Chinese Chicken Salad with a Zesty Chipotle Twist











Whip up a lively twist on a classic with our Chinese Chicken Salad featuring a zesty chipotle dressing. This gluten-free, dairy-free delight balances smoky flavors with fresh crispiness, making it a hit at any table.


Step 1: Craft the Dressing

Begin your culinary adventure by combining the white vinegar, both peanut and almond butters, fresh minced ginger, chipotle pepper puree, soy sauce, honey, sesame oil, and canola oil in a medium bowl. Grab a whisk and blend these flavors until well mixed. Season with a pinch of salt and pepper, adjusting according to your taste. This step is crucial for setting the flavorful foundation of your salad.
Pro Tip: Mix the dressing until smooth to ensure the flavors meld perfectly.

Step 2: Assemble the Salad

In a large bowl, toss together the shredded cabbage, chopped romaine lettuce, julienned carrots, snow peas, chopped cilantro, and sliced green onion. This vibrant medley of vegetables provides a crunchy and nutritious base for your salad. The variety of textures and colors not only make this dish appealing but ensure you're getting a good mix of vitamins and minerals.
Pro Tip: Cut your vegetables in uniform sizes for even distribution in every bite.

Step 3: Toss with Dressing

Now, pour your previously prepared dressing over the salad and gently toss until every leaf and veggie is coated in that glorious mix. The dressing not only adds flavor but acts as the glue that brings this salad together, ensuring each bite is as delicious as the next.
Pro Tip: Toss gently to avoid bruising the greens and maintain the salad's crispness.

Step 4: Garnish and Serve

Transfer your dressed salad to a serving platter. Next, top it with the shredded chicken, sprinkling the chopped peanuts and fresh mint leaves over the top. For an additional touch of flavor and spice, drizzle with chili oil, if using. Finally, garnish with lime halves for a burst of citrus that complements the smoky, spicy notes of the salad perfectly.
Pro Tip: The lime squeeze before serving brightens the dish and heightens the flavors.