This salad starts out soothing you with a fresh cool crunchy base of poached chicken, pear, cucumber and bean sprouts and then kicks your butt with a topping of wasabi peas and a creamy spicy wasabi dressing.
This is just a quick post with another great big little summer salad recipe.
I’ve been out of town this week drenching myself in alpine tranquility at Rocky Mountain National Park, Lazy mountain lake strolls, wildflower meadows and campfired evenings on our first trip of the season to the high country.
Knowing the trip was going to be another fatstravaganza food event, I took it easy before we left and whipped up this delicious summer salad.
- 4 chicken breast halves 1 3/4 pounds, boneless, skinless
- 1/2 cup mayonnaise
- 1/4 cup rice vinegar
- 2 1/2 tablespoons wasabi powder I'm not sure I actually used that much - you may want to start with 1 1/2 T. and taste test as you add a little more at a time
- 1 1/2 teaspoons Asian sesame oil
- 1 1/2 tablespoons water
- Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
- 2 heads Boston lettuce I had spinach that I needed to use, torn into bite-size pieces
- 1 large Asian pear—halved I used a regular ol pear, cored and thinly sliced
- 1/2 seedless cucumber halved lengthwise and thinly sliced on the bias
- 2 scallions white and green parts thinly sliced
- 1 cup mung bean sprouts
- 1/2 cup roasted wasabi peas coarsely chopped
In a large saucepan, cover the chicken breasts with water and bring to a gentle simmer. Cook over moderately low heat until the chicken is white throughout, about 12 minutes. Transfer the poached chicken breasts to a plate and let stand until cooled slightly, about 10 minutes.
Meanwhile, in a small bowl, whisk the mayonnaise with the rice vinegar, wasabi powder, Asian sesame oil and 1 1/2 tablespoons of water and season with salt and pepper.
In a large serving bowl, toss the lettuce with the Asian pear slices, cucumber, scallions, bean sprouts and 2/3 cup of the wasabi dressing. Slice the chicken breasts crosswise 1/4 inch thick and lay the slices on top of the salad. Spoon the remaining wasabi dressing over the chicken breasts, sprinkle with the chopped wasabi peas and serve at once.
Asian Chicken Salad with Wasabi Dressing …Its whats for Dinner
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