Saturday, March 27, 2010

chinese chicken salad

We had this yummy salad for dinner the other night. It's another family favorite. It's time to buy more cashews though. Ella stands in the pantry and eats them with a spoon from the jar. I hated cashews as a kid! I know there are a lot of recipes for this salad, but this one is the simplest (surprised?), best tasting and healthiest I've found. I found the original dressing recipe was way too sweet for us, so I altered it a bit. Enjoy!

1 head romaine lettuce, chopped*
2-3 chicken breasts, cooked
1 small can mandarin oranges (reserve juice)
1/4 bag or 1/2 can chow mein noodles
cashews, chopped

1/4 c. canola oil
4 tsp. rice vinegar
1 tsp. soy sauce
1-2 T. sugar or 1 T. honey
2 T. juice from mandarin oranges
2-3 green onions, chopped
sesame seeds, roasted (heat in saute pan until light brown)

Combine dressing ingredients and let sit while preparing salad mix.

Cut chicken breasts into small pieces. Combine with lettuce and mandarin oranges. Add desired amount of salad dressing to salad mix. Top with chow mein noodles and cashews.

*I cut the lettuce once or twice down the center lengthwise and then in small strips crosswise.


  1. If you're so inclined, try putting fresh pea pods in it. Now, if you're like some people, you'll crinkle your nose and say, "No, thank you!" Your choice. Love the photo - yummy all the way.

  2. I say, "Yes please." Sounds great.