This was *really* good. Made a huge batch, enough to feed probably 7 hungry men. Or lots of leftovers for us! I found it in a Bon Appetit magazine and made my own adjustments.
The prep takes a while, so it's a good do-ahead or potluck type thing. Just don't cook the rice noodles ahead- they will dry out.
Make the dressing in a food processor or blender:
4 or more cloves garlic
1/4 C soy sauce
1/3 fresh lime juice (it took 1.75 limes for me to squeeze that much)
2 TB sugar (I used brown sugar)
1 TB peanut butter
2 tea grated ginger
1.25 tea hot chili paste "sambal oelek"
1/4 C veggie oil
Prep by slicing, cutting, or pulling apart:
3 C shredded purple cabbage
1 C grated carrot
1/2 C thinly sliced red onion
1 cucumber, halved then thinly sliced
handful of basil leaves, sliced
Mix the chicken, cabbage, carrot, onion, cuke, basil in a large bowl. Drizzle most of the dressing in and mix. Serve on a bed of cooked rice noodles (3 minutes in boiling water) and top with 1/3 C roasted salted peanuts, chopped.