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Szechuan Chicken Salad on Taste and Tell

I don’t know if anyone is like me, but sometimes, I have to skip past the food shows on tv, afraid that there will be another dish made that looks so delicious that I just have to make it. Maybe I’m easily overwhelmed, but I hate it when I feel like there are too many recipes to try, and not enough time. I get nervous looking at my bookmarked recipes that hold almost 1300 recipes that I have bookmarked from blogs or tv shows. How am I going to get through them all!?! So maybe if I stop reading blogs and watching food shows, I’ll be able to catch up. But that’s not going to happen, so I guess I just need to get in the kitchen and get busy!

While we were in New York, we were taking a break in our hotel room. My husband had fallen asleep, taking a nap, and I was flipping through the channels on the tv. Rachael Ray’s daytime talk show was on. I love 30-Minute Meals, but it’s been quite some time since I’ve watched her talk show. That day, she made this chicken salad, and I knew I just had to have it. I didn’t have a computer with me to bookmark it, so I figured I’d just forget about it. But I didn’t. I kept thinking, come on – it’s just a salad. But I couldn’t get it out of my mind.

So upon our return, I made the salad. It was a perfect post-vacation meal, especially after eating cheesecake, cupcakes, and oreos galore. The salad is healthy, easy, and full of flavor. And now that it’s summer here, and the heat is hitting us full on, this meal is even more perfect. There is no heating required at all!!

The recipe calls for edamame, but as you can tell from my photo, there is no edamame. It’s a bit hard to find here, and when I can find it, I’m never lucky enough to find the frozen, shelled kind. I always have to shell it myself. Well, the store I stopped at this day didn’t have any at all, so I ended up adding peas, which worked great. I’m sure it would have been better with edamame, but it was still tasty! I also substituted baby bellas for the shitake, again because the store didn’t have them. But that’s the beauty of recipes like this – they are easily adaptable!

Szechuan Chicken Salad
from Rachael Ray

3 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
3 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons Tamar
2 tablespoons hot sauce
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
salt and freshly ground pepper
2-inch piece of ginger, grated
1 large clove of garlic, grated or finely chopped
1 cup shelled frozen edamame, defrosted
1/2 head Napa or Savoy cabbage, shredded
1 small red bell pepper, thinly sliced
1/4 cucumber, halved lenghtwise and then thinly sliced on an angle
1/4 pound shitake mushrooms, stemmed and thinly sliced
4 scallions, very thinly sliced on an angle
3/4 pound deli-sliced chicken breast, torn or thinly sliced
3 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds

In a salad bowl, combine the vinegar, honey, Tamari, hot sauce, oil, salt, pepper, ginger and garlic.

Add in the edamame, cabbage, pepper, cucumber, mushrooms, scallions, and chicken. Toss to coat and garnish with sesame seeds.

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29 Responses to Szechuan Chicken Salad

  1. Elle says:

    That looks so crunchy and good! And I love the sweet/sour from the dressing.

    So I’m adding it to my ever growing list of bookmarked recipes from blogs, hehe.

  2. glamah16 says:

    Thatsa great healthy recipe. I always am on on th hunt for interesting summer salads.

  3. Cale and Kate says:

    I get overwhelmed with all the great recipes to try, too! I made this salad last week and we loved it! It’s going to be a regular around here this summer.

  4. Sophie says:

    Oh gosh, I am right there with you! Another thing, I hate grocery shopping on an empty stomach because it totally throws off my budget for the week :D. Just yesterday I was going through all my cooking magazines and cutting out all the recipes I wanted to make — decisions, decisions!

    Great summer salad, btw :), very refreshing and light.

  5. Ann says:

    Yum! Looks so yummy and crunchy!

  6. Kelly-Jane says:

    I love this kind of great healthy salad! Yum.

    I think there will always be too many recipes and not enough time!

  7. noble pig says:

    Always to many recipes and too many calories but heck whatever!

    This looks wonderful!

  8. Melanie says:

    Yum, salads are the perfect entree for hot summer evenings, if you ask me. I finally found a grocery store that carries the frozen, shelled edamame so I’m going to have to give this a go!

