Easy Make Ahead Picnic!
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If you're looking for a make-ahead picnic meal, give a Vietnamese Chicken and Mint Salad a try. I think you'll be pleased.
Recipe type: Salad
Serves: 8
  • 400 grams chicken tenderloin (tendon removed)
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 tsp fresh ginger
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp lime juice
Vietnamese Salad Dressing
  • 4 Hot red chilli seeded and finely chopped (save a few slices for salad garnish)
  • 4 large cloves of garlic finely grated
  • 8 tbsp sugar (1/2 cup)
  • 6 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 12 tbsp lime juice (180 ml)
  • 6 tbsp fish sauce
  • 6 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 4 tsp grated fresh ginger
  • Freshly ground black pepper
Vietnamese Salad
  • 400 grams cabbage finely shredded (we used sugarloaf)
  • 2 medium carrots shredded, julienned or grated
  • 2 stalks celery finely sliced
  • 1 red capsicum (sweet red pepper) finely sliced
  • 1 green capsicum (green pepper) finely sliced
  • 1 fat bunch of mint (approx 80 grams) stemmed weight finely chopped (save a few leaves for garnish)
  • ¾ cup roughly chopped roasted peanuts
  • ½ cup finely chopped shallots - spring onions (only the green ends)
  1. Mix garlic, ginger, soy sauce and lime juice and coat chicken pieces. Marinate for 15 minutes but no longer than an hour.
  2. Just before you're ready to serve, cook in a hot grill pan until just done. It should only take a few minutes on each side. Don't overcook chicken.
Vietnamese Salad Dressing
  1. Combine all ingredients in a large measuring cup and stir well to combine and set aside while you make the salad.
  2. Make the dressing second so the flavors have a chance to develop while you're slicing and dicing.
Vietnamese Mint Salad
  1. In a large bowl combine the cabbage, carrot, celery, peppers and mint.
  2. Set aside while you cook the chicken.
  3. Add dressing just before serving.
  1. Place salad on serving plate and garnish with whole mint leaves, chopped peanuts and chilli slices.
  2. Arrange chicken pieces on top of salad and drizzle dressing over salad and chicken
Recipe by Orgasmic Chef at https://orgasmicchef.com/salads/easy-make-ahead-picnic/