I have my 16 year old daughter to thank for this recipe.
And I have my husband to thank (said sarcastically) for pushing me to make it. Long story short: he invited 3 adults over for lunch one Sunday and I had 15 minutes to come up with a hardy meal to serve them AND my family of 7.
I honestly wasn’t expecting my kids to like this salad. It’s a little out of the ordinary, combining romaine lettuce with cooked pasta. I was planning (maybe even hoping?) that KitKat and I would end up eating the entire thing, but everyone – kids and adults alike – ended up gobbling it all up happily (note: I did increase the recipe to serve so many people).
Also of note: I ran out of sesame seeds – kind of a big deal in a sesame chicken salad – but no one complained (I just wanted to point that out if you notice them lacking in the pictures). The sesame oil in the dressing adds that wonderful sesame flavor anyway. With the crunch of the almonds and wonton strips, I hardly missed them!
Sesame Chicken Salad
- 4 cups chopped romaine lettuce
- 1 cup chicken, cut in small strips
- 2 green onions, sliced
- ¼ cup sliced almonds, toasted lightly
- 1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds
- 2 cups cooked pasta (I like using a curly pasta like rotini or fusilli), cooled (for a quick cooling, drain your pasta in a large colander and run cold water over the noodles until they get cold.)
- 1 cup toasted wonton strips
- 1 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1 tablespoon sesame oil
- 6 tablespoons rice vinegar
- 1½ teaspoons sugar
- 2 teaspoons light soy sauce
- 2 tablespoon sesame seeds
- ½ teaspoon fresh ground pepper
- ⅛ teaspoon salt
- In a large bowl, combine lettuce, chicken, green onion, almonds and pasta.
- Combine dressing ingredients in a small jar. Shake well until sugar dissolves.
- Top salad with 2-3 tablespoons of dressing and sprinkle with sesame seeds and wonton strips.
Note: to make this 15 minute meal work, here are a few tips – 1) While the water is boiling/pasta is cooking, cook thin pieces of boneless chicken on a countertop grill/griddler that cooks the chicken on both sides simultaneously. Mine has saved me hours of time in the kitchen in the year that I’ve owned it! 2) Chop lettuce and mix dressing while the pasta and chicken cook so that once those two are finished, you can throw the salad together quickly. 3) Save even more time by cutting up a rotisserie chicken that’s already cooked!
Round off this light, refreshing, and QUICK meal with some fruit on the side.
I’m so excited to be joining with a great group of bloggers every week to share 15 Minute Suppers with you. 15 Minute Suppers is all about getting supper on the table quickly with a homemade meal. All of the recipe shared are super easy take only 15 minutes or less to get on the table. Our lives are so busy that sometimes it’s hard to find time to sit down together at the table for supper. Well, say bye bye to the 30 minute suppers and HELLO 15 Minute Suppers!
You have to check out these 7 fabulous 15 Minute Suppers:
Easy Taco Burgers from Around My Family Table
Cajun Chicken Alfredo from Monzanita’s
Sesame Chicken Salad from Better in Bulk
Homemade Beef & Bean Chili from How To This And That
Italian Couscous with Sausage from Suburbia Unwrapped
Paleo Shrimp Salad Recipe from Confessions of an Overworked Mom
Healthy Pesto “Spaghetti” from Mindfully Frugal Mom
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