Thai-Vietnamese Salad Bar Supreme

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 40 min
  • Prep: 20 min
  • Cook: 20 min
  • Yield: up to 6 servings
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Salad Bar:

3 hearts Romaine lettuce, chopped

1 sack (10 ounces) mixed baby greens

2 cups fresh bean sprouts, any variety

1 cup thinly sliced daikon or red radishes

2 cups shredded carrots, available prepped in plastic bags in produce case

8 scallions, sliced on the bias

1/2 seedless cucumber, sliced in 1/2 lengthwise, thinly sliced

1 pint yellow or red grape tomatoes

1 red onion, quartered and thinly sliced

1 bunch fresh mint leaves, trimmed

1 bunch fresh basil leaves, trimmed

2 (2-ounce) packages chopped nuts, found on baking aisle

8 slices almond toast or anisette toast, (recommended: Stella D'Oro) cut into 1-inch pieces

1/4 cup tamari dark soy sauce

2 tablespoons vegetable oil, eyeball it

4 to 8 thin cut chicken cutlets, depending on size

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

1 pound mahi mahi

1 ripe lime

Peanut Dressing:

3 tablespoons white vinegar or rice wine vinegar

1/2 cup white grape juice concentrate or apple juice concentrate

3 tablespoons peanut butter

2 inches fresh ginger root, grated

1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper

1/2 cup vegetable oil

1 tablespoon chopped nuts (from salad bar)

Chili Garlic Sweet Hot Dressing:

3 tablespoons white vinegar or rice wine vinegar

1/3 cup pepper jelly, available on condiment aisle

2 cloves garlic, finely chopped

1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

2 teaspoons hot chili oil

1/2 cup vegetable oil


  1. Arrange salad bar ingredients in serving dishes and bowls as you prep them: romaine, baby mixed greens, bean sprouts, daikon radishes, carrots, scallions, cucumbers, tomatoes, red onions, mint leaves, basil leaves, nuts and sweet almond or anise "croutons". 
  2. Heat a grill pan over medium high heat. 
  3. Combine soy and oil in a shallow dish. Add chicken and turn to coat. Season chicken with salt and pepper. Drizzle fish with oil and season with salt and pepper. Grill chicken 3 minutes on each side. Cut chicken into strips on an angle and pile onto a serving plate. Grill fish 4 to 5 minutes on each side, until opaque. Squeeze lime over the fish and break into chunks as you transfer it to a serving plate. Combine all ingredients, except oil, for peanut dressing in a blender. Blend for 30 seconds, then open lid and continue dressing by streaming in oil. Transfer dressing to a serving dish and sprinkle the dressing with a spoonful of nuts from your salad bar to garnish the dish. 
  4. For garlic dressing, whisk vinegar, jelly, garlic, black pepper and chili oil together. Stream in vegetable oil while continuing to whisk. When the oil is incorporated, transfer dressing to a small dish to serve.