This meal-worthy Chicken and Mandarin Salad boasts sweet mandarin oranges, creamy avocado, crunchy almonds, and homemade sesame dressing. BudgetBytes.com
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Chicken and Mandarin Salad with Simple Sesame Dressing

This meal-worthy Chicken and Mandarin Salad boasts sweet mandarin oranges, creamy avocado, crunchy almonds, and homemade sesame dressing.
Prep Time15 mins
Total Time15 mins
Total Cost: $5.20 recipe / $2.60 serving
Servings: 2
Author: Beth M

Ingredients

SIMPLE SESAME DRESSING

  • 2 Tbsp light or neutral oil* $0.08
  • 1 Tbsp rice vinegar $0.12
  • 4 tsp soy sauce $0.13
  • 1 tsp toasted sesame oil $0.11
  • 1 Tbsp brown sugar $0.02
  • 1 tsp grated fresh ginger $0.04
  • 1/2 Tbsp sesame seeds $0.04

SALAD

  • 6 cups salad greens** $1.25
  • 11oz can mandarin oranges $0.77
  • 1 rotisserie chicken breast $1.50
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds $0.50
  • 1/4 small red onion $0.14
  • 1/2 avocado $0.50

Instructions

  • Prepare the dressing first, so the flavors have a few minutes to blend. In a small bowl or jar, whisk together the oil, vinegar, soy sauce, toasted sesame oil, brown sugar, ginger, and sesame seeds. Set the dressing aside.
  • Slice the red onion very thinly and soak the slices for a few minutes in ice water to take the edge off. Drain the can of mandarin oranges. Slice the avocado and chop the chicken breast.
  • To assemble the salads, place about 3 cups of salad greens in each bowl or plate. Top with mandarin orange segments, chopped chicken, sliced avocado, and a few slices of the soaked red onion. Give the dressing one last whisk and then drizzle it over the salads. The dressing is potent, so start with a small amount and add more as needed.

Notes

*Use a light flavored or neutral oil, like canola, grapeseed, or an untoasted sesame oil.
**This salad works with a variety of salad greens, or even very thinly sliced cabbage.