Chicken and Mandarin Salad with Simple Sesame Dressing


Happy Saturday, everybody! I hope your weekend is off to an excellent begin. I wished to take just a few moments to share a salad I made this week with a few of the leftovers in my kitchen. It all began with the double batch of Simple Sesame Dressing that I made for my Roasted Broccoli Salad earlier this week. Despite being pretty cheap, I didn’t need that dressing to go to waste. So, I paired it with a can of mandarin oranges which were in my pantry FOR-EV-ER, one of many avocados I picked up on a post-cinco-de-mayo sale, and a part of the rotisserie rooster that I’d been nibbling on all week. The flavors and textures got here collectively superbly on this sweet-salty-creamy-and-crunchy Chicken and Mandarin Salad.

I’m positive not everybody could have the identical leftovers that I had, so I wish to provide just a few alternate substances that I believe would work effectively. Instead of tender child greens you should utilize finely shredded cabbage, and even bagged coleslaw combine. Not a fan of canned mandarin oranges? Try a diced mango as an alternative. No sliced almonds? Try some chow mein or damaged up ramen noodles for crunch as an alternative.

Chicken and Mandarin Salad with Simple Sesame Dressing

Chicken and Mandarin Salad with Simple Sesame Dressing

 

Total Cost: $5.20

Cost Per Serving: $2.60

Serves: 2

Ingredients

SIMPLE SESAME DRESSING

  • 2 Tbsp mild or impartial oil* $zero.08
  • 1 Tbsp rice vinegar $zero.12
  • Four tsp soy sauce $zero.13
  • 1 tsp toasted sesame oil $zero.11
  • 1 Tbsp brown sugar $zero.02
  • 1 tsp grated contemporary ginger $zero.04
  • ½ Tbsp sesame seeds $zero.04

SALAD

  • 6 cups salad greens** $1.25
  • 11oz. can mandarin oranges $zero.77
  • 1 rotisserie rooster breast $1.50
  • ¼ cup sliced almonds $zero.50
  • ¼ small pink onion $zero.14
  • ½ avocado $zero.50

Instructions

  1. Prepare the dressing first, so the flavors have a couple of minutes to mix. In a small bowl or jar, whisk collectively the oil, vinegar, soy sauce, toasted sesame oil, brown sugar, ginger, and sesame seeds. Set the dressing apart.
  2. Slice the pink onion very thinly and soak the slices for a couple of minutes in ice water to take the sting off. Drain the can of mandarin oranges. Slice the avocado and chop the rooster breast.
  3. To assemble the salads, place about Three cups of salad greens in every bowl or plate. Top with mandarin orange segments, chopped rooster, sliced avocado, and some slices of the soaked pink onion. Give the dressing one final whisk after which drizzle it over the salads. The dressing is potent, so begin with a small quantity and add extra as wanted.

Notes

*Use a light-weight flavored or impartial oil, like canola, grapeseed, or an untoasted sesame oil.

**This salad works with a wide range of salad greens, and even very thinly sliced cabbage.

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This meal-worthy Chicken and Mandarin Salad boasts sweet mandarin oranges, creamy avocado, crunchy almonds, and homemade sesame dressing. BudgetBytes.comThis meal-worthy Chicken and Mandarin Salad boasts sweet mandarin oranges, creamy avocado, crunchy almonds, and homemade sesame dressing. BudgetBytes.com

Step by Step Photos

Simple Sesame DressingMake the dressing first, so the flavors have a couple of minutes to mix (it is a double batch pictured). In a small jar or bowl, whisk collectively 2 Tbsp mild or impartial oil, 1 Tbsp rice vinegar, Four tsp soy sauce, 1 tsp toasted sesame oil, 1 Tbsp brown sugar, 1 tsp contemporary grated ginger, and half Tbsp sesame seeds.

Soak Red OnionsHere’s a very useful trick for pink onions, which is usually a bit robust typically (I really like their taste, however they are often over powering and typically give me a abdomen ache). Slicing them VERY thinly might help stability their robust taste with the remainder of the meals you’re consuming (huge chunks or thick slices = potent). Soaking them for about 5 minutes in ice water additionally actually takes the sting or the chew off the onion. 

Spinach BagYou can use nearly any salad inexperienced for this, however I selected this mixture of child greens (as a result of I’m additionally going to make use of it in pasta and a few for smoothies). Salad greens could be costly when you’re shopping for the small baggage, however bigger baggage or tubs of greens are often a lot much less per pound. It’s onerous to inform on this photograph, however this bag is about Three-Four instances the scale of an everyday bagged salad.

Chicken and Mandarin Salad dryTo construct the salad, place about Three cups of salad greens to every giant bowl or plate, alongside chopped rotisserie rooster breast, sliced avocado, mandarin orange segments, a few of the sliced pink onion, and about 2 Tbsp sliced almonds per salad.

This meal-worthy Chicken and Mandarin Salad boasts sweet mandarin oranges, creamy avocado, crunchy almonds, and homemade sesame dressing. BudgetBytes.comGive the dressing one final whisk, then drizzle it over the salad. Go slowly and add extra if wanted after stirring the salad.

This meal-worthy Chicken and Mandarin Salad boasts sweet mandarin oranges, creamy avocado, crunchy almonds, and homemade sesame dressing. BudgetBytes.comAnd that’s it! This Chicken and Mandarin Salad could be essentially the most epic “leftover” meal I’ve ever made. 😀