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Mandarin Salad with Teriyaki Chicken

It’s a hot one outside today in Vero Beach.  Steamy after all the rain so I am inspired to cool us down at dinner tonight with a tangy salad with teriyaki chicken.  It is also a way for me to transform some dressing in the fridge into something new using some of my pantry staple Wildtree products.

Usually when I make this salad I used a peanut ginger dressing but today I am going to try something different.  I use 1/2 cup of honey balsamic dressing which is creamy with a sweet tang, similar to a creamy honey mustard. I added to it 2-3 tablespoons Wildtree’s Thai Sweet & Spicy Chili Sauce and 3 tablespoons Asian Plum Ginger Dressing for an Asian twist on this dressing. Add Sirachi if you want a bit of heat.  You can make the dressing while the chicken marinates.  It really comes together fast.

If you don’t have my cookbook where I feature the honey balsamic (my house dressing), you could substitute a yogurt based honey mustard or even Wildtree’s Coleslaw dressing with a dollop or two of mayo or Greek yogurt or just use your favorite Asian style salad dressing if you don’t have time to make your own.

For the chicken, I will be using 2 tablespoons of Wildtree Teriyaki and 2 tablespoons of the Asian Plum Ginger.  Marinate for 30 minutes and then grill either on an indoor grill pan or outside (if is not raining like it has been here most evenings).

For the salad, the ingredients are:
- Romaine Lettuce
- Mandarin Oranges (from a small can, drained)
- Red Bell Pepper, Thinly Sliced
- Green Onions, Thinly Sliced- Peanuts (or slivered almonds if you prefer)
- Thin Style Rice Noodles

You could also add bean sprouts and thinly sliced red onion but since I making it for my husband I tend to keep it pretty simple.Just toss the veggies and mandarin oranges together in a large bowl. Add with the dressing and toss. Then top with peanuts and the crunchy rice noodles.

That's it!! Dinner is on the table. Fast, easy and fresh!

I hope you enjoy this simple but delicious summer salad for dinner one of these nights really soon.And come back tomorrow for pictures of dinner in progress….
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