Spicy Thai Potato Salad
For the dressing:
3/4 cup natural-style peanut butter
1/2 cup unsweetened coconut milk
2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons honey
2 teaspoons chili oil
1 teaspoon sesame oil
For the salad:
1 cup green beans, cut into1/4-inch-long pieces (about 4 ounces beans)
2 small carrots, peeled and chopped (about1/2 cup)
1 small red bell pepper, cut into thin strips about 1 inch long ( 1/2
2 1/2 to 3 pounds Idaho potatoes (5 large or 8 to 9 medium)
Shredded napa cabbage (also called Chinese cabbage), for serving
Chopped peanuts and cilantro for garnish (optional)
In a small mixing bowl, stir together the dressing ingredients; set
Over high heat, bring a large pot of water (salted with 1 tablespoon
coarse salt, if desired) to a boil. Place the beans and carrots in a
metal strainer that will fit into the pot of boiling water. Lower the
strainer (with the vegetables) into the water and let them cook for 2 to
3 minutes. Turn off the heat. Using a towel to hold the handle, remove
the strainer, rinse the vegetables thoroughly with very cold water, then
drain well. Leave the pot of water on the stove.
Transfer the vegetables to a large mixing bowl. Add the peanut dressing
and the red pepper pieces; stir to combine.
Add a little more hot water to the pot on the stove and turn the heat to
high. While waiting for the water to boil, peel the potatoes and cut
them into1/2-inch-thick slices lengthwise, then cut them in
1/4-inch-thick slices lengthwise from the other side. Finally, cut
potatoes crosswise into thirds, making little sticks. Add the potatoes
to the boiling water, cover loosely and cook for 8 to 9 minutes, until a
knife can pierce the potatoes easily, but are still firm. Drain potatoes
and add them to the bowl with the other ingredients. Using a wooden
spoon, stir to coat all ingredients with the dressing.
Serve warm or at room temperature. For a nice presentation, place the
potato salad on top of shredded napa cabbage and garnish with chopped
peanuts and cilantro, if desired.
Makes 12 2/3-cup servings (about 8 cups of salad).
Nutrition information per serving: about 222 cal., 0 mg chol., 183 mg
sodium, 6 g pro., 11 g fat, 27 g carbo.