Lighten up with this Asian-inspired Mandarin Chicken Salad filled with oranges, edamame, lettuce & rice noodles & tossed with a light ginger-soy dressing. And it’s gluten-free too!
The days are getting warmer, the sun is shining brighter and I start thinking of vacation and looking my best to hit the beach. In my mind that means more healthy food on my plate, like this Mandarin Chicken Salad, fresh fish and lean meats and cooling smoothies rather than the cold weather comfort foods.
And don’t get me wrong, I love my comfort foods, but when summer hits, salads taste so good – they’re cool, fresh and have nice tangy flavors that just make your taste buds come alive. And with less heavy foods on my stomach, I feel more energetic and have a much more positive outlook.
Some of my favorite salads that I love to bring back at this time of year are Hearty Quinoa Salad, Strawberry Chicken Salad and my Red, White and Blue Salad. Even when I dine out, I tend towards ordering salads like my favorite Thai Chicken Salad at Houstons Restaurant. This Mandarin Chicken Salad recipe is quite similar, having a distinctive Asian flavor, but is lighter as it stays away from the peanut dressing and is tossed in a sesame oil-soy ginger mix.
The rice noodles in the salad are a nice change of pace and give it a little more substance than just a tossed salad. And who doesn’t like tangerines or mandarin oranges? That is just the icing on the cake for me as I am definitely a fruit-loving person. I was going to say fruity person but that just didn’t sound right. 🙂
Here’s to healthy summer salads and lookin’ good! Enjoy!