Applebees Grilled Chicken Oriental Salad (copycat recipe)

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Ingredients
  • 6-8 cups romaine lettuce
  • 2 chicken breasts
  • 1/2 cup crispy rice noodles
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds
  • 2 tablespoons shredded carrots
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • salt and pepper

Applebee’s Oriental Salad Dressing.

  • Yield: approximately 3/4 cup.
  • 1/4 cup Mayonnaise
  • 4 tablespoons Rice Wine Vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons sesame seed oil
  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame seed oil
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

Grill chicken breasts, by first placing into plastic wrap, and gently pounding them to about 3/8 of an inch thick. If you have a grill you can use a grill to cook your chicken breasts. You can also cook the chicken breasts in a skillet, add olive oil to a skillet and heat on medium heat. Season chicken breasts with salt and pepper, and cook for approximately 5 to 7 minutes on each side. Place fully cooked chicken breasts onto a plate, and allow to rest for 4 to 5 minutes before slicing.

Toast almonds by placing in a small skillet over medium heat, watch almonds carefully, there is a fine line between toasted almonds and burnt almonds. Shake pan gently and when you begin to smell the almonds they are toasting, allow them to toast for a few seconds more and immediately place almonds onto a paper towel and allow them to cool for a moment or two.

Assemble salads by first putting down the lettuce, I use about 3 to 4 cups of lettuce, add the shredded carrot, 1/4 cup crispy rice noodles, 1/4 cup toasted almonds, and then place on sliced chicken. Serve with Dressing

Directions for Dressing:

In a medium sized bowl combine sugar, and rice wine vinegar, and mix until sugar is completely dissolved. Add remaining ingredients and stir until well blended. Refrigerate salad dressing in a covered container for up to one week.

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Caesar Pasta Salad

Caesar Pasta Salad

Caesar Pasta Salad

Caesar Pasta Salad is an fantastic side dish. Great for summer picnics and potlucks, a real crowd pleaser. 

Ingredients

  • Salt
  • 12 ounces curly pasta, such as fusilli
  • 1 1/2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 9 flat anchovies, chopped
  • 1/4 cup plus 1/2 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup plus 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan
  • 10 cup chopped green leaf lettuce
  • Chopped fresh basil, optional

Preparation

 Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook pasta until just tender, about 10 minutes, or as package label directs.

 While pasta is cooking, combine garlic, anchovies, lemon juice, mayonnaise, olive oil and 3/4 tsp. salt in a blender and blend until smooth.

 Drain pasta. Toss with half of dressing and tomatoes. Let stand for 10 minutes. Toss with Parmesan.

 Toss lettuce with remaining dressing and divide among 4 shallow bowls. Spoon pasta salad over lettuce, sprinkle with basil, if desired, and serve

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