sliced mushrooms

1/2 cup shredded carrot (omit if on keto)

1 large avocado, diced

10 ounces cooked shredded chicken (we shredded an already cooked rotisserie chicken)

Ingredients for CPK inspired Peanut Dressing:

1/4 cup peanut butter (sugar free)

2 tbsp rice vinegar (coconut vinegar for keto)

2 tbsp lime juice

3 tbsp olive oil

1 tbsp gluten free soy sauce (coconut aminos for keto)

2 tbsp honey (2 tbsp erythritol for keto)

2 cloves garlic

1 inch square of ginger, cut fine

1 tsp himalyan pink salt

1/4 tsp red pepper flakes (or more if you like spicy like I do!)

1 tsp garlic chili oil (optional)

1/2 bunch cilantro

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Garnish:

fresh thai basil, shredded (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Put all salad ingredients together in a large salad bowl

  2. In a large blender, mix all salad dressing ingredients except for the cilantro. Blend until smooth.

  3. Add cilantro to the blended ingredients. Blend only until cilantro is even throughout. (Adding the cilantro after and blending like this will prevent the salad dressing from turning green.

  4. Add dressing to preference to the salad ingredients. Toss to serve.

  5. Add thai basil on top for garnish. Enjoy!

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Macros per serving for CPK Inspired Thai salad with peanut dressing:

note: Macros are based on original recipe and not the keto adjustments

calories: 631 kcal

protein:44 g

Carbs:31 g

Net carbs:10 g

fat: 59 g

Macros for salad:

Serving size: 2

calories: 400 kcal

protein:40 g

carbs:18 g

net carbs: 9 g

fat: 40 g

macros for peanut salad dressing:

serving size : Around 4

calories: 231 kcal

protein:4 g

carbs:13 g

net carbs: 12 g

fat:19 g