Recipe: Sesame Chicken Salad with Mandarin-Ginger Vinaigrette
Looking for a tasty lunch or simple weeknight dinner? Try this Asian-inspired chicken salad that’s light, yet full of tang and natural sweetness.
Think you need dozens of ingredients and hours in the kitchen to create a delicious meal? Our Sesame Chicken Salad begs to differ.
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Proof that simplicity and satisfaction are anything but opposites, this Asian-inspired salad is loaded with flavor and a snap to make. The bed of Napa cabbage, kale and carrots offers crunch and loads of nutrients. Cilantro, scallions and sesame seeds up the flavor ante.
For the vinaigrette, you pull out all the stops, but even those are quite simple. A combination of fresh mandarin orange juice, lime juice, toasted sesame oil and ginger create tang and natural sweetness. Enjoy for lunch or as a simple weeknight dinner.
For the salad:
2 6-ounce boneless, skinless chicken breasts
6 cups shredded napa cabbage
2 cups torn kale leaves
2 mandarin oranges, peeled and sliced into rounds
1 carrot, shredded
3 scallions, thinly sliced
½ cup fresh cilantro leaves
1 tablespoon sesame seeds
For the vinaigrette:
3 tablespoons fresh mandarin orange juice
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
½ teaspoon kosher salt
Makes 4 servings.
245 calories, 7 g total fat, 1 g saturated fat, 23 g protein, 30 g carbohydrate, 12 g dietary fiber, 9 g sugar, 0 g added sugar, 41 mg cholesterol, 382 mg sodium
Source: Developed by Sara Quessenberry for Cleveland Clinic Wellness.