On Monday night for dinner, I wanted to kick off the week with a non-boring salad. I hate those sad diet salads. You know, the ones that have the everyday veggies and a light store-bought dressing. Yuck. I’ve learned you don’t need to eat that way in order to stay healthy.
I love Asian flavors. Ginger, cilantro, soy sauce – sign me up! I went to the store and bought cabbage, red peppers, apples, cilantro, onion, garlic, carrots, ginger & chicken. I knew this would make a great salad and I needed to come up with my own dressing. I believe most dressings should be made at home. They are so much better!!
When I got home, I knew I wanted to make a dressing based around soy sauce. Soy Sauce has such a potent flavor, a dressing needs some sweetness. Honey & Soy Sauce is such a great flavor combo. My salad dressing was starting to come together.
Are you curious to see what this flavorful & bright salad looks like??
Anything this colorful & healthy will help you to eat better this year. My secret ingredient – Peanuts. It gave the salad such a fun crunch. I found myself going through the salad and trying to get them out. 🙂
Tip – If you want to eat this salad over multiple days, be sure to put lemon or lime juice on your apples to prevent them from browning.
Asian Slaw Salad — serves 6
- 4 cups (8 oz.) thinly sliced savoy cabbage
- 2 cups (6 oz.) thinly sliced red cabbage
- 2 medium carrots (4 oz.), shredded
- 1 red pepper, diced
- 1 large Granny Smith apple (8 oz.), unpeeled, cored, and cut into thin matchsticks
- 3/4 tsp. kosher salt
- 3 Tbs. low-sodium soy sauce
- 2 Tbs. plus 2 tsp. lime juice
- 2 Tbs. honey
- 2 Tbs. canola oil
- 2 lb. chicken tenders
- 1 large red onion, thinly sliced (2 cups)
- 1 pinch salt, optional
- 1 Tbs. plus 2 tsp. minced fresh ginger
- 1 large clove of garlic, minced
- 1/2 cup roughly chopped cilantro leaves
- 1/4 cup chopped roasted peanuts, optional (but I wouldn’t skip on this!!)
1. Combine savoy cabbage, red cabbage, carrots, and apple in large heat-proof bowl. Sprinkle with kosher salt. Whisk together soy sauce, lime juice, 2 Tbs. water, and honey in small bowl.
2. Heat 2 Tbs. of oil in a skillet at medium heat. Salt & Pepper the chicken tenders and cook in the skillet. About 3 minutes per side, depending on how thick the tenders are. When done cooking, let them cool and dice up the meat. Add chicken to the bowl with the salad mixture.
3. Heat the other 2 Tbs. oil in a medium skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion and salt, and cook 7 to 8 minutes, or until onions are browned and bottom of pan has brown bits. Add ginger, and cook 30 seconds. Add soy sauce mixture to deglaze, and cook 15 to 25 seconds, using spatula or spoon to scrape up brown bits. Remove from heat, and spread onion mixture over cabbage mixture. Toss with tongs until slaw is well combined and cabbages begin to wilt. ( Tip – if you’re eating this salad over a few days, only add the dressing to the portion you’re going to eat at that time.)
4. Add 1/4 cup cilantro leaves, and toss to combine. Let stand 5 minutes, then serve garnished with remaining 1/4 cup cilantro and peanuts, if using.
This recipe makes A LOT of salad. Since I had some left over won tons from the Baked Southwestern Eggs Rolls, I wanted to use them before they went bad. On Tuesday night, I decided to put the won tons in a muffin tin and filled them with the salad. I made some additional salad dressing as a dipping sauce. Dumplings in 15 minutes at home, yes please!
If you want to eat this salad over multiple days, be sure to put lemon or lime juice on your apples to prevent them from browning.
Crispy Asian Slaw Dumplings with Honey & Ginger Soy Sauce
- Asian Slaw recipe, listed above
- Honey Ginger Salad Dressing, listed above
- Wonton/egg roll wrappers
- Olive oil Spray
1. Pre-heat the oven at 350 degrees. Spray muffin pan with olive oil spray. Put an egg roll wrapper in each tin you plan on using. Be sure to press the wrapper into the bottom of each tin.
2. Put 1/4 cup of the Asian Slaw into each egg roll wrapper (there should be a little salad dressing tossed into the salad.) Take the sides of each wrapper and fold it towards the center. Be sure to pinch the tops so the slaw is enclosed.
3. Spray the egg rolls again with olive oil spray. This will give the dumplings a nice brown color. Bake won tons for 15- 20 minutes. Serve with warm Honey Ginger Salad dressing.