asian chicken salad with lemongrass dressing
Vegetables and Salads

Asian Chicken Salad with Lemongrass Dressing

This Asian Chicken Salad is a healthy and delectable salad that can be easily be adjusted to different diets and tastes. From Paleo, Raw to low carb to vegan with a few ingredient swaps.

asian chicken salad with lemongrass dressing
And it is salad , so it is quick and easy to make. Well, with the exception of the Sprouted Quinoa (which is super easy, it just takes 36-48 hours).

Wow! Did we come up with an interesting challenge for ourselves this month with our Crazy Ingredient Challenge: Lemongrass and Quinoa!


Lemongrass: an Asian herb with a subtle citrus flavor

lemongrass bundles
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Quinoa: A South American seed that is high in protein and gluten free.

quinoa in measuring cup

To start the salad I made some Quinoa sprouts the day before.  By sprouting the quinoa, you reduce the carbs and calories – not that I care. Seeds use up the stored carbohydrates for energy to sprout.

Making your own sprouts is so easy and much more cost effective than buying in the store! It just takes some quinoa (or lentils or beans or…), some water and a jar to put them in. A day or two later you have healthy crunchy goodness. The full instructions for the sprouts can be found here.  Just promise me you won’t laugh too hard at the UGLY pictures! I really should redo them when I get a chance.

So there’s the quinoa. Now for the lemongrass. I decided to go with a simple salad dressing of olive oil, sesame oil, lemon juice, honey and lemongrass. Shake shake shake = salad dressing.

When it was time to make my salad I grabbed together my ingredients: the sprouted quinoa, carrot, beet, daikon (that long funny looking grey tube), homegrown arugula, tangerine, almonds and some sliced leftover chicken (omit for vegan or substitute salmon or other fish if desired) and the Lemongrass Salad Dressing.

Asian Chicken Salad ingredients

Then I spied the crunchy chow mein noodles in the cupboard and threw a small handful on top.  I know, I know, zero health value, processed food, loads of sodium, white flour and other scary ingredients. But, they were tasty. Go for some sesame seeds or nothing if you want.

Asian chicken salad mixed

Oh my, was that a fabulous lunch!

Paleo Lemongrass Salad Dressing

Prep time1 minute
Dietary Diabetic, Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Meal type Condiment, Salad and Vegetables
Region Asian
This simple salad dressing combines two oils, lemon juice, lemon grass and a splash of honey for a delicious Asian style salad dressing or dipping sauce.

Ingredients

  • olive oil
  • sesame oil
  • lemongrass (finely chopped)
  • honey

Note

There are no amounts listed so you can make as much or as little as you want.

I just eyeballed it and adjusted as needed but I probably used about:

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons plus of lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon of lemon grass
  • 1 teaspoon of honey

Directions

In a jar or bottle add olive oil and a little sesame oil. Add an equal amount of lemon juice.
oil and lemon juice
Add lemongrass and honey to taste. Shake until emulsified. Taste and add additional ingredients as needed.

Now it’s time to go check out what the other bloggers came up with this month for our Crazy Ingredient Challenge.

 


Finally, if you can spare some prayers/ happy thoughts for our fearless leader, Dawn, that would be awesome. She is going through some “stuff” right now and I just want her to know I hope life smooths out soon.

Until next time, happy eating.
~Audrey

The Jenny Evolution

16 thoughts on “Asian Chicken Salad with Lemongrass Dressing”

  1. This looks so good to me! I bought lemongrass for the first time last month and just love the smell and flavor of it. I’ll be making this for sure. Pinning too! (found you on Tasty Tuesdays)

  2. The salad sounds delicious! And my Thai neighbor grows lemongrass in her front yard! She’s always telling me to grab some if I want it–now I know what to use it for. 🙂 I’m going to have to check out your post on sprouting quinoa. What fun–a Crazy Ingredient Challenge. Thanks for sharing at the #HomeMattersParty 🙂

    ~Lorelai
    Life With Lorelai

  3. You always bring delicious things to our party! Thank you. Pinned and tweeted. We feel honored that you take the time to stop by our party. I hope to see you on tonight at 7 pm. We love to party with you! Happy Monday! Lou Lou Girls

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