Light & zesty Asian vinaigrette for a teriyaki chicken salad with sliced plums, crisp sugar snap peas, and crunchy almonds.
As a stay at home mom, it is so easy to fall into the rut of eating junk or leftovers for lunch.
As part of a cleaner, healthier approach to eating, I've been putting extra effort into my own meals to make them more exciting and healthy. Who cares if no one else is around to enjoy them??
The daytime is the best time for me to experiment with flavors before I try them on my kids.
This Asian lime vinaigrette ended up being an amazing discovery for a simple teriyaki chicken salad. It's a great homemade dressing to keep on hand in the fridge.
The ingredients for the salad dressing are very easy:
- Canola oil
- Rice vinegar
- Toasted sesame oil
- Soy sauce
- Dried ginger
- Minced garlic
- Fresh lime
Asian Salad Topping Ideas
The other day I made a big batch of teriyaki chicken tenderloins to use on top of salads throughout the week.
I raided the fridge and came up with an impromptu Asian chicken salad recipe that featured many of the veggies just hanging out in my kitchen.
All you need to make this easy Asian chicken salad is:
- Green Lettuce or Baby Spinach Base
- Chopped Asian Chicken
- Sliced Red Peppers
- Chopped Fresh Pea Pods
- Sliced Plums or Clementine Oranges
- Slivered Almonds
- Fresh Green Onions
How to Make the Asian Salad
Start by adding a generous portion of mixed green lettuce to your salad bowl.
Add the chopped Asian chicken and the mix of your favorite salad toppings from the list above.
Drizzle the Asian lime vinaigrette over the top and toss to combine.
NOTE: If you use crispy wontons for crunch, don't add them until you've already tossed with the Asian lime vinaigrette. This will keep them from getting soggy.
Make Ahead Tips
I did all the prep work on Monday morning and have had leftovers for easy access for several days in a row.
Knowing the chicken and yummy salad is just a quick toss away has ensured I've avoided heading out for drive thru or sustaining myself on peanut butter sandwiches eaten over the sink!
I recommend storing all the salad ingredients separately in the fridge.
I keep the salad dressing in a mason jar with the lid for easy shaking before I drizzle over a spoonful or two on my salad.
Easy Pasta Salad Variation
This Asian lime vinaigrette also makes an amazing pasta salad dressing and Asian marinade for chicken.
You can read about how I mixed and matched raw veggies and pasta for a chilled Asian chicken pasta salad here.
More Homemade Dressing Recipes
Looking for more variety for your salads? Don't miss these other super-easy homemade salad dressing ideas:
Asian Lime Vinaigrette
- ½ cup canola oil
- 3 tablespoon rice vinegar
- 3 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
- 3 tablespoon soy sauce
- 1 teaspoon dried ginger
- 1 teaspoon minced garlic
- 1 lime juiced
- Combine all the ingredients in a mason jar. Cover and shake vigorously to combine.
- Serve with these suggested salad ingredients: Broiled teriyaki chicken tenderloins, sugar snap peas, sliced red pepper, sliced plums, silver almonds, chopped green onions.
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