Citrus Chicken Salad

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In Thailand, Som Tam, or green papaya salad is a dish you'll find on restaurant menus and in home kitchens around the country.  It's also a staple in Thai restaurants here in the U.S.  It originated in northeast Thailand, where fresh papaya is abundantly available.  Trader Joe's Citrus Chicken Salad is our version of this iconic salad.

Traditionally, Som Tam is pretty spicy, and while ours has a little kick, it's definitely more on the mild side.  Trader Joe's Citrus Chicken Salad begins with a bed of shredded cabbage and julienned carrots, joined by shaved daikon radish, and of course, sliced green papaya.  We've added grilled chicken to ours, for a boost of flavor and protein, and topped the mélange with fresh cilantro, green onion, and a wedge of lime you can squeeze over the salad before you dress it.  Speaking of dressing… the dressing here is an authentic Thai recipe with sugar for a touch of sweet, lime and Nam Pla for sour, and chilies to give that little kick we promised.

Citrus Chicken Salad makes a good, low-cal lunch or dinner for one.  The entire 8.75 ounce container, including the dressing, has a mere 220 calories and 2.5 grams of fat, yet provides 13 grams of protein.  That's a WOW!  You'll find it in our refrigerated case for $3.99, every day.

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