Chopped Chicken Salad with Asian Peanut Dressing

Asian Salads are one of my favorite mostly because of the dressing! This dressing is light and bursting with flavor. This salad makes the perfect lunch or dinner with all of the vibrant colors—you can’t help but be happy when you eat it! Despite all of the wonderful veggies and toppings of choice, the dressing is still the best part about this salad. It is creamy (hint the peanut butter), and loaded with fresh citrus, garlic and the salty-ness from soy sauce—but not too salty because I used low-sodium.

Not a fan of chicken? Top it with steak. Not a fan of meat? Top it with shrimp! You can create this salad the way you like. I used peanuts and crunchy Chow Mein noodles for an added crunch.

Chopped Chicken Salad with Asian Peanut Dressing

Chopped Chicken Salad with Asian Peanut Dressing

This salad is loaded with plenty of texture, nutrition and most of all—FLAVOR!

Ingredients

Asian Peanut Dressing:

 

½ cup creamy peanut butter

2 tsp orange zest.

½ cup freshly squeezed orange juice

2 Tbsp. rice vinegar

1 Tbsp. low-sodium soy sauce

1 Tbsp. honey

1 tsp. fresh ground ginger

1 small garlic clove; finely chopped

Salt and red pepper flakes to taste

White sesame seeds to sprinkle on top

 

Chopped Chicken Salad with Asian Peanut Dressing:

1 Tbsp. canola oil

2 skinless, boneless chicken breasts

½ tsp salt

½ tsp. black pepper

1 tsp garlic powder

¼ tsp ground ginger

1 tsp. low-sodium soy sauce

4 cups romaine lettuce; shredded  

1 red bell pepper; chopped

1 cup red cabbage; shredded

½ cup shredded carrots

¼ cup salted peanuts

½ crunchy Chow mien noodles

Instructions

  1. For the dressing:In a microwavable safe-small bowl, melt the peanut butter for 15-30 seconds until runny. Whisk in the remainder of the ingredients and whisk until all ingredients are well combined. The dressing should be slightly runny.
  2. For the Chopped Chicken Salad: Heat a medium frying pan to medium heat and add oil. Season chicken with salt, pepper, garlic powder and ginger on both sides. Add chicken to frying pan and let cook on each side until brown about 5 minutes. Add soy sauce to pan and let cook until chicken is completely cooked and not pink in the middle. Once chicken is cooked, let it rest until you are ready to mix it in with your salad.
  3. For your salad: in a medium bowl, add romaine lettuce, bell peppers, cabbage, carrots, peanuts and crunchy noodles. Dice chicken and add on top of the salad. Drizzle the fresh Asian peanut dressing and enjoy!

***Store salad dressing in an airtight container up to a week in refrigerator. The consistency may thicken—if it does, let it come to room temperature for a creamy dressing consistency and stir to combine as ingredients may saturate.

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Heirloom Caprese Salad

Summer inspires all of us to include more fresh fruits and veggies in our dishes. Now is the perfect time to do so because we can never get enough fruits and veggies in our diets. I have been on a tomato caprese kick lately because there is nothing better or sweeter than an heirloom tomato. My Dad grows the tomatoes that I have been enjoying so they are extra sweet and fresh–I can’t eat them fast enough so making this dish definitely helps! My favorite way to indulge in these are to simply drizzle olive oil, balsalmic, and a sprinkle of salt and pepper. To make it even more exciting, I add fresh basil, and mozzarella cheese–and that’s what you call a caprese salad!
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Heirloom Caprese Salad

Heirloom Caprese Salad

It's definitely summertime with these sweet and juicy tomatoes!

Ingredients

2 medium heirloom tomatoes; sliced thick

12 ounces of fresh mozzarella cheese

Drizzle of olive oil

Drizzle of balsamic reduction

About 10 fresh basil leaves

Sprinkle of salt and pepper

Instructions

  1. Arrange tomato and mozzarella slices on a platter. I also added the mini mozzarella balls because I had them left over and they are so cute! They make a great addition to the salad. Arrange basil leaves between the slices. Drizzle olive oil over the top of the salad, be sure you are getting a little bit on each slice. Do the same with the balsamic reduction.
  2. End with a sprinkling of salt and black pepper. ****TIP: If you want to make your own balsamic vinegar reduction, its super easy! In a small saucepan, bring about 2 cups of balsamic vinegar to a boil over medium-low heat. Cook for 10 to 20 minutes, or until balsamic has reduced to a thicker glaze. Remove from heat and transfer to a bowl--allow to cool!
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Cold Tortellini Pesto Pasta Salad

