A friend of mine has been making this dish she calls "Thai Pasta Salad" for as long as I can remember. Just about every time we see each other, she makes it because she knows how much I love it. Finally I got the recipe from her and started making it for myself. The recipe makes a big bowl which is perfectly sized for a potluck. It can be served hot or cold, and chicken can be added if you wish to serve it as a main dish. I prefer it cold, sans chicken. I make a batch for the two of us, and we eat it for several days, which is a big treat at my house. Essentially, it is very similar to Pad Thai.
Thai Pasta Salad
8 oz. chopped peanuts
1 Tbsp. minced garlic
1/4 c. olive oil
1 bunch green onions
12 oz. cabbage (coleslaw) mixture
3/4 c. peanut sauce
1/4 c. light soy sauce
1 pkg. cooked spaghetti noodles
1 lb. cubed cooked chicken (optional)
In a large pot, saute' olive oil, chopped peanuts and minced garlic. Add chopped green onions and cabbage mixture. Stir and cook until completely coated with oil and cabbage is slightly softened. Do not overcook, causing the cabbage to be soggy.
In a separate bowl, mix peanut and soy sauces.
In a very large bowl, combine cooked chicken, cooked spaghetti noodles and cabbage mixture. Pour sauce over top and toss until thoroughly coated.
May be served as a hot main dish or chilled as a side salad.