May 2011

This is the second post as part of The Secret Recipe Club (The SRC). And I am as thrilled with this recipe and the blogger that was picked for me this time as I was last month for the Coconut Banana Bread with Lime Sauce. This month pick for this month was Vietnamese-Inspired Cabbage and Chicken Salad by Sarah from Simply Cooked. Check out the original recipe and other great eats on her blog! As usual, I made a few substitutions because 1) ingredients my Mountain Man and I prefer and 2) ingredients I had on hand. The result is as follows. And by the way, we will be making and eating this again and again! Great for two people or for a potluck dinner. This is a great main dish or side for any occasion! For a meal, this will serve two. For a side, this will easily serve four. Cabbage and Chicken Salad Salad Ingredients: 8 oz. minced Chicken 1 tsp. Sea Salt, divided 1 medium Sweet Onion 1/2 large head of napa cabbage 1 large celery rib 1/4 Red Bell Pepper 2 Tbsp. fresh celery leaves Salad Dressing: 4 Tbsp. Lime Juice 3 Tbsp. reduced sodium Soy Sauce 2 Tbsp. Blue Agave Nectar 1 Tbsp. Rice Wine Vinegar 1/4 tsp. crushed Red Pepper Flakes Fresh cracked Black Pepper to taste Add the chicken and 1 teaspoon salt to a small saucepan and cover with water. Bring to the boil then reduce to simmer for about 5 minutes to poach. Remove and drain the chicken and allow to cool while preparing the rest of the salad. Once cooled, mince into small pieces. Slice the onion in half and then slice each half into very thin slices. Place in a large salad bowl. Finely chop or shred the cabbage, celery and celery leaves. Add to bowl with onions. Chop red bell pepper and add to salad bowl. Combine all the dressing ingredients in a small jar. Shake to combine. Add the chicken to the salad bowl and pour the dressing over the salad. Toss everything to combine. This is a fabulous, light salad perfect for a healthy lunch, picnic dinner or a side dish. In fact, I’ve included the nutrition information for this one. May not be perfectly accurate, but it’s pretty darn close. You’re gonna love this one. We certainly did! MM: “Poached chicken?” Me: “Yes, poached.” MM: […]