May 2, 2013

Asian Chicken Salad with Lime Ginger Dressing

This week I picked up my 4th box of Gruber Farm CSA goodies. I thought last week’s box had a lot of greens, but holy moly, look at this one! I was so happy to see those beets and berries. I can’t get enough of local berries.

I still had leftover cabbage from last week, so I used it up to make this refreshing summery salad. The dressing is what makes this salad so wonderful. It’s zippy, tangy, and sweet. You’ll like it so much, you may want to double it!

Asian Chicken Salad with Lime Ginger Dressing

  • 1 lb. chicken breast, cooked, then shredded
  • 1 head of cabbage, chopped
  • 2 large carrots, grated
  • 1 jalapeno, chopped
  • juice of 2 limes
  • 2 tbsp. sesame oil
  • 2 tbsp. rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp. freshly grated ginger
  • 2 tsp. sugar
  • fresh basil
  • fresh lemon verbena (or mint)
  • 1/4 cup almonds, chopped or slivered
  1. In a large bowl, toss together the shredded chicken, cabbage, carrots, and jalapeno.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the lime juice, sesame oil, vinegar, ginger, and sugar.
  3. Drizzle dressing over the salad and toss. Serve with herbs and almonds. Serves 4.

This is a pretty light salad that’s actually very filling from the full serving of protein you get from the chicken. There’s a lot of crunch — an essential element of all the salads I make. Lemon verbena is a (new to me) herb that I picked up at Whole Foods. It’s great to use for marinades or dressings on poultry or chicken. It’s very light and citrusy and just smelling it puts me in a good mood. I bet
eating it lifts your spirits even more! 😉IMG_4348

What’s your favorite type of vinaigrette or salad dressing? What’s an essential salad ingredient for you? I love crunchy almonds and blue, feta, or goat cheese!

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  • This sounds delightful! I always forget how good cabbage can be in a salad – especially one with these types of flavors. Yum 🙂

    • exactly! just the right amount of crunch!

  • itzyskitchen

    I was so so excited for this recipe! My kind of salad. nom nom nom

    I usually like italian or asian inspired dressings. Definitely nothing creamy.

    Favorite add ins? Oh gosh…I love adding fruit, seeds, cheeses, and noodles!

  • Sam @ Better With Sprinkles

    Another couple of weeks until berry season up here…I can’t wait!

    Feta or goat cheese is an absolute must in a salad. I also like adding chunks of roasted or baked sweet potato!

    • so soon! ooh sweet potato, interesting.

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin

    I love the looks of this salad!
    And I love cheese in my salad too – especially feta or Applewood smoked cheddar. Roasted butternut squash is also great too!

    • applewood smoked cheddar sounds awesome right now…

  • Nichole

    Oh, I want to put this in little lettuce wraps. YUM!

    Chinese noodles in a salad give it a fun crunch, but feta and some balsamic are what I love.

    • HA! i have “rice wraps” on my grocery list right now… i want to make those next.

  • Natalie Mason

    That looks amazing. Every year I want to do a CSA and never do you are inspiring me to jump on for the next round!

    • you really should! it’s fun and supports the community. 🙂

  • Favorite vinaigrette is raspberry! But I think you already knew that 😉 I also love the goat cheese + strawberry combo on my salads. Avocado goes well with that combo too.

  • Yes yes yes- this looks all kinds of good! Lime and ginger? Yes, please!

  • This looks amazing! Question about the sesame oil: should I use toasted or untoasted? Thank you!

    • i would use untoasted. great question, thank you!

      • actually, either is fine! just your preference.

  • Ashley Hrovat

    Geez, I need to get on the CSA bus. I’d love to have a random box of vegetables to play with!

    My latest dressing obsession is quick and easy- yellow or dijon mustard thinned out with agave nectar. So simple.

    An essential salad ingredient for me is a variety of greens (I love a bit of spicy arugula or some cabbage for crunch!) and probably avocado, especially in the summer months.

    • yes, you should! it’s so much fun! i love avocado in my salads too. 🙂

  • Erin Turner

    I always add roasted red peppers to my salads- and mushrooms. This looks incredibly delicious. I already planned out my family meals for the coming week, but I am adding this to the following week’s menu!

  • I love toasted sesame ginger. Its my absolute fav!

    • gingers love ginger. you know i was a baby ginger right?

      • Prove it next TBT!

  • Mary Krulia

    YUM! Definitely want to try this!

  • Those dressing ingredients are some of my favorites to use! I like to use a similar combo (with soy sauce) as a marinade too. Soo good.

  • i NEEEEEED to make this salad.

  • and OH! my fave salad dressing is either the oriental dressing at saladworks or ken’s oriental sesame dressing.

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