Chinese Chicken Salad Dressing

Making a fridge cleanout soba salad with this dressing (including some chicken, shiitake mushrooms, and the last of the lettuce, cabbage, some carrots, and mint and cilantro in the fridge), so I thought I'd move this post over to the new blog today. :)

So Chinese Chicken Salad was invented in an era in our culinary timeline in which anything that had soy sauce in it was considered Asian and everything Asian was thought to be Chinese.

Its now somewhat politically incorrect and obsolete title aside, the reason it's still served in restaurants all over the country today is that, well, it's yummy.

For tonight's Bigass Salad Dinner, I'm making our Chinese Chicken Salad with:

- the last of the chicory greens left over from our Korean sashimi dinner two weekends ago
- the last of the bean sprouts in the fridge
- one large carrot, peeled and julienned
- half of the weekly roasted chicken breast
- an avocado
- some deep fried wonton skins
- chopped green onions and cilantro
- toasted sesame seeds

all dressed with some

Chinese Chicken Salad Dressing
Makes a little over 1/2 cup.
Time: About 10 minutes

- 1/4 cup soy sauce
- 2.5 Tablespoons sugar
- 2 Tablespoons water
- 1.5 Tablespoons distilled white vinegar
- 2 Tablespoons minced shallot or onion
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder or 1/2 teaspoon grated fresh garlic
- 1/8 teaspoon ginger powder or 1/4 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
- 1.5 Tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1 Tablespoon toasted sesame oil

Mix all ingredients except oil in a bowl until all sugar is dissolved, adjust seasoning if needed (it's easier to taste the dressing before the oil is added), then whisk in the oil.

To make this a super easy weeknight meal, buy yourself a packet of mixed salad greens, some of those La Choy Fried Chow Mein Noodles, a rotisserie chicken, green onions and cilantro, maybe some bean sprouts if you're so inclined, come home, take 10 minutes to make the dressing, throw everything together in a Bigass Salad Bowl, toss, and enjoy a light, healthful and delicious dinner!

Enjoy. ^^


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