This is a sponsored post. All opinions are mine. Are you a salad person? For many years, I would not be caught dead near a salad! In my 30’s, I learned to like them. In my 50’s, I learned to love them! I found the secret to enjoying a salad was adding ingredients you love. If you have a bowl filled with your favorite foods, it becomes a meal to be savored. That perfectly describes my Grilled Thai Chicken Chopped Salad.
I read something recently a woman who lost 100 pounds wrote. She said if you find a healthy meal idea you love, it is OK to eat it all the time. I connected with her words. I am a creature of habit, so I tend to eat the same foods. This can be a blessing and a curse. On the upside, you know your calorie count, so there is no guess work. On the downside, mealtime can become a chore. This can be disastrous when you are dieting.
I could eat my Grilled Thai Chicken Chopped Salad every day. I have always loved Asian flavors, so this salad is perfect for me. I will marinate the chicken overnight and grill it the next day. While it is resting, I will prep the lettuce and vegetables. The dressing is mellow, allowing the ingredients to shine. The romaine and almonds offers the perfect amount of crunch.
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- 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts
- 1 bag of coleslaw mix
- 1 head of romaine lettuce
- 1 red pepper
- 1 small red onion
- 2 green onions
- 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
- 1 teaspoon minced garlic
- 2 tablespoons red pepper flakes
- 1/4 cup sesame seeds
- 1/4 cup sliced or slivered almonds. Cashews will work as well
- 1/4 cup sesame oil , plus 1 tablespoon, divided
- 2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
- 1 teaspoon lime juice
- 2 tablespoons finely minced ginger
- 2 tablespoons hoisin sauce
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce
- 1/2 teaspoon salt and pepper
- In a mixing bowl , whisk together red wine vinegar, lime juice, soy sauce, hoisin sauce, sesame oil, red pepper flakes, garlic, ginger and salt and pepper. Add chicken to a large resealable bag. Add 1/4 cup of the marinade. Reserve the rest for the dressing. Seal bag and shake until chicken is completely covered in marinade. Place in refrigerator for at least 30 minutes. You can keep it like this for up to 24 hours. Chill dressing in separate container.
- Brush medium pan with 1 tablespoon sesame oil and heat to medium-high heat. Cook red onion for 1-2 minutes. Add chicken and cook for about 4 minutes per side. Transfer to a cutting board and rest for 10 minutes. Slice chicken crosswise into 1/4 inch strips.
- Chop romaine lettuce. Add to large bowl. Add coleslaw mix, pepper, green onion, cilantro and almonds. Toss with dressing. Top with sesame seeds.
Do you enjoy salads? Why or why not? If you do, which is your favorite salad/toppings/dressing? I would love to hear!