Chinese Chicken Salad with Pecans

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Chinese Chicken Salad with Pecans


This post is sponsored by American Pecans.

I always love a restaurant-worthy salad, but perhaps especially during these cold winter months, when heavier comfort foods are constant and a lighter—but just as flavorful—salad doesn’t feel like a sacrifice at all. This showstopper has loads of savory-sweet flavor and plenty of crunch. The base is a blend of two lettuces (romaine and iceberg), chopped scallions, and bean sprouts. Cooked rice noodles add satisfying heft, mandarin oranges offer up a little sweetness, while crispy fried wonton strips and chopped, toasted pecans add richness and crunch. To dress the salad, I make a delicious, salty-sweet Asian dressing with rice vinegar, soy sauce, honey, and the key ingredient: pecan butter, which you can make all on your own in a food processor or high-power blender. I like to use chopped rotisserie chicken breast for ease and convenience, but any baked, grilled, or poached chicken breast works!

Chinese Chicken Salad with Pecans
Chinese Chicken Salad with Pecans

Pecans might not be what you’d expect to find in a Chinese chicken salad, but trust me, they’re perfect. They add a nice crunch and have a lovely buttery and sweet taste which works so well with the Asian flavors in the salad. They are The Original Supernut, with many nutrition benefits, like 3 grams of plant-based protein and fiber per serving, “good” fats, and essential minerals.** They are a flavorful way to bring more nutrition to your meals and help power you through your busy day.

Chinese Chicken Salad with Pecans

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