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Asian Chicken Salad with Honey Sesame Dressing

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Asian Chicken Salad

Is it ironic and kind of funny for me to post this when I am actually in Asia?

Especially since it isn’t exactly authentic, and I certainly couldn’t find this anywhere here in the Taipei while waiting for the next leg of our flight to Macau. However, it is jam packed full of wonderful flavors that I think of as Asian: cilantro, sesame, edamame, avocado and cucumber. I also added tender lettuces and ribbons rainbow carrots as well as shredded poached chicken.

Asian Chicken Salad

The dressing is a delicate combination of shallot, honey, rice wine vinegar and sesame oil, and compliments all of the clean delicious vegetables so nicely.

This is a great option for a light summer dinner or for lunch. I could really go for this right now. I am so jetlagged that the words I am writing are swimming in front of my eyeballs right now.

Asian Chicken Salad

Pia did so well on the airplane. She slept 7 hours on her own and then woke up and entertained herself with movies and an i-pad. What a saintly little child. I wish I did as well! Whaaaaaaahhhh!!!! I just want my bed!!!

Asian Chicken Salad

We just raided the Hello Kitty store with my dad. Um, at 7:30 AM local time there was a long line and it was cranking. As Pia said, it was “Hello-Kitty-Tastic!”

Then we had wonton soup and steamed dumplings. Pia ate a dozen herself. Between Hello-kitty and the won-tons, she has already settled right in here in China.

She keeps saying that this is the best day of her life. I am trying to relish in her joy as a diversion to my jet lag and old aching body.

Ok, to make this salad, this is what you do:

In a large bowl, combine the vegetable ingredients in a large bowl.

In a small bowl, combine all of the dressing ingredients and season to taste.

Asian Chicken Salad

Toss the salad with the dressing and pile on a platter. Shred the chicken over the top and sprinkle with sesame seeds and serve.

Asian Chicken Salad

Recipe: Asain Cicken Salad with Honey Sesame Salad

Ingredients

  • -5 cups lettuce
  • -2 cups red cabbage thinly sliced
  • -1 avocado, peeled, pitted and sliced
  • -3 carrots ribboned (peels of ribbon done with a carrot peeler)
  • -1 cucumber, thinly sliced
  • -½ cup edamame beans (shelled)
  • -½ cup loosely packed cilantro
  • -1 large breast of chicken, poached
  • -Sesame seeds for garnish
  • Honey Sesame Dressing
  • -1 shallot minced
  • -1 tablespoon honey
  • -¼ cup rice wine vinegar
  • -2 Tablesoons Sesame oil
  • -1/2 teaspoon sesame seeds
  • -kosher salt

Instructions

  1. 1. In a large bowl, combine the vegetable ingredients in a large bowl.
  2. 2. In a small bowl, combine all of the dressing ingredients and season to taste.
  3. 3. Toss the salad with the dressing and pile on a platter. Shred the chicken over the top and sprinkle with sesame seeds and serve.

Preparation time: 10 minute(s)

Cooking time:

Number of servings (yield): 4

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22 Comments

  1. THAT is seriously gorgeous. I cry.

  2. Kelley Taylor says:

    Gorgeous, Gorgeous, Gorgeous salad! And please keep us up to date with your travels in China. Your trip sounds amazing, and I, for one, can’t wait to hear more about it.

  3. Well, authentic or not, this salad is beautiful! I can only imagine how great it tastes.

    Safe travels!

  4. marla says:

    I love salads filled with tons of goodies. This is so pretty! by the way, I can’t believe you are in China! How exciting :)

  5. Kristin says:

    Asian Chicken Salad is one of my favs and this recipe sounds great – look forward to making this soon! It is funny you posted this and you are actually in Asia! haha.
    So cute about Pia saying “This is the best day of my life!”

  6. susan says:

    what a wonderful experience to be having with your daughter. Hello Kitty, at any age, would be a great day!

  7. TidyMom says:

    I wish I had this for lunch today! It looks incredible Heather!!

    Have a fabulous trip!

  8. I love this salad! The colors are so beautiful. Enjoy your trip!

  9. It is funny that you’re posting an Asian-inspired recipe while you’re in Asia..hey, if anything, that makes it MORE authentic, right? ;) Your salad was beautifully assembled! I’m impressed by how clean, crisp, refreshing and nutritious it looks! Not to mention the great Asian flavor!

  10. gorgeous!

    • Thanks! I always love a good pretty salad!

  11. Oh, I could dive into that salad bowl right about now — I’m in need of some great greens.

  12. Beautiful recipe. Love the phtography. I will make this next.

  13. Bonnie McKee says:

    Cannot wait to try this salad! I have looked for such a recipe, especially for the dressing! I have eaten many good Asian inspired dressings at restuarants, but have not been happy with recipes I’ve tried at home.