Asian Chopped Salad with Sriracha Roasted Cashews

This is an older recipe from Foraged Dish and I wanted to give it an update. Same recipe!

Have you tried these cashews yet?

If your answer is yes, you’re probably now thinking, “I should make those again this week.” If your answer is no, what are you doing?! Hop to it!

We joked that I should sell those cashews rather than sharing the recipe … but here we are. And I’m going to give you one more reason to make them yourself: a fresh, crunchy salad that will make a great potluck dish or light lunch.

What’s in the bowl: I used to call this a “slaw,” but that word never quite hit the nail on the head. “Slaw” is short for coleslaw, which is usually a cabbage-based salad dressed with mayo. That’s nowhere near what this salad is. While still a cabbage-based salad, this bowl is also full of other veggies, like bell peppers, carrots, radishes, and bok choy (basically a big bowl of crunch!). Cashews sprinkled on top add to that crunchy, and the whole thing is dressed with an orange-sesame vinaigrette. (I’m crazy about toasted sesame oil, the flavor is out of this world and a little bit goes a long way).

Asian Chopped Salad with Sriracha Roasted Cashews

Published April 16, 2019 by
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Serves: 6   |    Active Time: 20 minutes



Ingredients:


For the salad:
  • 2 cups thinly sliced purple cabbage
  • 1 red pepper, sliced in thin strips strips
  • 1 carrot, julienned
  • 1/2 cup daikon radish, julienned
  • 1 heaping cup bok choy, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup Maple-Orange Sriracha Roasted Cashews
  • Optional: 2 tablespoons minced cilantro

  • For the vinaigrette:
  • Juice from 1 medium orange
  • 2 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce

  • Directions:

    1. Pour ingredients for vinaigrette in a jar. Place lid on jar, and shake.
    2. Chop vegetables, and place in a large bowl. Drizzle with about 1/3 of the vinaigrette, and toss. Top with cashews.
    3. Serve, adding more vinaigrette to taste.

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    Maple-Orange Sriracha Roasted Cashews

    Maple-Orange Sriracha Roasted Cashews

    “Snack break,” in this house, is the moment we are mid TV show and pause for everyone to go refill their plates (if we’re eating dinner), get something to drink, or get a—yes, you guessed it - snack.

    One of our snack break regulars is roasted nuts. We almost always have nuts in the pantry: Usually one those big tubs of roasted mixed nuts from Costco or Thai Chili Cashews from Trader Joe’s — we LOVE LOVE LOVE those. I once told a cashier there that I mostly go to Trader Joe’s just for those cashews. It’s a passion. 🤣

    What’s EVEN BETTER is home-roasted cashews. If you haven’t made my roasted maple chai-spiced cashews, put it on your list, now,  right after “Maple-Orange Sriracha Roasted Cashews.” Go on, write it down.

    They are crunchy. They are a little bit spicy (but not too spicy, just Sriracha-spicy). They are sweet, and with a little bit of orange zest, they are fresh. And complex. And just the best.

    Maple-Orange Sriracha Roasted Cashews
    Maple-Orange Sriracha Roasted Cashews

    I originally discovered them when I made this Asian Slaw in 2014 (oh how the blog …and my photography skills… have changed since then). The rest is history. Now, when I find myself at home with a bottle of sriracha, an orange, maple syrup and some cashews, this is what I do. I know that sounds like a rare aligning of the stars, but actually, it happens all the time. (In fact, I could make a fresh batch right now!)

    It’s about time I shared this snack with you, too!

    Maple-Orange Sriracha Roasted Cashews

    Published January 31, 2019 by
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    Serves: 4   |    Active Time: 30 minutes



    Ingredients:

  • Zest of 1 orange
  • 2 tablespoons Sriracha
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons avocado oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups whole raw cashews

  • Directions:

    1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Prep a sheet pan with parchment paper.
    2. Whisk together the maple syrup, sriracha, orange zest, avocado oil, and salt in the bottom of a medium sized bowl. Place the cashews in the bowl, and toss until completely covered. Spread the coated cashews out on a baking sheet in a single layer. 
    3. Bake for 15-20 minutes, turning them with a spatula halfway through (10 minute mark). Allow cashews to cool.
    4. Great as a snack! Can also be served on this Asian Slaw.

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    Maple Sriracha Barbecue Chicken Kabobs

    Update: This is an older recipe from Foraged Dish but still a good one! I updated it on 1/1/2019 (happy new year!) to make it easier and more clear. Plus — new pictures, and a video!

    Maple Sriracha Barbecue Chicken Kabobs

    One of the very first recipes on this blog was a homemade sriracha sauce. It — to my surprise - was it’s own small kind of hit. I was even asked if it could be included in a little magazine! It was the year of sriracha. The sauce was EVERYWHERE and I got lucky. You don’t, however, need to make your own sriracha to make these kabobs. In fact, the sauce here is as easy as adding 4 ingredients to a bowl. Sriracha, garlic, maple syrup, and coconut oil.

    From there you can basically do whatever you like. I use chicken, bell peppers, red onion, and zucchini but you could easily swap in steak or shrimp, and replace the veggies for something else grill-friendly, like yellow squash, mushrooms (I LOVE grilled mushrooms!!), or even little cubes of pineapple. (If you like grilled pineapple, try these sweet and spicy barbeque shrimp & pineapple skewers).

    Maple Sriracha Barbecue Chicken Kabobs
    Maple Sriracha Barbecue Chicken Kabobs

    Compared to other hot sauces, sriracha is not very spicy — it’s a little sweet, in fact. This, combined with some maple syrup, turns into an ultimate grilling glaze. It comes out as a sweet and spicy kabob. Make some extra sauce for dipping, sprinkle with cilantro, and serve with a lime wedge if you have it. Make a complete meal by serving over a bed of rice!

    Most people would tell you that kabobs are a perfect BBQ, potluck, picnic, camping dinner. But I — crazy me - made these in January while it was snowing. 🤪❄️Watch for snow flake over the grill in the video below!

    Maple Sriracha Barbecue Chicken Kabobs

    Published January 3, 2016 by
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    Serves: 4-6   |    Active Time: 45 minutes



    Ingredients:

  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/3 cup sriracha sauce
  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 pound chicken breast, cubed
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 green bell pepper, diced into bite-sized pieces
  • 1/2 red onion, diced into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 zucchini, diced into bite-sized pieces

  • Directions:

    1. Add garlic, sriracha, coconut oil, and maple syrup to a medium or large sized mixing bowl and stir to combine.
    2. Add chicken, bell peppers, onion, and zucchini to bowl and stir to coat in sauce.
    3. Assemble kabobs: put chicken and veggies on metal or wooden skewers, alternating ingredients (ex: chicken, bell pepper, onion, chicken, zucchini, etc).
    4. Heat grill to high. Place kabobs on hot grill and cook for 12 minutes with lid closed, turning every 5 minutes and brushing with any extra sauce.
    5. When juices run clear and chicken is cooked through, remove from heat. Garnish with cilantro and serve hot.

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