Just think of all the money you are saving by making this one at home.....This is one of those salads that you can hardly finish before you're plotting when you can get some more. If you think you love Asian salad, try this one with buttery chunks of avocado, refreshing bits of orange, crunchy bits of won ton and salty peanuts, cooling cilantro and cucumber, and protein rich chicken on a bed of crisp greens. The dressing is light and healthful, with a strong sweet and sour flavor with hints of soy and ginger. It's so good for you, you can go ahead and eat double servings. It's so delicious, you might even want more than that. I couldn't wait to share it today. But only on my blog. Because if I had to really share it, I might turn out to be a selfish hog. But a selfish healthy hog.
Tips: Be sure to make this when the avocadoes are on sale for $1 each.
Save money by poaching your own chicken-bone in works fine here. If oranges are pricey, turn to the canned variety.
Asian Chicken, Orange, and Avocado Salad with Ginger Soy Dressing
Estimated Cost: $7.00 for four servings
Notes: Use any cooked chicken, but I think grilled chicken would be especially good. I used plain poached chicken for ease. I poached extra to make chicken salad in a few days. 8 fresh won ton or 6 egg roll sheets
1 tablespoon sesame seeds
8 cups chopped romaine lettuce
2 cups chopped cooked chicken
1 large orange, peeled, or canned mandarin oranges
1 large avocado, peeled, pitted and chopped
1/2 cup chopped cilantro
4 green onions, cut into 1 inch pieces
1/3 cup roasted salted peanuts
Ginger Soy Dressing: Recipe Below
Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Coat won tons with spray and cut into strips. Bake on foil lined cookie sheet until crispy, turning once, about 8 minutes; sprinkle with sesame seeds. On serving plates, layer greens, chicken, cucumber, oranges, avocado, cilantro, scallions, peanuts, and won ton strips. Drizzle with dressing and serve.
Ginger Soy Dressing:
4 tablespoons rice vinegar
4 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 generous teaspoon grated fresh ginger, or 1/4 teaspoon dried ginger
2 tablespoons canola oil
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
pinch of salt
Whisk all dressing ingredients in a small bowl.
Homemade New Fashioned Buttermilk Ranch Dressing
Don't pay for the bottled stuff anymore....