RECIPE: Mandarin Turkey Salad



I am a sucker for oriental chicken salads. I love getting them at restaurants. I have finally found a way to make a really good one at home. The following recipe is flexible as far as your meat. I have tried it with chicken breasts or turkey breasts and used a store-bought Teriyaki marinade on them for the grill. After cooled, I cut them up and put them on top of the salad. Another great treat we do is stop by The Paulina Meat Market, a local butcher, and pick up one of their honey smoked chicken breasts in single packs. We cut it up cold and pop it on the salad and it is delicious.

Mandarin Turkey Salad-yields 4 servings

4 1/2 cups torn romaine (or get a bagged salad if you are short on time)
1 /2 cup torn radicchio
1 1/2 cups cooked turkey or chicken
1 /4 cup vertically sliced red onion
1 11-oz. can mandarin oranges, drained
1 /3 cup toasted almonds
1/2 cup shredded mozzarella (or other mild cheese)
1/2 cup julienned red pepper
chow mein noodles (optional)

Dressing:
1/4 cup orange juice
1 1/2 Tbsp. pear infused vinegar or cider vinegar
splash of balsamic vinegar
1 Tbsp. honey
1 1/2 tsp. poppy seeds
1 1 /2 tsp. olive oil
1/4 tsp. Dijon mustard
1/8 tsp salt
1/8 tsp. pepper


Combine vegetables and meat in a large bowl. In a smaller bowl, add orange juice, vinegars and seasonings. Add olive oil while whisking the mixture until emulsified. I sometimes add more olive oil for my 
taste and consistency. Pour over salad and toss gently to coat. Serve.

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