Saturday, May 22, 2010

Sesame Chicken Spinach Salad


I made this salad today for a baby shower, and it was yummy!  I was a little nervous because I have never made it before, so I wasn't quite sure how it would turn out.  But several people asked me for the recipe, and that always indicates a winner!  This recipe came from a childhood friend of mine's blog (was that proper English?) here.  Enjoy!

Sesame Chicken Spinach Salad
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Salad ingredients:

• 5 cups cubed grilled chicken breasts (about 4 large chicken breasts)*
• 2 cups seedless red grapes (halved)
• 3 cups packed torn baby spinach
• 8 oz. fusilli pasta (cooked)
• 1 jar (15 oz.) marinated artichoke hearts (drained and roughly chopped)
• 1 bunch chopped green onions
• 1 (11 oz.) can mandarin oranges
• 1 pear (diced and tossed with lime juice)
• 2 Tbsp. toasted sesame seeds


• 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
• 3 Tbsp. sesame oil
• 1/4 cup sugar
• 2 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar
• 1 tsp. salt
• 2 tsp. dried minced onion
• 1 tsp. fresh lemon or lime juice
• 2 Tbsp. minced fresh parsley

Toss all the ingredients together. Whisk together the ingredients for the dressing. Dress the salad, right before serving.

*Marinade for chicken

• 1/4 cup Teriyaki sauce (soy sauce, ginger, sugar or any commercial brand)
• 1/4 cup Lawry’s Mesquite-lime Marinade
• 1/4 cup Italian salad dressing (Newman’s Own Balsamic Vinaigrette or Italian dressing (any brand but not fat-free)

Marinate chicken for 1-4 hours (not overnight)

Sprinkle generously with lemon-pepper before grilling. Grill chicken until cooked through.

This recipe serves between 8-10 people.

(note:  I added some rice vinegar to the dressing to thin it out a little bit--I thought it was a bit too thick, but I may have done something wrong.  Also, next time I make this, I think I will omit the artichoke hearts and add water chestnuts.)


Jamie said...

thanks I've been waiting for the recipe

Shauna Rae said...

YES! It was delicious and thank you little sister for being such a great cook and so willing to help me out! Can I call you again?!!!