Monday, July 6, 2009

Mandarin Chicken Salad


I went to lunch at the Great Dane several weeks ago and tried a salad I have been eyeballing forever. And wow, what took me so long?? The salad had grilled chicken, fried wonton noodles, tomatoes, mandarin oranges, sweet peas, and a healthy dose of salad greens. So, craving the salad just a day later, I decided to attempt to re-create it at home!

This salad was SO tasty, and hit the spot on a very hot day, and came together in a snap. Ingredients are easy to come by and pretty inexpensive too. Definitely add this as one of your weeknight meals this summer!

Ingredients for 2-3 entree sized salads:

  • 1 boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • Teriyaki Sauce
  • Iceberg lettuce or mixed greens
  • Snap peas (I had them from the farmers market)
  • 2-3 green onions, cut on an angle
  • 1/2 carrot, diced
  • Mandarin oranges (the small can), drained
  • 1/4 c. Chow mein noodles (I used La Choy because they were easy to find)
  • Handful of sliced almonds
  • Your favorite asian-inspired dressing. I used Makoto Ginger Dressing, and also like Kraft's Toasted Sesame dressing


Directions:

  1. The night before, marinate chicken in Teriyaki sauce
  2. The day of, heat a grill or grill pan on medium high heat. Grill chicken until cooked through, cool, then slice chicken at an angle
  3. Toss lettuce, peas, onions, carrots, oranges, chow mein noodles, almonds
  4. Portion into plates, top each salad with with chicken, add dressing on salad - just enough to lightly coat the salad. Serve immediately!

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