Asian Kale Chicken Salad

Asian Kale & Herb Salad

New to our salad repertoire is a kale salad laden with fresh herbs. This was designed for our chef demonstration at our local Saturday Farmer’s Market on July 4th weekend, utilizing that day’s market available produce. Fresh and light, this salad is full of bright flavors with an Asian influence.

Culinarily Yours,

Chef Cal & Christa DeMercurio

Asian Kale & Herb Salad with Smoked Chicken and Sesame Dressing

An herbaceous salad dressed with a fragrant and flavorful sesame vinaigrette.
Total Time45 mins
Course: Salad
Cuisine: Asian
Keyword: kale, sesame, cucumber, chicken, spring rolls
Servings: 8 (2 oz) servings
Author: Chef Cal DeMercurio | Culinarily Yours

Equipment

  • Immersion Blender

Ingredients

SESAME DRESSING

  • 1 cup seasoned rice vinegar
  • 1 cup sesame oil
  • 1 Tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp table salt
  • 1/2 tsp chili oil
  • 1/4 tsp xanthan gum

KALE SALAD

  • seasonal kale chopped
  • smoked chicken breast small dice
  • carrot julienne
  • Armenian or English cucumber julienne
  • red onion small dice
  • fresh mint rough chop
  • fresh basil rough chop
  • fresh cilantro rough chop
  • fresh ginger minced
  • black and white sesame seeds

Instructions

SESAME DRESSING

  • Gather all of your ingredients for the dressing, measure and combine.
  • Using an immersion blender, blend until smooth and emulsified.
  • Cover and chill for a minimum of 30 minutes.

KALE SALAD

  • While the dressing is holding in the refrigerator, gather all of your prepared salad ingredients. When it comes to salads, proportions are at the discretion of the cook and season. Always start with a larger base of kale, then add lesser amounts of the cucumber, carrots and chicken. To that even lesser amounts of the herbs. When adding the ginger, add just a touch, due to its power in flavor. Finally add a dusting of the sesame seeds. Toss everything together in large bowl.
  • Just before serving, add desired amount of dressing and toss. Plate and serve immediately for your guests.

Notes

Depending on availability and seasonality, this recipe can be modified to your liking. The greens are easily adjustable to what you have on hand, but I would suggest that you utilize at least a couple types of fresh herbs, to enhance and maintain the brightness of this preparation. The protein component can easily be switched to another, such as pork. Also, the Sesame Vinaigrette can be used to serve alongside spring rolls as a dipping sauce.
Culinarily Yours,
Chef Cal

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