This Asian-inspired chicken dinner salad recipe has terrific crunch, thanks to sugar snap peas and napa cabbage. The orange dressing gets a kick of heat from sambal oelek, an Indonesian hot sauce. If you can't find it, try sriracha in its place.

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Recipe Summary

45 mins




Instructions Checklist
  • To prepare gomasio: Toast sesame seeds in a medium-size dry skillet over medium heat, stirring constantly, until golden brown, 4 to 5 minutes. Add salt and cook, stirring constantly, for about 1 minute more. Transfer to a plate or bowl and let cool completely.

  • Transfer mixture to a spice grinder and pulse a few times to grind coarsely; there should be a few whole seeds remaining (or use a mortar and pestle).

  • To prepare dressing: Whisk juice, vinegar, miso, honey, sesame oil and sambal oelek in a small bowl.

  • To prepare salad: Combine cabbage, peas, clementines (or mandarins), chicken, mint and scallions in a large bowl. Drizzle with the dressing and toss gently to combine.

  • Divide among 4 large salad plates or shallow bowls. Sprinkle each serving with 1 teaspoon of the gomasio (see Tip).


Gomasio [goh-MAH-shee-oh] is a Japanese seasoning made with toasted sesame seeds coarsely ground with a small amount of sea salt. It has a wonderful nutty flavor that sparks up plain roasted or grilled vegetables, sautéed greens, salads and grilled fish. Store leftover gomasio in an airtight glass container in the refrigerator up to 3 weeks.

Miso is fermented soybean paste made by inoculating a mixture of soybeans, salt and grains (usually barley or rice) with koji, a beneficial mold. Miso is undeniably salty, so a little goes a long way. White or sweet miso (Shiromiso), made with soy and rice, is yellow and milder in flavor; use for soup, salad dressings and sauces for fish or chicken. Look for it near tofu at well-stocked supermarkets.

Nutrition Facts

272 calories; protein 27g 54% DV; carbohydrates 24.7g 8% DV; dietary fiber 5.7g 23% DV; sugars 15g; fat 8g 12% DV; saturated fat 1.5g 8% DV; cholesterol 59.5mg 20% DV; vitamin a iu 2010.9IU 40% DV; vitamin c 85.7mg 143% DV; folate 119.1mcg 30% DV; calcium 138.6mg 14% DV; iron 3.9mg 22% DV; magnesium 69.3mg 25% DV; potassium 766.7mg 22% DV; sodium 461.8mg 19% DV; thiamin 0.3mg 27% DV; added sugar 4g.