Combine first 5 ingredients in a large bowl. Combine coconut milk and next 5 ingredients (through red pepper) in a small saucepan; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer for 5 minutes or until mixture thickens slightly, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat, and cool for 2 minutes. Pour warm coconut milk mixture over lettuce mixture. Sprinkle with peanuts; serve with lime wedges, if desired. Serve immediately.
Wanting to make an Asian or Thai Chicken Salad for dinner but not having all the right ingredients, I settled on using the peanut dressing from this recipe, marinating chicken breasts for 1/2 hr in teriyaki sauce and pan frying them. I used a combination of romaine and coleslaw salad mix and sprinkled dry roasted peanuts on top. We liked the flavor of the fresh lime squeezed over the salad. We will make this again, next time I will use rotisserie chicken for a faster prep. time.
We thought this was great for a week night meal - so simple and fast. You could tweak the salad to whatever you have on hand. What made the salad was the sauce - we loved it. Good flavor - ours didn't loose the peanut butter taste nor was it gloopy. We used chunky peanut butter and omitted the chopped peanuts to save a step.
This is delicious and easy. I think the next time I make it I will use either Napa cabbage or green cabbage instead of the lettuce. Both my husband and I loved the crunch, texture and taste of this healthy salad! I think you could leave out the coconut milk if you want and just substitute water because I really couldn't taste the coconut...I also used crunchy peanut butter and it was great!
I didn't have all the ingredients for this so I made a couple of changes. I used butter lettuce instead of romaine. I added cucumbers but don't like bean sprouts so left those out. I used more peanut butter and would make it a tad bit sweeter next time, my son suggested honey. I let the dressing cool so it wouldn't wilt the lettuce and I used sesame seeds on mine. That being said we did like the flavor and will make this again. My son liked it a lot.