I love this salad! Sweet, tangy, crunchy, and drizzled with a sesame and soy sauce dressing. It is so yummy! I made this based off of what I had on hand and it is a delicious combination of flavors! Serve it at a get-together, or have it as your main dish at home. You can’t go wrong with this salad!
First I started out by cutting up some crispy fresh romaine lettuce, chopped bite sized….
And then some absolutely stunningly beautiful purple cabbage. My kids love to snack on this raw…
And then some carrots grated. After getting impatient trying to julienne them for my Chicken Pad Thai the other night, I decided that grating them on the box grater would be easier and less time consuming….. this would have been true if I had some normal sized carrots and not just itty bitty baby carrots! I am happy to say that no fingers or skin were lost as I put together this salad, but that is only because I was oh so careful!
I should have called this salad “eat the rainbow” or something similar because check out these gorgeous colors! See the difference between this and the photo above? (it’s the addition of the red bell pepper!)
Next I toasted up some sliced almonds to bring out their yummy flavor. If you are making this salad in advance, do not add the almonds until right before serving. You don’t want everything to get soggy.
Now on to some gorgeous oranges! A can of mandarin oranges would be fine, but I didn’t have any so I used two large oranges and peeled them with a knife, sliced them into rounds, and then cut them up small. Aren’t they gorgeous? Does anyone else dirty their one paring knife and then end up awkwardly cutting and prepping food with steak knives?
The next few food additions turned into a bit of a blur (kids running around the kitchen, fighting, or telling you they are hungry, or stealing the food you are prepping is kinda distracting..) I sliced up about 5 scallions and added them to the salad bowl as well as 2-3 cooked chicken breasts that I cubed up small. This is a HUGE bowl and it is running out of room!
I got even crazier and just started adding other things that I had lying around and would make a great addition. Red grapes that I sliced in half lengthwise, and some diced water chestnuts. Both of these ingredients are completely optional, so if they don’t float your boat, don’t add ’em! If you haven’t figured it out by now, my recipes are very flexible, so you adjust things to how you like them! Why be limited to my choices and preferences? You are your own chef and you need to make choices that look and taste good to you!
I also put together a delicious Asian dressing to go on top of this salad and it made the salad even more delicious. Check out the recipe below!