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Monday, June 1, 2015

Mandarin Orange Chicken Salad

I used to love to get the Mandarin Chicken Salad from Wendy's back in the day ... I thought I was being super healthy, you know?

Of course, that was before I learned about reading labels and such ... amazing how something so "healthy" could be so very bad for you.



So ... when I came across THIS salad at My Natural Family not too long ago, I knew I had to give it a try ... and, man, I'm so very glad I did! Talk about an awesome, flavorful salad ... and even better, when I opted to make it at the last minute, I had EVERYTHING on hand so it fit the bill!

Here's what you need:

2 boneless/skinless chicken breasts
head of lettuce (romaine) chopped in bite size pieces (I used one artesian baby romaine head)
1 red pepper, sliced and chopped in bite size pieces
1 large carrot, coarsely shredded
1/4 of a small red cabbage head, sliced thin
15 oz can of mandarin oranges, drained
4 green onions, sliced thin
1/4 cup sliced almonds, lightly toasted
and then ... the dressing:
1/3 c honey
3 tbs vinegar
2 tbs mayo (bonus points if you make your own! Go ahead and try, it's easy!)
1 tsp sesame oil
1/2 tsp salt

Ready? Season your chicken with salt & pepper (and oh, what the heck, garlic POWDER if you have). Bake in the oven at 350 for about 30 minutes or so, til cooked through. Remove and allow to cool. Once cool, go ahead and cut into bite size pieces. Alternatively, if you want to be "pretty" you can slice thinly but then you will still need to cut when you are eating, so I say, just cut in to bite size pieces ;-)

Add all the veggies, oranges and almonds to a large bowl. Top with the chicken.

Whisk the honey, vinegar, mayo, oil and salt in small bowl and drizzle over the salad. Better yet, toss all in a canning jar, cap it tightly, and shake it like you mean it.  THEN drizzle over the salad, toss to coat and serve up.



Enjoy!

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7 comments:

  1. What a beautiful salad, and healthy, too :) I'm so glad that you shared your post at Together on Tuesdays!!!!

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  2. this looks really good...thanks for sharing Stopping by from #TheGatheringSpot

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  3. Delicious and colorful salad thanks for sharing with Hearth and soul bloghop. pinning.

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  4. I absolutely love this! Thanks for sharing it with us. Pinned and tweeted. I hope to see you tonight at 7 pm. We can’t wait to party with you! Lou Lou Girls

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  5. I cannot get enough salads this time of year and this one looks perfect! Thank you so much for linking up at Tasty Tuesday! Your recipe has been pinned to the Tasty Tuesday Pinterest board! Please join us again this week!

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  6. Thank you for brining this delicious salad to Fiesta Friday! I have some left over chicken and I have to try your recipe!
    Going forward please link the participating blog post to Fiesta Friday so tha more bloggers can find, and hopefully, join us! Here are the guidelines http://fiestafriday.net/fiesta-friday-guidelines/
    I am already looking forward to what you will bring us next time! :)

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  7. Thanks for sharing the orange chicken salad at my last Fabulous Friday, I am taking a break from this party and doing another party where I co host and its called Dream Create and Inspire. Stop by if you have a few minutes
    Thanks Maria
    http://www.simplenaturedecorblog.com/dream-create-inspire-link10/

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