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Oriental Chicken Salad

This amazing oriental chicken salad is packed full of spring mix lettuce, grilled marinated chicken, mandarin oranges, sliced bell peppers, toasted cashews, cilantro, and crispy wontons all topped with a delicious honey ginger soy dressing! This salad will quickly become your new favorite!
Servings: 6 -8

Ingredients

For the honey ginger soy dressing:

  • 2 TBS minced fresh ginger
  • 2 TBS minced garlic
  • 1/3 cup sesame oil
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1/3 cup rice vinegar
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup water

For the Oriental Salad:

  • 6 cups spring mix lettuce
  • 2 cups baby spinach
  • 2-3 large chicken breast
  • 1 cup thinly sliced carrots
  • 1 cup mandarin oranges
  • 1 cup sliced red and green bell pepper
  • 1/2 cup cashews
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1 cup wonton strips

Instructions

  • Combine all the ingredients for your honey ginger soy dressing in a small (about 1 pint) glass jar. Stir together.
  • Microwave for 1 minute to allow the honey to dissolve and stir again.
  • Cover and place in fridge to cool before serving.
  • Shake before serving.

For the Oriental Salad:

  • Marinate your chicken in 1/2 cup of your honey ginger soy dressing for about 1 hour.
  • Cook on the grill, or in saute pan until chicken is cooked throughout (165 degrees!)
  • Slice chicken and set aside.
  • Heat your cashews in a small saute pan over medium heat for about 5 minutes until they start to turn a nice golden brown color. Remove from heat and set aside.
  • Heat about 1 inch of vegetable (or canola) oil in a small pan over medium high heat.
  • Place a few wonton strips in the pan at a time to fry on both sides, remove from heat and place on a paper towel to get excess oil off.
  • Place lettuce in a large bowl, top with chicken, carrots, mandarins, bell peppers. Toss together.
  • Pour dressing over the top and toss.
  • Top each individual plate with cashews, cilantro and wonton strips.