Mandarin Chicken Salad

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!

Mandarin Chicken Salad | 2CookinMamas A light summery salad with sweet tangerines, edamame, red peppers & rice noodles tossed in a light honey-soy dressing. #salad #recipe

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.

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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.

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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. 🙂

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Here’s to healthy summer salads and lookin’ good! Enjoy!

MANDARIN CHICKEN SALAD
Total Time
30 mins
 
Lighten up with this Asian-inspired Mandarin Chicken Salad filled with oranges, edamame, lettuce & rice noodles & tossed with a light ginger-soy dressing.
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Linda Warren
Ingredients
Dressing
  • 2 Tablespoons soy sauce (tamari for gluten-free)
  • 3 Tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ginger, minced
  • 2 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
  • 1-2 teaspoons Thai-style chili sauce
  • 1 clove garlic, minced or 1/2 teaspoon
  • 1 Tablespoon honey
  • Salt & pepper to taste
Salad
  • 4-5 mandarins or tangerines
  • 1 rotisserie chicken
  • 3 cups iceberg lettuce, chopped (almost an entire head)
  • 1 cup broccoli-carrot slaw
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1/2 cup cilantro, chopped
  • 1/2 cup edamame or snow peas
  • 3 green onions
  • 1/3 cup sliced almonds
  • 2 cups maifun rice noodles, cooked
  • 1/3 cup peanuts, chopped (reserve 2 Tablespoons for sprinkling on top)
  • Garnish: 1/4 cup toasted sesame seeds, chopped cilantro
Directions
Dressing
  1. In a medium bowl, whisk all ingredients together. Store in refrigerator until ready to use. Just before pouring on salad, whisk once more.
  2. You can make this dressing up to 2 days before. It will keep in refrigerator for 2 days.
Salad
  1. Make just prior to serving.
  2. Mix all ingredients in a large bowl, except the noodles, 2 tablespoons of peanuts and the toasted sesame seeds. Pour in dressing to your taste and toss. Add noodles, toss again, sprinkle on toppings and serve immediately.

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Lighten up with this Asian-inspired Mandarin Chicken Salad filled with oranges, edamame, lettuce & rice noodles & tossed with a light ginger-soy dressing. #healthysalad #salad #chicken #asianflavor #oranges

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4 Comments

  • Reply
    Natalie @ Obsessive Cooking Disorder
    04/06/2016 at 12:14 pm Ahhh it's bikini season! I actually rarely go to the beach but Im going to a beach for reals (for my honeymoon!) so I need to look good - time for more salads :O Love the asian twist
    • Reply
      Linda Warren
      04/09/2016 at 4:55 pm We're always worried about bikini season here in Florida but when we can eat salads like this it's no problem. Congrats on the wedding! And I'm sure you'll look fabulous!
  • Reply
    Liz @ The Clean Eating Couple
    04/07/2016 at 11:34 am WOAH this looks delish!! Would have never thought to pair all of those ingredients together, but it looks super yummy :) Love salads that are jam packed with everything!
    • Reply
      Linda Warren
      04/09/2016 at 4:56 pm Thanks Liz! Hope you get to give it a try.

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