This salad is really simple, inexpensive, and kind of obvious. But, hey, when I started THM a year ago, I really needed ideas! So I converted this easy family favorite to be a THM staple. It's safe for my daughter with Celiac disease, and I can make it an S, E, or FP depending on what kind of meal I need.
This recipe serves four, but it's easily doubled. Adding more chicken and cabbage would make it filling and help it to stretch to feed a crowd.
So as you can see, you start with a base salad, then add your ingredients to make it S, E, or FP. On Thursdays, I bake a big batch of chicken thighs and chicken breasts to keep handy for recipes like this. I use what I can for salads and freeze the rest. But knowing I have cooked chicken on hand means I can throw this salad and dressing together very quickly, which is awesome on busy school and work days.
For “S”, you would add baked chicken thighs, 1/2 cup of sliced or slivered almonds, and “S” Asian Salad Dressing (2 T brown sugar substitute, 1 tsp Bragg's Liquid Aminos, 1 T sesame oil, 1/4 C olive oil, and 3 T rice wine vinegar).
For “E”, you would add baked chicken breast, 1/2 – 3/4 cup cooked brown rice, 1 carrot (shredded or diced), and “FP” Asian Salad Dressing (2 T brown sugar substitute, 1 tsp Bragg's Liquid Aminos, 1/4 cup water, and 3 T rice wine vinegar).
For “FP” You would only add chicken breasts and “FP” Asian Salad Dressing (2 T brown sugar substitute, 1 tsp Bragg's Liquid Aminos, 1/4 cup water, and 3 T rice wine vinegar).
My kids love this salad and beg for it frequently. You can add more veggies, or if you don't like chicken thighs, you can go ahead and throw the breast on your S salad. If you are wondering if one of your favorite salad ingredients is safe to add, you can look at your Trim Healthy Mama book to make sure that it's safe for the type of meal you're aiming for.
A brief warning – I used to make this dressing with regular brown sugar, and now when I use Just Like Brown Sugar it tastes a bit sweeter. Both the sweetener and the vinegar can be adjusted to your taste, so start slow – with 1/2 T of sweetener and 1 T of rice wine vinegar – and adjust from there. I LOVE vinegar so you may need to tone it down. 😉
If you don't have Just Like Brown Sugar, you could try a brown sugar substitute from Gwen's Nest.
**If you are cooking gluten-free please remember to check every ingredient, particularly if you are cooking for someone with Celiac disease. You could use soy sauce in place of the Bragg's Liquid Aminos, but I recommend the aminos instead. Many soy sauces are not gluten-free.
**** If you haven't yet, please check out 31 Days of THM Meals , or any of my other meal plans and menus!