  9. kamailesfood says:

    I love salads made with Asian flavors. This one looks really yummy! I’ve always been able to find shelled edamame (mukimame) at Target in the frozen veggies section. I’m not sure if there’s a Super Target in UT County though.

    On another note, I noticed you hit up Magnolia’s while in NY. I’m a big cupcake fan and am curious- what did you think about Magnolia’s? Did it live up to all the hype?

  10. Jenny says:

    Really pretty salad. Looks nice and healthy for summer!

  11. Johnna Knows Good Food: Yum Yum, Gimme Some! says:

    It looks crunchy and tasty:-)

  12. Johnna Knows Good Food: Yum Yum, Gimme Some! says:

    It looks crunchy and tasty:-)

  13. Aggie says:

    I so know what you mean about now wanting to watch cooking shows etc…I am feeling very overwhemed as well with the amount of recipes/foods I want to try but don’t have the time for. I randomly came across Guy’s show today on Food Network (it’s only the second time I’ve seen it), he was preparing some really good looking Asian food (bbq pork fried rice! yum) and I just know I’m not going to be able to stop thinking about until I make it.

    Back to the salad…great looking salad! I love Asian salads so I’ll definately be trying this one sometime!

  14. Peabody says:

    It does look nice and healthy. Too bad when I make salad there is lots of dressing and bacon involved. 🙂

  15. Patsyk says:

    I love the look of that salad. I know what you mean about watching cooking shows… my list of recipes I want to try is so long, I don’t think I’ll ever get through them all, even if I were to cook all day every day for the rest of my life! LOL!

  16. Kevin says:

    That salad looks really good! I have a rather large number of bookmarked recipes to go through as well. I enjoy adding more tasty sounding dishes to it though. 🙂

  17. Dhanggit says:

    i never tasted something like this before! i love the sound of this chicken salad cant wait to try myself soon 🙂

  18. Emiline says:

    I really love Asian flavors, so this sounds great. And no heat required!
    I can’t believe you went to all of those places in NYC. I’m so jealous. I would love a Magnolia cupcake.

  19. Grace says:

    one thing i have no trouble avoiding is rachael’s talk show. i’m afraid i’m at the point where her voice and word choices just grate on my ears.
    this is a lovely recipe though. good thing i have you to watch her show and provide the recipe for me. 🙂

  20. Astra Libris says:

    Ooooh, this looks wonderful! The perfect summer supper salad recipe! Your photo is wonderful – just look at those gorgeous mushrooms! YUM! I sympathize with the “too many recipes” stress – I have a huge binder that keeps getting huger… and huger… Aaaahh! 🙂

  21. Robin Sue says:

    Deborah- Thanks for stopping by my blog today. Those macaroons look devine! I have recently been hooked on dulce de leche as well.

  22. Vicarious Foodie says:

    I totally understand about having too many recipes to get through. My current fear is that Fall will arrive and I won’t have finished all the summer recipes I have bookmarked. The fact that I spend half my time at work browsing the web for recipes doesn’t help matters, either.

  23. Shayne says:

    fresh and light, your right great salad for after vacation meals.

  24. farida says:

    This salad looks so good – crunchy, colorful! Yum! I should make it one day. Thanks for sharing the recipe with us!

  25. Paula says:

    I know just what you mean … so many good things to try, so little time. This salad looks good, and better yet, I have all the ingredients. I love it when that happens! Yum!

  26. April says:

    The salad looks really yummy!

  27. Jeff says:

    this isn’t a comment about your food but i just really need to know the answer to this. How did you get your site to come up on the google search engine… i can’t get my to even show. I would greatly appreciate the answer. Thank you

  28. Deborah says:


    In all honesty, I have no idea. I’m not a technical person at all – I just cook and write! I wish I had an answer for you!

  29. Linda says:

    I printed out the recipes for Szechuan Chicken Salad and Ginger Lemonade. They printed out soooo small to be almost unreadable. You need a magnifier to read them.
    Please resize the size of the print to help those of us who what to try your recipes.

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