Friday, June 24, 2011

Citrus Asian Chicken Salad

This salad is a great meal with delicious flavor! It's very summery and I love the citrus flavor it has to it! I served this on a weeknight and it was very easy to prepare. The original recipe called for spinach and cabbage, but I prefer Romaine lettuce in my salads so I did a mix of all 3 but you could easily substitute your preferred type of lettuce. This salad could also easily be adapted to specific likes or even just what you have on hand. I didn't have cilantro or peanuts to I omitted cilantro and added cashews instead. You could also add in some chopped celery to add a little more crunch. This salad served at a potluck or as a main dish is a healthy recipe that we enjoyed! I served this salad with my whole wheat pretzel bites, but you could make some homemade rolls to serve this with also! The salad filled my husband and I up and there was a portion left over for me to have for lunch the next day. We also didn't use all the dressing in this salad so I saved it in a container in the fridge. When I wanted to use it again, I let it sit on the counter for a few minutes and it liquefied into a dressing texture again. Enjoy! 

2-3 chicken breasts, skinless and boneless
3 Tbsp olive oil
2 Tbsp fresh lime juice
1 Tbsp cilantro, chopped fine (optional, I left out) 
1 tsp salt and pepper
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
1/2 C olive oil
1/4 C fresh lime juice
1 Tbsp grated lime peel
3 Tbsp white wine vinegar
1/4 tsp chili powder
2 Tbsp sugar
1 tsp salt and pepper
Combination of shredded Napa Cabbage and baby spinach and Romaine lettuce 
2-3 carrots, shredded
1 bunch cilantro, chopped (optional) 
1/2 C chopped cashews or peanuts 

Cut chicken breasts into chunks.  In a bowl combine 3 Tbsp olive oil, 2 Tbsp lime juice, 1 Tbsp cilantro(if using), cayenne, salt and pepper.  Add chicken and marinate for 30 minutes.  Heat pan and saute chicken until cooked through.  Set aside to cool.
In a bowl mix together the 1/2 C olive oil, 1/4 C lime juice, lime peel, vinegar, chili powder, sugar, 1 tsp salt and 1 tsp black pepper.
In a large bowl,  add together cabbage, spinach, Romaine, carrots, cilantro, chicken and nuts. Add in dressing to lettuce mixture just before serving and toss. 



  1. This looks great! (Yay I can finally comment!)

  2. YAY! so glad you were able to comment! : ) Let me know how it turns out if you make it!