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Chicken and Spinach Salad
with Japanese dressing

Active: 25 min Total: 25 min

We're still recovering from Thanksgiving feasting with this simple salad that's all about the dressing. This Japanese dressing (the creamy, orange one we've seen at every Japanese restaurant) does have quite a list of ingredients, but it's worth the effort (plus your blender does most of the work). Slightly sweet, it'll turn your leftover chicken (or tofu) and quinoa into a whole different dish. Also please forgive me, but I somehow forgot the carrots and cucumbers in my shopping list (even professional meal planners have their days), which is why they're missing in this photo.

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Ingredients

Servings:
4
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Chicken and Spinach Salad with Quinoa:
  • Homemade Japanese dressing - 3/4 cup ((ingredients listed separately))
  • Carrots - 1/2 lb, grated
  • Cucumbers - 1/2 lb, cubed
  • Leftover chicken breasts - 1 lb, sliced
  • Leftover quinoa - 1 1/2 cups
  • Baby spinach - 6 oz
Japanese Dressing:
  • Onion - 1/4, peeled
  • Green onion - 1 stalk, just the white part
  • Ginger - 1/2 inch, peeled
  • Garlic - 1 clove, peeled
  • Cooking oil - 1/4 cup
  • Rice vinegar - 2 1/2 Tbsp
  • Water - 1 Tbsp
  • Ketchup - 1 Tbsp
  • Soy sauce, low-sodium - 2 tsp
  • Sugar - 1 tsp
  • Lemon juice - 1 tsp
  • Salt - 1/4 tsp
  • Black pepper - pinch

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Serving Size: 1 serving
Servings Per Recipe 4
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Prep

  1. Japanese dressing - Mix all ingredients together in a blender. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  2. Carrots - Grate. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  3. Cucumbers - Cube.

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Make

  1. Warm up leftover chicken and quinoa from Monday's dinner
  2. Toss spinach, quinoa, carrots, and cucumbers with as much dressing as you want. Top with proteins and drizzle on more dressing.

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Reviews

Ratings

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12 reviews

LOVED the dressing -- had no idea that's what the pinkish dressing on many Japanese restaurant salads was made from! It was strong but I like spicy onions! Would definitely make this again. Substituted BBQ sauce for ketchup since that's what I had on hand -- tasted great and didn't overpower the dressing at all.

By: Sundi
Posted: Feb 27, 2015
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

I marked this as a favorite because of the dressing-so good!

By: Toni
Posted: Jan 22, 2014
Diet: Original
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I made his for us and for a guest, so instead of 4 servings...it was just 3 massive salads. It was super easy to make, very fresh tasting, and the dressing was excellent. I can't wait to eat this again.

By: Samuel
Posted: Dec 17, 2013
Diet: Original
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Based on other reviews, I used a small mild onion and it wasn't overpowering. Great use of leftovers!

By: Jenise
Posted: Dec 15, 2013
Diet: Original
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Dressing was a little strong, but super easy!

By: laura
Posted: Dec 13, 2013
Diet: Vegetarian
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Nice, healthy meal. Salad dressing was yummy and super easy! We didn't have any leftover quinoa so I cooked some whole wheat spiral pasta and tossed it in with my husband's salad, and I ate mine sans carbs. We rarely have salads as a main course, so this was a great change of pace!

By: Lainie
Posted: Dec 11, 2013
Diet: Original
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