Chinese Chicken Salad

Chinese Chicken Salad

A salad can be a great option if you want to keep your meal light and healthy. Whenever, we think of tossing a salad, we always go for the usual olive oil-vinegar dressing and a number of fresh veggies and leafy greens. This might be a little tiring for the taste buds at some point of time. So why not give Asian touch to the salad and pleasure our palate with authentic oriental flavors. Ground chicken makes a delicious and succulent base for the salad and pairs up with the other crispy vegetables like celery, green onions and lettuce to make it a riveting experience altogether. However, it is the dressing, made out of rice vinegar, soy sauce and peanut oil which enrich the salad with an Asian essence and delivers a playful tangy stroke. Use of crispy noodles and toasted wantons add to the crunch and make it more Chinese. The walnuts and sesame also plays their role in complimenting the fresh savory taste of the salad with their subtle nutty tang. Chinese chicken salad can be enjoyed just like that or makes a great side at the same time. Simply serve it with a roasted meat or fish and enjoy the delectable outcome when east meets west.

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb ground chicken, browned and seasoned
  • 1 head lettuce, coarsely chopped
  • 4 celery stalks, finely sliced
  • 4 green onions, sliced
  • 6 oz Chinese noodles, heated until crisp
  • 16 wonton wrappers, shredded and toasted
  • 2 tbsp sesame seeds, toasted
  • ½ cup walnuts, chopped
  • 4 tbsp white sugar
  • 4 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • ½ cup peanut oil

Instructions:

  1. Put the chicken, veggies, walnuts, noodles, sesame seeds and toss them well to mix.
  2. Dissolve the sugar in a mixture of vinegar and soy sauce and slowly add the oil while stirring the dressing continuously with the other hand.
  3. Pour the dressing into the salad and toss it until the former coats every ingredient of the salad.
  4. Top the salad with the toasted wantons and serve before they turn soggy.