Asian style salad dressing?
I made an "asian" style chicken salad for dinner last night; I sauteed the chicken in some ginger, green onion, soy sauce and honey, and served over some napa cabbage and other vegetables. Unfortunately, I used a bottled dressing that was loaded with high fructose corn syrup. Does anyone have a suggestion for a homemade dressing that would be well suited to this type of dish? I would really appreciate it.
I make mine, for Chinese Chicken Salad, using honey, garlic, fresh ginger macerated in rice wine vinegar, soy sauce, sesame oil, S&P, and salad oil. I whick it over low heat to combine all ingrediets.
But here's another recipe you might want to look at:
So many options! Love the freestyle-ness of salad dressings.
Today I needed to use up some oranges and broccoli. Hence, OJ, ginger, garlic, soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, hoisin, a dash of sambal oelek and a bit of five-spice powder -- tossed with some chicken and veggies, and ta da! Oh, a tiny splash of sesame oil, too. Would have finished with some toasted sesame seeds but forgot to toast them, until such time as dinner was ready and I was too hungry to prolong it further. ;)
The oranges were literally not even the slightest bit tart or I'd have put in some honey or brown sugar. I'd have preferred them tarter.
I like to make a maple-wasabi one sometimes, too (also great with salmon) or if you're in a more Thai-ish mood, make one with lime and coriander. These all work great as marinades, too, or stir-fry sauces with some modifications.
You can make a really nice Asian-style vinaigrette by preparing nuoc cham sauce, the traditional Vietnamese dipping sauce, then adding some sesame oil to it. It's addictive. You can search for a nuoc cham recipe online; it's very popular and easy to find recipes for. It's basically lime juice, fish sauce, a little sugar dissolved in water, a little garlic, and a little chopped Thai bird chili.
My favorite for chicken stir-fry/salad (I do a mix of stir fried snow peas and julienned carrots, plus raw snow peas and carrots on greens) is a mix of grated/minced ginger, hoisin sauce, soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, sesame oil, toasted sesame seeds, and minced garlic - sometimes a little orange juice depending on whether i have it or not. It's an easy mix of flavors to play with, though, and pretty forgiving.
Thanks, everyone! I can already envision DH rolling his eyes at me on the tenth straight day of chinese chicken salad because I can't wait to try them all out :)