very good and pretty easy. I had a hard time finding Thai basil so I just used regular basil and some spring mix we had around. We also cut out chiles just because that isn't really our thing, but the overall flavors still came through really well. I'd definitely make it again.
Grilled Chicken Thighs with Thai Basil Salad
lisac20 Posted: 07/25/13
lbelli01 Posted: 09/16/13
Our family loved this! I grow english cukes, thai basil and sweet basil, so we were set there! We did sub in jalapenos, as I don't grow thai chiles. My 12 year old wasn't fond of the all-basil salad, however we adapted his to lettuce salad and that worked. We fought over the leftovers. The chicken went very nicely with the salad. The only thing I'd change is the shape of the cucumbers. I found that strips of cucumber weren't very fork friendly.
SPaxton Posted: 07/25/13
I was pleasantly surprised by how good this was. I was able to find Thai basil, which was a fabulous punch to the salad. I was not however, able to find any Thai chiles, so I used a jalapeno. Great, refreshing summer salad! I will definitely make this salad again.
megdawg517 Posted: 08/13/13
The chicken was absolutely delicious with the marinade, but once we put it in the salad we couldn't even taste it over all the basil. I couldn't find Thai basil so I used all sweet basil from the garden, plus a little romaine lettuce as filler because I was nervous about the basil being over-powering - and it was. I cut out the chiles because my husband hates spicy food, but even without it, he took one bite and said "okay, so what's spicy in here?". There was so much bite to the basil, shallots, and cilantro that it came off as spicy/hot to him. He hated it. I didn't HATE it, but I certainly would prefer to make it next time with mixed greens and add in maybe a half-cup of basil, to add the flavor but not overpower the whole thing.
belmontnc Posted: 08/08/13
This is a wonderful salad! I was afraid the large amount of basil would overwhelm the dish but the flavors blended beautifully. Plus, I got to use a lot of produce from my garden--onions, cukes, herbs, and chiles. Next time, I might add some julienned apple to give the dish some extra crunch and sweetness.
Ker4terps Posted: 07/20/13
Fabulous blend of flavors.... the cool cucumber blends with the heat of the chiles and the subtle flavors of the oils and soy sauce. We tried the wine pairing and loved it... I think this will be a regular summer meal for us!!!
TheMomChef Posted: 08/08/13
Delicious dish. Even if Thai basil isn't available (it wasn't for me), this can easily be made with just regular sweet basil. The marinade for the chicken was fantastic and I'd probably let the chicken rest overnight next time so the flavors can infused the meat more. You can read my full review at Taking On Magazines: http://bit.ly/14AftfX