Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Crunchy Asian Salad


This Crunchy Asian Salad is a flavor explosion in your mouth with red peppers, carrots, snow peas, edamame, and sweet oranges nestled on a kale broccoli mixture drizzled with a sesame ginger dressing.

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Today I'm back with a salad that is bursting with fresh ingredients that you will love.  It has it all - it's crunchy, has a bit of sweetness, can be made quickly and is good for you.  Remember eating healthy doesn't mean boring.  Your taste buds will be thrilled!

You may be wondering why I haven't been posting as much this month - well, not to be a whiner but I have been sick and it has been no fun.  I picked up some nasty virus that has left me with no energy, fever at times and a cough that sounds like I'm barking.  People hear me and run the other way!  I went to express care at work and they said everyone has it and it could last 2-3 weeks.  Well, it is really hard to be a food blogger when you don't even want to eat.  I think I'm on the mends though and was really craving something healthy to help me boost my immune system.

I'm a fan of salads that have lots of stuff and uses fresh ingredients.  I was wandering around Trader Joe's the other day and these ingredients were just jumping out to me and begging to be in my cart.  It definitely did not disappoint and was a great way to get back on track for healthier eating.  I just want to get better!

You might want to add some cooked cubed or shredded chicken to make it a complete meal and think I will try that next time.  I was also thinking that some cooked cold noodles would work too.  Earlier this month I started eating healthier with this Fresh Fruit Arugula and Quinoa salad.  Be sure to check that out for another healthy meal option.

Crunchy Asian Salad with homemade sesame ginger vinaigrette




yield: 2 servingsprint recipe

Crunchy Asian Salad

This Crunchy Asian Salad is a flavor explosion in your mouth with red peppers, carrots, snow peas, edamame, and sweet oranges nestled on a kale broccoli mixture drizzled with a sesame ginger dressing.
prep time: 10 MINScook time: 0 MINStotal time: 10 mins

INGREDIENTS:

  • 4 cups greens (I used from Trader Joe's a kale, broccoli, cabbage shredded mixture)
  • 1 red pepper cut into matchsticks
  • 1/2 cup cooked edamame
  • 1 cup snow peas cut
  • 1/2 cup mandarin oranges
  • 1/4 cup shredded carrots
  • 2 tablespoons sliced green onions
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • dash pepper
  • 1/2 fresh ginger, grated
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Place 2 cups of greens on each plate
  2. Divide the red pepper, edamame, snow peas, oranges, carrots and green onions on top of each plate
  3. Make dressing by combining in a small food processor or jar with a lid the honey, soy sauce, sesame oil, rice vinegar, canola oil, pepper, ginger, mustard and sesame seeds
  4. Drizzle dressing over salads (you will probably have dressing leftover)
  5. You could also combine all salad ingredients in bowl then drizzle with dressing and divide on two plates.
  6. NOTE:  cooked, diced chicken could also be added for a complete meal.
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Crunchy Asian Salad with Homemade Sesame Ginger Dressing

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