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.
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
Quinoa: A South American seed that is high in protein and gluten free.
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.
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.
Oh my, was that a fabulous lunch!
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.