Healthy Chinese Chicken Salad
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This healthier version of a classic salad makes a great lunch or dinner, especially in the warmer months. The salad dressing is rich and flavorful thanks to the use of pecan butter.
Recipe type: Entree
Cuisine: Chinese
Serves: 4 servings
Asian Pecan Dressing
  • ¼ cup pecan butter (see post above for Pecan Butter Options)
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1½ teaspoons soy sauce or gluten-free tamari
  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil (see post above for Oil-Free Option)
  • 2 tablespoons warm water, plus additional as needed
Chinese Salad
  • 4 ounces dried thin rice noodles
  • Cold water
  • 4 cups chopped romaine lettuce
  • 4 cups chopped iceberg lettuce
  • 1 cup mandarin oranges
  • ½ cup crispy wontons (omit or sub more pecans for gluten-free)
  • ¼ cup toasted and chopped pecans
  • 2 scallions, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds
  • 2 cups rotisserie chicken breast, chopped (see post above for Plant-Based Option)
Asian Pecan Dressing
  1. In medium bowl, whisk together the pecan butter, rice vinegar, honey, soy sauce or tamari, and sesame oil and until smooth.
  2. Add the 2 tablespoons warm water and whisk until incorporated. Add additional water, 1 teaspoon at a time, as needed, until the dressing reaches a pourable consistency.
Chinese Salad
  1. Cook the rice noodles according to package instructions. Once cooked, drain and transfer to bowl with cold water to keep from sticking.
  2. In a large bowl, toss the romaine and iceberg lettuces, mandarins, wontons, pecans, scallions, bean sprouts, and sesame seeds.
  3. Divide the salad among four plates. Top each with ½ cup chicken and serve with dressing.
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