Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Chicken Salad with an Asian Flava

I wrote that title at like 9 in the morning to remember what I was doing and I've decided to leave it there for shits and giggles.  We like salad for dinner, it fills you up good and you can eat a whole ton of it if you want to.  Here's what we did!

Grab your chinese cabbage, fluffy purple lettuce you're going to forget to put in like I did, tomatoes, onion, red pepper, carrot, oranges and cucumber.  The soy sauce, ginger, and garlic are for the dressing which I will post the recipe for at the end.  There's sesame seeds too, don't want them to feel left out, already heard enough complaining from the chicken.

Now I'd be a big liar if I said I made this salad, because today's chef is none other than a squishable little 7 yr old.  Here is Bellamy showing you how it's done!
You'd think some of that cheese would have gone into the salad. 

 Her masterpiece!

Now all you do is plate this beauty and drizzle it with a little of the dressing you'll find at the bottom, sprinkle on some sesame seeds and you will end up with this:
That's a whole lotta delish going on.

Or! If you're like Bellamy, you will end up with this:
The Backyardigans plate is of the utmost importance if you want to replicate the delicacy of this dish.  So is the ranch dressing.

You know what to do at this point...just shove it in your face.

1 head Chinese Cabbage
1 Red Bell Pepper
1 Onion
1 Carrot
Half of a Cucumber
4 Plum Tomatoes
2 Fat Little Oranges
Chopped up Chicken
Chop, slice and dice everything up how you'd like it.  Throw it all together in a big bowl, drizzle with dressing and top with sesame seeds.

1/4 Cup Balsamic Reduction (recipe follows)
1 Tablespoon Soy Sauce
1/2 Teaspoon Minced Pickled Ginger (you can use fresh as well)
1 Garlic Clove, minced or pressed
1 Teaspoon Olive Oil
5 Drops Siracha, chili paste, or other hot sauce of your choosing

Combine all ingredients, whisk well.

Balsamic Reduction 
1/3 C of Balsamic Vinegar
1/4 C of Sugar  

Combine and bring to a boil.  Simmer for 5 minutes until reduced by half.
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Joost said...

So cute!

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