VEGAN CHINESE CHICKEN SALAD RECIPE PICTURED ABOVE TOPPED WITH Tofu Satay, WITHOUT CHOW MEIN NOODLES
When the weather gets warmer, and vegetables are at their peak, I love making salads. Although I try to eat raw vegetables often, spring and summer is my favorite time of year to create unique salads. One salad, for instance, that I love is vegan Chinese chicken salad.
The combination of flavors, for instance, and tanginess of the oil-free dressing brings a smile to my face. As usual, I provide different options, for different taste buds.
WHAT VEGETABLES/INGREDIENTS ARE IN CHINESE CHICKEN SALAD RECIPE?
Since I am making a Chinese chicken salad, I chose Napa Cabbage, also called Chinese cabbage. Unlike green cabbage, Napa cabbage is oblong in shape, with leaves that resemble lettuce. its flavor, however, is sweeter and softer than green cabbage. In fact, Napa cabbage is the perfect replacement for lettuce in any salad recipe.
HOW TO PICK A GOOD NAPA CABBAGE FOR VEGAN CHINESE CHICKEN SALAD
Once you select a Napa cabbage at the store, avoid cabbage with wilted leaves or brown spots on the ribs or base of the cabbage. Instead, select a compact, crisp, and fresh Napa Cabbage. Napa cabbage, for example, is best stored in the upright position in the refrigerator to keep fresh for weeks.
- Napa cabbage
- Red Bell Pepper
- Red/Purple cabbage
- Daikon radish
- Green onions (scallions)
OTHER INGREDIENTS IN CHINESE CHICKEN SALAD RECIPE (CHOICES)
- Nectarines or Mandarin Oranges
- Tofu Satay recipe or Alpha Vegan Grilled Chik’n Strips
- Slivered Almonds
- Chow Mein Noodles
For example, Tofu Satay recipe is perfect as a topping for Chinese chicken salad recipe. Even though the salad is delicious on its own, adding chopped tofu satay adds a crispy tofu protein alternative.
Another option to top Chinese chicken salad is Alpha Grilled Chik’n Strips. Recently, I bought a bag of vegan chicken strips to test them out. Check out my Alpha Grilled Chik’n Strip’s review, if you wish to try them.
HOW TO SAUTE SLIVERED ALMONDS FOR CHINESE CHICKEN SALAD WITHOUT OIL
In order to saute and toast slivered almonds, all you need is a non-stick pan. Despite popular belief, nuts brown very well in a dry pan over medium-low heat. The secret, however, is to be attentive and move the nuts around in the pan often, as they cook quickly. Just like a piece of bread in the toaster, almonds, and other nuts brown when heated.
ARE CHOW MEIN NOODLES VEGAN AND OIL-FREE? YES, BUT THEY ARE NOT OIL-FREE.
Although chow mein noodles are vegan, they are not low in fat. For instance, I left the chow mein noodles off my salad, since I don’t like to eat foods with oil. If you are on a low-fat, oil-free plan, chow mein noodles are not for you! Again, these are optional, and my husband loves them, so I added them to his salad before serving. Like any ingredients in Chinese chicken salad, just leave off the ingredients you don’t prefer, and add ingredients you enjoy!
VEGAN CHINESE CHICKEN SALAD DRESSING IS OIL-FREE AND FABULOUS!
My favorite part of any salad, in my opinion, is the dressing. Dressing, for instance, brings all the flavors and crunch of a Chinese chicken salad recipe together.
- Fresh ginger
- Rice vinegar
- Mandarin orange juice (or orange juice)
- Mandarin orange zest (or orange zest)
- Maple syrup
VEGAN CHINESE CHICKEN SALAD TOPPED WITH APLHA GRILLED CHICKEN STRIPS AND CHOW MEIN NOODLES PICTURES ABOVE
SALAD LOVERS, IF YOU LOVE SALAD AS MUCH AS I DO, CHECK OUT THESE RECIPES
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- Roasted Cauliflower Salad
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- Mediterranean Salad
- Mediterranean Couscous Salad