Chinese Chicken Salad with Peanut Dressing

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For those of you that have gone through this process, you know what I’m talking about.  Between work, home, blogging and editing, I’m not sleeping much.

I found myself out and about at 5:00 today without anything purchased and ready for dinner.  So I ran by the grocery store and purchased items to make up a light and tasty salad for dinner. Although there are quite a few ingredients for this salad, it’s so quick and simple to prepare – plus it packs a punch. Leftovers tomorrow will be fantastic.  In fact, I may just wrap this up in a tortilla for lunch – yum, that sounds great!

I think this salad would be wonderful served at a luncheon and with the addition of pea pods, sliced on the bias or even some brocolli slaw.  Don’t get me wrong, I loved it the way it was, but I wouldn’t mind adding even a bit more color and nutrients to the dish.

If you’re a fan of salads and peanut butter – this dish is for you……

Chinese Chicken Salad

Ingredients:

Salad:

  • 12 won ton sheets
  • 4 chicken breast halves, grilled
  • 4 cups shredded iceberg lettuce (1 full head)
  • 2 cups shredded red cabbage (1/2 a head)
  • 2 large carrots, grated

Dressing:

  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/8 cup rice wine vinegar
  • 1/8 cup canola oil
  • 1/8 cup dark sesame oil
  • 1/8 cup fine sugar
  • 1/8 cup hoisin sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon Sriracha (Asian Chili Sauce)
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons fresh ginger, minced
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • Cilantro, chopped

Directions:

  1. Salad: Cut won ton sheets into 1/4 inch strips wide. Spray with non-stick spray and bake at 425 degrees about 10 minutes or until golden brown.
  2. Grill or broil chicken breasts - cut into strips. If preferred use a Roasted Chicken, shredded - set aside.
  3. Combine lettuce, cabbages, carrots, and chicken strips and set aside.
  4. Dressing: Combine first 8 ingredients in food processor (I use a mini one) and blend well. Add peanut butter and process all ingredients together until smooth.
  5. Serve: Plate lettuce mixture - garnish with cilantro, sesame seeds, peanuts and wontons. Drizzle peanut dressing over the top and serve.

Note: Dressing can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.

Enjoy!!!