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California Pizza Kitchen Thai Crunch Salad Recipe
California Pizza Kitchen Thai Crunch Salad
By Todd Wilbur

Recipe Type: Salad
Calories: 470
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Recipe Rating: 5.0 (4 reviews)

Menu Description: "Shredded napa cabbage, chilled grilled chicken breast, julienne cucumbers, edamame, crispy wontons, peanuts, cilantro, julienne carrots, red cabbage and scallions tossed with a lime-cilantro dressing. Topped with crispy rice sticks and Thai peanut dressing."

You can plan ahead for this amazing salad clone by first grilling the chicken and chilling it, then preparing the cilantro-lime dressing and the peanut sauce in advance. The menu description says that the salad is topped with "crispy rice sticks," but they look to me like crispy bean threads, cooked in a flash when dropped into hot oil for a few seconds. The crispy wontons are made from frying thinly sliced wonton wrappers in the same hot oil. For the edamame (soybeans), look in the frozen food section, and if they're still in their pods, be sure to take them out before measuring and tossing them into the salad. Once you've got everything chilled and chopped, building each dish is a breeze, and you'll have four huge dinner-size salads that will each be enough for an entire meal.

Source: "Top Secret Restaurant Recipes 2" by Todd Wilbur.

Lime-Cilantro Dressing
1/2 cup vegetable oil
Submitted on: 09/24/06
This salad is absolutely awesome! Everything keeps for awhile too as long as you don't mix it together until you are going to serve it/eat it. It really did taste just like the one at California Pizza Kitchen!
Submitted on: 04/10/06
The dressings were great. Added water chestnuts which worked out well. A really good salad!
Submitted on: 04/04/06
This salad was fantastic. I omitted the fried wontons, fried noodles, and vegetable oil in the lime-cilantro dressing to lighten it up. It was still great!
Submitted on: 03/28/06
It is awesome. The family loved it.