Do you ever go on walks as a family? We went on drives more than walks growing up and I think at least part of that was because it was often raining in Vancouver, Washington. Or Dad was gone. He was a busy business man and served as Bishop of our ward for a lot of my childhood. Now our little family goes on walks all the time when the weather permits and today we came home to this wonton chinese chicken salad. It might even be my favorite over our Applebee’s Oriental Chicken Salad copycat. It’s those wontons…
I know that taking a walk is good for the body so bringing us home to a salad with fried food in it kind of kills everything we did on the walk but it’s ok with me. Today was more about us as a family than anything anyway. While we were walking we got in some good conversation about feeling good about ourselves and what makes us happy. Have you ever asked your kids what really makes them happy?
Even if you think you know the answer you should go ahead and chat with them about it. They open up more and more as you take turns sharing and it’s always surprising to me how little they need or want, instead it’s really just about time. I felt so much peace tonight as I watched our kiddos stop by a random sprinkler and play in it while the sun was setting behind them. I hate that I let myself forget what it was like to be little. Maybe that’s why I like walks so much, it slows everything down and puts me in my place again.
WonTon Chinese Chicken Salad
WonTon Chinese Chicken Salad
- 1 cup oil
- 6 tablespoons sugar
- 2 to 2 1/2 tablespoons soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons sesame seed
- 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
- 1 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger
- 5 shots Tabasco sauce
- Crispy Chicken Fingers, chopped or 1 rotisserie chicken or 3 shredded chicken breasts, cooked and cooled
- 1 small head iceburg lettuce, chopped
- 1 small bunch romaine lettuce, chopped
- 1 Cup each Napa and Red Cabbage, sliced thin
- 2 cans mandarin oranges, drained
- 1/4 Cup Sliced Almonds
- Fried Wontons, see note
- Mix all ingredients together in blender except sesame seeds.
- Add sesame seeds and put in refrigerator to chill.
- Combine salad ingredients and toss with dressing immediately before serving.
I prefer to serve the dressing on the side and allow each person to dress their own. This way if there are leftovers you can actually save them and not have soggy salad.
I find the wontons in the produce section of the grocery store, it is usually near the fresh salsa and cut veggie trays. I just slice them in thin strips with a knife or kitchen shears and fry them for a second in hot oil, turning continuously.
Remove from oil and place on paper towels.
Yield: 6 servings, Serving Size: 1
- Amount Per Serving:
- Calories: 3027 Calories
- Total Fat: 248.8g
- Cholesterol: 156.5mg
- Carbohydrates: 136.6g
- Fiber: 18.9g
- Sugar: 108.2g
- Protein: 76.9g