Last week we took a little drive to Breckenridge to get out of the house and spend some time together. It’s a nice drive that isn’t very far from us and it’s very pretty. We looked around for a little bit when we got there and then went to lunch at our favorite restaurant in Breckenridge, Downstairs at Eric’s.
Downstairs at Eric’s is a family oriented sports bar that has arcade games in the lobby and a very diverse menu with options for everyone. It’s not loud, like some sports bars are, so it’s easy to visit while you’re there. The food is good and we’ve never gotten a meal that we didn’t like. The biggest problem is trying to decide what to order since there are so many options.
I was undecided about several different choices for lunch and finally decided on a Thai Chicken Salad. Our waitress warned that that dressing was pretty spicy and added that it was served on the side. I like spicy, so I went ahead and ordered the salad.
The Thai Chicken Salad is “grilled, marinated chicken breast on a bed of crisp romaine with bean sprouts, cashews, mandarin oranges, green onions, carrots and a side of peanut thai sauce”. As our waitress had told us, the dressing was pretty spicy. It was also very flavorful! I LOVED the salad! I have to say that it’s one of the best salads I’ve had in a really, really long time. The flavors were perfect together and the mandarin oranges added just the right amount of sweetness to offset the spicy dressing. It was wonderful!
I decided that it would be easy to replicate the salad, it could be used as a main dish or a side, and it would be quick to make. Basically, you need crisp romaine lettuce (as much as you would like), some bean sprouts (about 1/2 cup per serving), sliced green onions (about 1 per serving), about 1/2 small can mandarin oranges per serving, a little grated carrot, and some cashews to sprinkle on top. Pretty simple! Just assemble it as you would any salad. You could easily have it without the chicken and you could also add other ingredients to taste. It’s all up to what your preferences are, but I do have to say that the mandarin oranges were instrumental in my enjoyment of this salad!
The most important part of this Thai salad is the dressing. I looked at a lot of recipes for it and this one from MyRecipes for Thai Salad with Peanut Dressing seems the closest. Their recipe for the salad itself is different, but as I said earlier, you can add or subtract anything you want to make this to your taste.
I hope you enjoy!