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Lighten Up

Written by Patti on July 6th, 2011

Good Morning Darlings!

Wow, our July 4th weekend was chock full of eating. Specifically lots of hot dogs, burgers and grilled chicken. And lemon bars. There were chips, beer margaritas, cuba libres, pasta salad, dips, and more chips.

Did I mention beer margaritas and lemon bars? I ate a lot of those.

How about a nice salad recipe today? Eating light sure couldn’t hurt me after all that indulgence.

I thought that an Asian Chicken Salad would be just the thing. How about you? It still tastes great, but a lot healthier than all those party foods.

Even I need a break once in a while.

Perfect for a light meal on a hot summer's day.

Asian Chicken Salad
adapted from


2 tablespoons brown sugar
2 teaspoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon sesame oil (optional)
1/4 cup vegetable oil
3 tablespoons rice vinegar
1 (8 ounce) package dried rice noodles
1 head iceberg lettuce – rinsed, dried, and chopped
4 boneless chicken breast halves, cooked and shredded
3 green onions, chopped
1 tablespoon sesame seeds, toasted


Prepare the dressing 30 minutes ahead of time by combining the brown sugar, soy sauce, sesame oil, salad oil, and rice vinegar in a salad dressing carafe.

To prepare the Chinese rice noodles, heat a skillet with a few tablespoons of oil and break off a little bit of the noodles and add them to the skillet and fry them. They will puff up in the skillet, so only add a few at a time. As they begin to puff up, remove and drain them on paper towels. Be sure to cook long enough as the under cooked noodles will be like eating needles. Once cooked, add them to the salad mixture.

In a large bowl combine the iceberg lettuce, cooked and shredded chicken, green onions and toasted sesame seeds. Let chill about 10 minutes, and just before serving add the cooked rice noodles. Serve in salad bowls and offer the dressing in a pourable container so your family can add as much dressing as they want. You can also pour the dressing over the top of the salad, toss, and serve immediately.

Doesn’t that sound delicious? It’s what’s for dinner at our house tonight.

xoxo, Patti

Today blogging to Glee – Light Up The Night


3 Comments so far ↓

  1. John says:

    Ok, so if I eat this salad does that mean I can have more of those lemon bars??? PLEASE!!! They were AMAZING. Hard to believe that they were completely calorie and fat free!! (That’s my story and I’m sticking to it!!)

  2. Patti says:

    Yup, those lemon bars had nothing but low calorie goodness. Although my scales seems to disagree! xoxoxo, P

  3. Lisa says:

    Sesame oil is NOT optional! so yummy and just a teeny bit goes such a long way….