I get asked who are my inspirations for cooking. Well, I have several and for different reasons. I always wonder what my mom and grandmother’s would say if they were alive today to taste what comes out of this kitchen. I get a lot of recipes and ideas from Grandma Fran (Joe’s grandma). As far as celebrity chefs go, my favorite is Mr. Flay. I love how he is not afraid of flavor and he’s got that southwest flare that I also love. He seems like he is down to earth (well comes across that way on TV anyway). He’s not someone I would want to kick in the balls in real life for being an asshole. This recipe is his and I feel an obligation that it must be shared with anyone and everyone!!!
Start by making the salad dressing.
Puree chpotles in adobo in a food processor. Keep what you don’t use for marinades, sauces, and dressings. I store them in the original can, covered.
When my cousin was visiting, she looked in my freezer and said, “What the hell is that?”
This gangly bark looking thing would be ginger. It’s life changingly good.
Peel off the skin with the back of a spoon,
Slice, mince, then add to the jar,
Add rice vinegar,
salt and pepper.
Put the lid on tight and shake it vigorously, about 30 seconds. Set aside.
Chop some napa cabbage,
(this is where I realized that I forgot to get green onions at the store. Dammit!)
Moving on, add julienned snow peas,
and take the breasts off of a rotisserie chicken and chop.
Sprinkle with peanuts
- 1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
- 2 tablespoons smooth peanut butter
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh ginger
- 2 teaspoons chipotle pepper puree
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil
- 1/2 cup canola oil
- Salt and freshly ground pepper
- 1/2 head Napa cabbage, chopped
- 1/2 head romaine lettuce, chopped
- 2 carrots, shredded
- 1/4 pound snow peas, julienned
- 1/4 cup coarsely chopped fresh cilantro leaves
- 1/4 cup thinly sliced green onion
- 2 cups shredded rotisserie chicken (2 chopped chicken breasts)
- 1/2 cup chopped roasted peanuts
- Whisk together the vinegar, peanut butter, ginger, chipotle pepper puree, soy sauce, honey, sesame oil, and canola oil in a medium bowl. Or add all ingredients to a jar and shake until combined.
- Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
- Combine cabbage, lettuce, carrots, snow peas, cilantro, and green onion in a large bowl.
- Sprinkle salad with peanuts.
- Add the dressing and toss to combine.