Monday, June 22, 2009

The Best Salad Ever - Asian Citrus Salad

As much as I love salad, I find that I stick to my favorite stand byes and don't venture out with interesting flavors nearly enough.
I am so glad that I broke loose with this Asian Citrus Salad. I would never have guessed that this blend of flavors would be so delicious. Now, the best salad ever? Yes, I know it's a matter of opinion, but I'm just saying - you won't be disappointed.
This has been a family favorite for years now and I literally can't make enough of it.
No matter how large I make the salad, it's gone....every time.

Now I wish that I could tell you exact amounts, but I have been making this salad for so long, I don't even know the original recipe. Add the ingredients to taste.
*Romaine lettuce
*red onion
*grilled chicken (I add a bit of soy sauce on it).
*orange segments (typically I use drained mandarin oranges for ease)
*slivered, toasted almonds (I tend to omit due to cost, but they really add a great touch)
*Chow Mein noodles sprinkled on top

Tossing the salad in this home made Asian dressing is the ingredient that puts this salad in a category of its own. The beauty is that it only takes a few minutes to whip together. Why pay $10.99 for this at a restaurant when it will match any gourmet salad hands down? :)

My children will eat plates and plates of salad as long as this dressing is drizzled on top. I was first introduced to this recipe from the side of my PC dressing carafe. I could never share the recipe with any one since the exact amounts are not given, so I finally measured them out after years of being asked.

Add the following ingredients and mix when finished:
1/2 cup rice vinegar
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/4 tsp. ground ginger
1 Pressed garlic clove
2 tsp. Sugar
1 cup Vegetable Oil (I use canola)

Give this a try...your kids will even eat radishes with this dressing, and that's quite a feat for any mom.
I told you I could never make enough. They literally took pieces of lettuce to get the last of the dressing.
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Tosha said...

I'm going to have to try your salad now! Ranch dressing used to have the same effect on my daughter(but she would just lick it up or use her fingers). She is more reserved now and my little boy doesn't seem to like ranch much- at least not on his veggies or chicken nuggets!

Lynn said...

I use that same recipe of the side of the pc container. We love it.

mommy4life said...

Definitely on the menu next week!

Amy @ Finer Things said...

Looks so good to me... hubs wouldn't touch it. Must keep ingredients on hand for when he's gone. HA!

Alea said...

I have the same container and use the same recipe! We will be having this salad tomorrow night. This salad is very popular in our house as well!

For a while I substituted olive oil, but it was getting hard when I refrigerated it, so now I am back to canola oil or a mix of olive and canola.

Myrnie said...

Looks fantastic :) Have you ever sautéed radishes in a little butter and salt? So yummy!

Jennifer P. said...

I have one similar to this that I make, but the dressing has peanut butter in it---I always thought tasted a little weird! I'm excited to try this one out! Sounds yummy!

Nicole @ BugaBoos said...

Looks yummy, definately going to have to try this! Thanks for sharing!

Robin said...

Salads are a staple for The Husbands lunch during the summer and this one is just the thing to keep him from getting bored with what I'm making!
Thx and can't wait to spring it on him :)
Thank you for hosting week in and week out!
All Things Heart and Home

Melissa said...

That salad looks really delicious! It's perfect for summer, too, since the chicken can be cooked in advance.

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

That looks gooooood! :) I have one of those dressing mixer thingies, but haven't used it yet. Now would be a good time to get it out. ;)

mub said...

This looks awesome! Now if only I could track down crunchy chow mein noodles here *L*

Kitchen Stewardship said...

I've made something similar, and it's so good. Using olive oil instead of canola would really add to the nutrition!

Hoosier Homemade said...

I've missed for a few weeks, I was having trouble keeping your site open. Glad to be back.
That salad looks yummy!
Thanks for hosting!

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Hey, Jen, that salad sounds delish! I love those gourmet salads. I make one similar with mandarin oranges, but this one sounds great. Just had one similar at Zaxby's last night for dinner, the Zensation. It's yum too.

Don't you love that PC salad dressing mixer, I have one too!

An Accomplished Woman said...

Jen, That salad sounds fabulous. Love the oranges. I will have to make this salad soon.

Thanks for sharing,

The Mangerchine's said...

This sounds delicious, I'm going to have to give it a try!

Frugal Fine Living said...

I love salads, and this one looks fantastic! I can't wait to try it!


Stacy said...

I posted a link for my strawberry rhubarb crisp recipe. Thank you for hosting!

Kara said...

That looks just delicious. We love main dish salads at our house, so I can't wait to give this a try!

Christi @ A Southern Life said...

Love salads during the summer. Anything to keep from turning the oven on! This dressing sounds divine. Thanks for sharing and hosting.


Jerralea said...

That looks mighty tasty! :)

I will definitely be trying this recipe.

HeathahLee said...

Jen, that salad looks divine! I'm going to put that on our menu for next week...with the temps hovering around 100, we need cool suppers! : )

Melissa @ The Inspired Room said...


Liz said...

I love salads and that one looks so yummy!

Amanda@Imperfectly Beautiful said...

Oh so yummy! And yes...that dressing sounds way too good. I would wipe the bowl with extra lettuce too!


Julie@comehaveapeace said...

No excuse for ordering pizza tonight! We're having a Women's Night Good for the Heart event Thursday with a healthy carry-in dinner ... lots of great ideas here.

Crystal said...

This salad look scrumptious. I am definitely trying this today. My teens love ranch for everything also.

Susie from Bienvenue said...

Hey Miss Jen! That salad is looking very yummy. I love to eat salad during the summer. So cool and light and fast and easy. Thanks for sharing this yummy one with me~ Will have to try it soon.

Nicole Feliciano said...

Thanks for this tasty recipe. I just posted Friday's Feasts over at Momtrends. I hope you’ll stop by and link up! Here's the link:

Pam said...

Sounds yummy--we love asian flavors in our house!