Szechwan Chicken Salad With Dressing

"Daughter gives us a Harry and David fruit of the month gift for Christmas. This month was "pearsnapples" and the insert had this wonderful salad. It is out of this world."
 
Szechwan Chicken Salad With Dressing created by Elmotoo
Ready In:
25mins
Ingredients:
16
Serves:
2
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ingredients

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directions

  • Place all ingredients for dressing into a small saucepan.
  • Warm on low heat until creamy and well blended, whisking constantly.
  • Add a 1 or 2 tablespoons of water to dressing until desired consistency.
  • Mix about 2 cups of cold water and 1 Tbsp of lemon juice.
  • Core apple and pear, cut into thin slices and drop into cold water.
  • Wash and tear greens into bite size pieces.
  • Combine chicken, cucumber and coriander.
  • When ready to serve, drain and lightly dry the fruit.
  • On chilled salad plates divide the greens into 2 portions, place chicken mixture in mound on top.
  • Arrange the fruit slices on top and serve with the dressing.

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  1. Elmotoo
    I am so happy eating this salad ~ it's so delicious! i used spicy chili sesame oil instead of the hot pepper sauce & cayenne. I poached my chicken breast in salted water so it's really tender. Love the (slight) burn that's building up! Contrast that with the cool crunchy pears, apples & cucumber ~ yippee! I'm eating the whole thing for my lunch right now. Made for Culinary Quest 2014/CCQ. Oh! I also ended up adding more water than listed to the dressing but once it was thinned out, it was amazing! love the flavors! Thanks, Paula!
     
  2. Elmotoo
    I am so happy eating this salad ~ it's so delicious! i used spicy chili sesame oil instead of the hot pepper sauce and cayenne. I poached my chicken breast in salted water so it's really tender. Love the (slight) burn that's building up! Contrast that with the cool crunchy pears, apples and cucumber ~ yippee! I'm eating the whole thing for my lunch right now. Made for Culinary Quest 2014/CCQ. Oh! I also ended up adding more water than listed to the dressing but once it was thinned out, it was amazing! love the flavors! Thanks, Paula!
     
  3. Elmotoo
    Szechwan Chicken Salad With Dressing Created by Elmotoo
  4. Maito
    Great salad, beautiful to look at too. The dressing is the real star here. I melted the peanut butter in the microwave and slowly added the liquids and this worked perfectly. I omitted the honey and added the juice of a lime to it also, since I like my dressings on the tangier side. I skipped the cayenne, as the hot sauce made it spicy enough for me. I added more cilantro to the salad. The apples were OK in it, but the pears were my favorite - and I thought the amounts were just right. For a vegetarian version I bet tofu or edamame would be wonderful in it. I will make this again, especially the dressing - it would be really good in other applications as well.
     
  5. Susie D
    I liked this salad quite a lot. I enjoyed the combination of spinach, crisp cold pears & apples, and the cilantro. The dressing is delicious and pairs well with the ingredients. I did have a problem with the thickness of the dressing and repeatedly added additional water. I do agree with other reviewers that sunflower seeds or chow mein noodles would be a nice added ingredient to add crunch. Thank you for sharing the recipe!
     

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