Cooking for my friends is one of my favorite things to do! There are a couple of staple dishes that I love to make for small events or casual parties. My Chinese chicken salad is up there as one of those repeat dishes that my friends always ask for. I have fun working with all kinds of fresh vegetables for this one, especially after a trip to the farmers market!
If I had to think of one word to describe this salad, it would have to be refreshing! You won’t have to worry about a food coma with this recipe.
The key to this salad is using all kinds of lettuce and salad varieties. It’s too easy to get lazy with all of the pre-cut, bagged lettuce out there these days. Texture is everything when you’re building a salad! Let’s not forget how beautiful it’ll all look with so many different colors happening in the bowl. 😍
My favorite part about this salad is that you can roast your chicken (or buy a rotisserie chicken if you’re pressed for time 😉) the night before and then throw the rest of the dish together in 15 minutes. You could prepare the whole salad and keep it in the fridge until you’re ready to dress it and serve. I promise, you’ll love how simple this recipe is.
- 1 cup Carrots, shredded
- 1/2 Napa cabbage, thinly sliced
- 1/2 Red cabbage, thinly sliced
- 1 cup Bean sprouts
- 1/2 pound Sugar snap peas, thinly sliced
- 2 Handfuls watercress
- 1 Head baby romaine, chopped
- 1 Head gem lettuce, chopped
- 1/2 cup Peanuts, crushed
- 1/4 cup Sesame seeds
- 1 Whole chicken, roasted and sliced
- 2 Garlic cloves, peeled and crushed
- 2 teaspoons Fresh ginger, grated
- 1/4 cup Seasoned rice wine vinegar
- 1/4 cup Soy sauce, preferably tamari
- 2 tablespoons Red wine vinegar
- 2 tablespoons Sesame oil
- 1/4 cup Lime juice
- 2 teaspoons Organic sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon Salt
- 1 cup Canola oil
- In a medium sized bowl, whisk together all dressing ingredients except for the canola oil. Slowly drizzle in canola oil until dressing reaches desired consistency.
- Combine all salad ingredients and rest sliced chicken on top. Sprinkle sesame seeds. Drizzle dressing all over and toss before serving. Voila!
I hope you take my word for it an switch up your lettuce and other greens! Trust me, it makes a huge difference.
On an exciting side note, my spring cabaret show is right around the corner on March 19! Get your tickets here. I hope to see all of your beautiful faces there. My talented friend Richard Skipper and I can’t wait to hit the stage together for an unforgettable night!
Like always, I’d love to hear your thoughts on this easy Chinese chicken salad recipe. It’s always a hit with my friends and I’m sure it will be for you too. 🥗