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Sunday, August 28, 2011

Asian Chicken Salad: Your Recipe, My Kitchen

This week was my first experience of getting ready for a hurricane in Florida.  As it turned out, we were completely by-passed by Irene, but it served as a time for me to prepare a bit.  I now have ready to eat foods like soup, nuts and shelf stable milk, a 55 gallon barrel full of water, fresh batteries in all the flashlights and a plan for evacuation if needed.

The weather stayed hot and mostly sunny here in Jacksonville.  So instead of sitting in candlelight eating cold soup, we were in the bright sunlight eating salad.  My kids love dinner salads.  Fill a simple bag of salad with meat, lots of flavor and something crunchy and they clean their plates.  Taco salad is a favorite.  Asian salad is now another favorite.   I found the inspiration for this salad at Average Betty's blog.  I say "inspiration" because my end salad really looks nothing like hers.   I did get the idea for the dressing from her, though.
Asian Chicken Salad (unrecognizably born from Average Betty's version)
1 large bag iceburg lettuce/red cabbage/carrot shred mix 
2 cups chopped cooked chicken
1 package ramen, crushed into very small pieces (throw out the seasoning packet)
any other vegetables that you would like to add
Dressing
1/3 cup vegetable or olive oil
1/4 cup white wine vinegar
3 Tbsp soy sauce
1 tsp Chinese 5 Spice seasoning
1/4 tsp Tabasco sauce (or other hot chile sauce)
1/2 tsp garlic powder
2 Tbsp agave nectar
dash ground black pepper
Whisk the dressing ingredients together in a small bowl (or better yet, shake them in a glass jar with a tight fitting lid).  Combine the other ingredients in a large salad bowl and then toss with the dressing.  Let sit for about ten minutes and then serve.



36 comments:

Quirky Jessi said...

Ya know, I really should start using those ramen packages for stuff like this. I don't like using the seasoning packages anyway and I think they'd add a nice bit of crunch to salads. And hey, they're so cheap!

Simply Taunya said...

LOVE this recipe! I found you on VB...look forward to browsing your site further.

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mamawolfe said...

This looks good...I've made something similar and my kids loved it!
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Claire @ Claire K Creations said...

Glad you escaped the hurricane. That salad looks delicious. I'm not a fan of lettuce salads but this one looks like it's got enough other goodies in it to please me.

Tough Cookie Mommy said...

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Ann said...

Kristen - this salad sounds delicious! It sounds like you're well prepared for hurricane season...we do that every year. A necessary pain in the patootie, but you'll be glad if you ever need it!

GREAT recipe!

Tiffanee said...

Glad the storm did not hit your area, but it is always a relief to be prepared. Love the loooks of this salad.

Joanne said...

Well, I'm glad to hear that you were over-prepared rather than under-prepared! This was my first time preparing for a hurricane also...which is to say I did absolutley nothing other than buy a case of water and a jar of peanut butter. :P This salad looks delicious! I love the Asian flavors!

Apron Appeal said...

I've gotto get me some chinese 5 spice - and learn how to take a decent picture of salad. I love salad.

Tina said...

Living in Florida does require some hurricane preparedness! I used to live by Pensacola.
The salad sounds good with the ramen noodles in it-unique! Nice asian twist.

The Mom Chef said...

First, I'm glad that the storm passed you by and I do hope that there will never be a reason for you to use those supplies!

The salad does look delicious. The five-spice powder drew me in. I love that stuff. :)

Christine said...

Yum! glad to hear you're safe as well!! I'm your newest follower from the voiceboks hop! -Christine @ Why We Love Green http://whywelovegreen.blogspot.com

Vimitha Anand said...

Perfect appetizing salad recipe..

Kelly @ Eat Yourself Skinny said...

What a great recipe, this looks delicious!! :)

Prathima Rao said...

Glad your doing fine Kristen...And this salad looks yummy & appetizing!!
Prathima Rao
Prats Corner

Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. said...

This looks like a great salad! I live just a couple of hours from you in Tallahassee and it was a relief not to be in the path, but it's so dry here and the air is filled with smoke. Wish we would have gotten at least a little bit of rain!

Shannon Milholland said...

Mmmm - sounds super yummy! Thanks for sharing!!!

danasfoodforthought said...

Salads are my go to for quick dinners also! I love taco salad, and will have to give this asian version a try!

Bev said...

For so long now I've wanted to get in the habit of making salad dressings like this recipe. They go together quickly so I really have to stop making excuses and start making some tasty homemade dressings. Thanks for sharing this idea!

Tamar1973 said...

This recipe reminds me of an Asian chicken salad recipe my grandmother use to whip up for herself whenever she had leftover boiled chicken in the house.

The only significant difference is she used those crunchy La Choy chow mein noodles. I should have told her to use ramen instead since it's cheaper.

Katrina {In Katrina's Kitchen} said...

This is one of my all-time favorite salads! Congrats of Top 9!! ;)

mywanderingspoon said...

So good:)
Love the salad and use of ramen noodles. Salads are perfect for dinner and it is so nice that your kids love to eat them:)

Sandra said...

Congratulations on Top 9! And you can't be too prepared. Glad all is well.

Sandra said...

Congratulations on Top 9! And you can't be too prepared. Glad all is well.

Drick said...

now this is the kind of food you want to fix after a hurricane, cool and refreshing, esp since you will be without power....unless you are lucky to have a generator...
do I have your email? I want to send you a page from my cookbook, a comical way in which I prepare for hurricanes...

Sandi said...

Great recipe & I can appreciate your blog title, so cute!

Nutmeg Nanny said...

What a delicious and super flavorful salad!

vianney/sweet life said...

that's great that your prepared hurricanes are always so tricky. great salad..i have been craving ramen lately,even went to buy a few pkg to make a lucinda scala quinn recipe..thanks for another great option!

Eileen said...

Glad to hear Irene missed you. Congrats on making FB top 9! That salad looks so tasty.

Monet said...

Congrats on Top 9...and this salad looks yum! Thank you for making me smile before I head off to work. I hope you are having a beautiful Wednesday morning. As always, it was a pleasure to visit!

Dan said...

The salad looks great. I really like salad, but I usually don't consider it a comfort food. However, adding ramen noodles makes a big difference in that department.

Ann from Sumptuous Spoonfuls said...

I've made this before! My sister gave me the recipe ... it's so quick and very yummy.

Amee said...

Love this recipe!!! Thanks so much for sharing on Fit and Fabulous Fridays! I can't wait to try this chicken salad. YUM!

Spanish Pinay said...

This is just on time. This looks delish. Hubby started his diet these past few days due to high cholesterol and I am just going crazy thinking of our daily recipes that is healthy and will be liked by the whole family as I don't want to cook different meal for each member. Thanks for the recipe!

I'm glad I've stumbled upon you from voiceboks' members to remember event :)

Spanish Pinay

thehippygardener said...

mmMMmmMM....that looks super good. I'll be making this real soon.

I'm glad I found your blog through voiceBoks. I'm a new follower now. :)

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