Last weekend my husband, Lila and I went to the beach. We ended up eating lunch at a restaurant Brickhouse. It’s one of those places that kind of has a little bit of everything. Wyatt got their Chinese chicken salad and it was really great. (I got a lamb and goat cheese burger, but this isn’t a burger recipe.) After lunch I got the idea to start making more salads. I love a salad at a restaurant, but not at home. At home I typically just do spring mix and chicken and dressing. It is so BORING. I decided to do my own Chinese chicken salad, and thought lettuce, chicken, dressing. I was bored of it before we ever even got to the grocery store. So I decided to challenge myself to step up my salad game. I am so so glad I did. This salad was super easy and so delicious we ate it twice.
This easily fed both Wyatt and I (with Lila having a little) and we had leftovers. But if you’re feeding a family of 4 or more just double up or more. I am so excited to share this with ya’ll. I’ve already had to share it with my bestie Annabelle. Wyatt said it is easily as good as the one he had at the restaurant, and I’m so excited. I wanted to make a restaurant style salad, so that I would enjoy a salad at home
For the base of the salad I did about 3 generous handfuls of a spring mix. If you have something else on hand or just a different preference, I’m sure it would work too. Wyatt takes salad to work everyday for lunch, so we always have a big container of spring mix on hand. Then I added roughly two cups of a coleslaw mix. I was looking for just a bag of precut cabbage and this is what I could find. You could definitely cut your own cabbage, but then it would be more time consuming.
Then I added all the great toppings. I started with about a half cup of shredded carrots. I love the crunch. The bag of cole slaw I used for cabbage also had some carrots in it so I didn’t need to add too much. Then I added about 1/4 a cup of chopped cilantro. We love cilantro, so you could adjust this to your preference. I just did a rough chop and it was perfect. At the grocery store on the salad dressing aisle, I found these bags of wonton crisps and fried onions. Now these definitely take away some health properties, but they also give the salad that awesome crunch that made it so enjoyable! I just added around a handful of each. Just enough for some crunch in every bite.
For the dressing I added some store bought peanut sauce. Ours was House of Tsang, Bangkok Peanut Sauce, but any would be perfect. This is pretty thick, so I tried to do a light drizzle, but it ended up a few thick clumps. All of this worked fine once I tossed the salad. I was able to drizzle the delicious dressing though. I used the Kraft Lite Asian Toasted Sesame. It was so so good. I even used it as a marinade for the chicken. After adding some sliced grilled chicken I tossed it all together with some tongs and it was ready to be served. Like I said this salad is so easy, and it would be even easier if you have some leftover chicken or even just a rotisserie chicken. Even with cooking the chicken, it only took me about 15 minutes from the start to plating.
I am so excited for you to try my Asian Chicken Salad. I hope you enjoy it as much as we did. If you make any adjustments to it please let me know in the comments. Or if you have a favorite salad that I should try next tell me in the comments. Salads are so great for this HOT Texas summer!