Pasta salads are always an idea that comes to mind when I am trying to figure out what to make for either dinner or a side dish..or even snack. They have a lot of great pre-made pesto sauces at the grocery stores that I shop at. It would also be great if you can use a homemade recipe as well! My easy homemade Pesto Recipe can be found here (My Easy Homemade Pesto). With only 5 ingredients, you can whip up a great meal in less than 20 minutes. This will last up to a week in the fridge and it is best eaten cold (in my opinion). Chopped cucumbers, spinach, and bell peppers make a great addition to this dish!

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Cold Tortellini Pesto Pasta Salad

Cold Tortellini Pesto Pasta Salad

This tasty easy cheesy cold pasta salad makes those busy nights easy!

Ingredients

1 lb spinach & cheese tortellini

7 ounces (about 1 cup) of pesto

1/2 cup cherry tomatoes; quartered

1/2 cup mozzarella cheese; cubed

1 Tbsp grated parmesan cheese

Instructions

  1. Bring a medium pot of water to a boil. Cook pasta until cooked, or al dente.
  2. Drain and let cool for about 15 minutes. In the meantime, quarter the cherry tomatoes and cube the cheese.
  3. Once pasta is cooled, add pesto, cherry tomatoes, mozzarella, and parmesan cheese. Mix with a spoon until combined and enjoy!
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Antipasto Salad with Lite Herb Vinaigrette

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Winter is just about to turn into Spring and then shortly it will be Summer!!… Which means I can induldge in my favorite salads as a meal. There is nothing more disappointing than eating a boring plain salad as a meal..lets be real. So, you minus well enjoy it with some of your favorites! This is one of them because I love all kinds of italian lunch-meats such as proscuitto, especially when it perfectly ends up in my salads. It also gives this salad the perfect hint of saltiness from the proscuitto that we all crave. Just like most of my recipes, you can add any of your favorite ingredients to your likings. Sometimes I switch out the proscuitto for salami..or sometimes I put in both. This salad is almost too pretty to eat!

Antipasto Salad with Lite Herb Vinaigrette

Ingredients

1 package of Italian mix lettuce (or

6 slices of proscuitto; cut in half and rolled up

1/4 cup roasted red bell peppers; sliced

1/4 cup blue cheese (or feta cheese)​

1/2 avocado sliced

*you can also add or replace the proscuitto with salami or mortadella

Salad Dressing:

Lite Herb Vinaigrette

3 Tbsp olive oil

1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar

1 tsp honey; slighly melted

1/2 tsp garlic powder

1/4 tsp onion powder

Handful of chopped fresh parsley, chopped chives, and basil

Pinch of salt and pepper

Salad Dressing:

Lite Herb Vinaigrette

3 Tbsp olive oil

1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar

1 tsp honey; slighly melted

1/2 tsp garlic powder

1/4 tsp onion powder

Handful of chopped fresh parsley, chopped chives, and basil

Pinch of salt and pepper

Instructions

  1. 1. Place all of the salad ingredients in a salad bowl; arrange properly and neatly.
  2. 2. In a smaller bowl, whisk together all of the ingredients for your dressing until well beaten (until combined). Drizzle salad dressing over your salad and enjoy! I like to make extra dressing and save it for other salads since it can last a few weeks in the fridge! ENJOY 🙂
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Heirloom Tomato Caprese with Prosciutto

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This is one of our go-to favorites! You can enjoy it as a light dinner, snack, and even appetizer depending on what your in the mood for. You just can never go wrong with a refreshing tomato caprese salad and topping it off with light and slightly salty prosciutto..perfection.

Ingredients:
1 large heirloom tomato; sliced into 1/2 inch slices (about 6 slices)
5-8 ounces of fresh mozzarella cheese; sliced into 1/2 inch slices
6 fresh basil leaves
1/2 cup fresh spinach
6 slices of prosciutto
1 Tbsp olive oil
1/2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
Salt and pepper to taste

Steps:
1. Top tomato slices with spinach, basil, mozzarella cheese, and a slice of prosciutto. Drizzle with olive oil and vinegar; then sprinkle with salt and pepper. Easy peasy!
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