Gluten Free Dairy Free Sugar Free Chinese Chicken Salad
I adapted this Chinese Chicken Salad for dinner last night. I had the "original" (minus the noodles) while out with a friend at this popular pizza chain restaurant last week. As I’m eating, I thought: “Why not make this salad for dinner? … something light after all the sweets we have been eating since Thanksgiving”. So, I went ahead and made my version of their Chinese Chicken Salad using fresh mandarin slices (instead of canned), and green cabbage (instead of napa cabbage - a type of Chinese cabbage that is more oval than round). Either, or both of the original ingredients would work fine in here if these are not available. I just thought extra cabbage crunch and some fresh satsuma mandarin - now in season and at their best - would be better instead. There were so many different ingredients dressed in the simple sesame dressing that adding noodles just may be a thing of the past.
You can make all the components of this colorful salad a day ahead, as well as the dressing, and assemble it before serving and for a protein-rich vegan option, try canned black beans or great northern beans, they make a tasty substitute. Leftovers make a nice lunch to pack for school, or work, well, that is if there are any leftovers … enjoy!