Healthy RV Eating: Thai Chicken Salad Recipe

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Well, it’s been 24 hours since our RV, “Das Bus” pulled away for the last time, with the new owners behind the wheel. I’ll admit it, James and I are a little lost today. Before he left on his 70+ mile bike ride this morning, he asked, “Can you make that yummy Thai chicken salad today?” It’s definitely a summer version of a “comfort” food, so I’m pretty sure that’s why he requested it…needing a little comfort as we adjust to life post-Das Bus.

Healthy Easy Chicken Salad Recipe

Picnicking in the empty RV port…I know, a little weird, right?

The salad is quite popular here at The (RV-less) Fit RV headquarters. Incredibly flavorful and filling, and yet so nutrient-dense you’re left satisfied and satiated without the guilt of typical comfort food.

And since you don’t cook a thing in this recipe, it’s also a great option for making in the RV. I especially love that we get about 3 meals out of it, since it makes 6 hefty servings. Prep once for 3 meals, now that’s my kind of healthy RV cooking.


Healthy Thai Chicken Salad Recipe

Salad Ingredients:

  • 1 bag (14 oz) coleslaw cabbage mix
  • 1 can (13 oz) shredded chicken breast (or 1 2/3 cups grilled & shredded chicken)
  • 1 bag (10-12 oz) frozen shelled edamame (AKA “mukimame”)
  • 1 whole cucumber, diced
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro
  • 1/2 cup chopped cashews (optional, could even use peanuts)

Healthy Easy Thai Salad Recipe RV

Dressing Ingredients:

  • ½ cup natural peanut butter
  • 1/3 cup rice vinegar
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • Optional (if you like it spicy): 1-2 tablespoons Thai Chili Garlic Paste



1. Toss all the salad ingredients together in a large bowl.

Healthy Easy Thai Chicken Salad Recipe

2. In smaller bowl, whisk all sauce ingredients together.

Healthy Easy Thai Chicken Salad Recipe 1

3. Pour sauce over salad, toss well, and serve.

Healthy Easy Thai Chicken Salad Recipe

And here’s the finished product, sitting on our kitchen counter in our house. But, it’s MUCH tastier in an RV…sigh…

Healthy Easy Thai Chicken Salad Recipe


After 15 years as an educator in both the public K-12 setting and the University level in Special Physical Education, Stef made the leap to her true passion… the fitness world. She’s currently a personal trainer and wellness coach specializing in seniors, medical conditions, and injuries. Stef loves running, cycling, and being “Mugga” to her two favorite mini-humans — Punky and Marshmallow. ❤️

    13 thoughts on “Healthy RV Eating: Thai Chicken Salad Recipe

    1. Rubi Kaur

      I made this tonight almost exactly as the new directions say. I had baked chicken left over from Sunday dinner so I used cooked chicken instead of raw. I just added the chicken and the rice a little later. It was not too thick at all. In fact just perfect. I love soup. Will be a family favorite.

        1. Donna

          Forgot that I used a package of grilled checken purchased from the refrigerator section at the grocery store. Easy and delicious salad.

    2. Ted

      Hi Stef,

      I’ve been thinking that if you’re heading out to Pomona again this year it might be worth driving a little further south to visit a farm stand called “The Vegetable Shop” run by the Chino Farm.

      This place may not look like much but for a long time they have been exclusive suppliers to some of the top restaurants in the country and have become sort of a national clearinghouse for growing and testing new strains of produce.

      So if you’ve ever wanted to cook like Alice Waters from “Chez Panisse” or Thomas Keller from the “French Laundry” this is the place to go. Much has been written about them including a long gushing article in the New York Times. I’d advise not to pepper them with too many questions about what’s for sale since they’ve been known to become annoyed (this is understandable since they grow up to 40 varieties of tomatoes, so who wants to memorize all of that). Instead, just buy what looks good and prepare to be surprised.

      I once picked up cherry tomatoes from them that had a rich deep smoky flavor that was very surprising. If you’re lucky you can pick up their tiny french strawberries before the local chefs snarf them all up.

      Oh, I nominate the name “Limoncello” for the new rig.


      1. Stefany - Post author

        This is a FANTASTIC idea for an RV trip Ted! Thanks for the info, I’d actually love to check it out, and you’re right, our trip to Pomona would be a perfect time.
        “LIMONCELLO”!!!! I love it! The first time I had limoncello was during an amazing summer spent in Greece with two girlfriends…oh the memories. So, yeah, I have a good association with that name, lol.

    3. Velda Solomon

      Sympathy on the adopting out of DA Bus! Stef, what do you think of rotisserie chicken except for its high sodium? Might be able to get a warm meal first night with the chicken, then after supper strip the meat and bag up for salad the next day.

      1. Stefany - Post author

        Velda, I do that all the time! Whole Foods has a super awesome rotisserie chicken I like, and they seem to be located all over. I only suggested canned in the recipe because it’s so much easier on the road. 🙂


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