Crisp Napa cabbage, juicy chicken, and crunchy almonds are what make Napa Chicken Salad so delicious.
Salad is one of my favorite, quick and easy summer dinner ideas. And this Napa Chicken Salad is one we make often. Just pick up a rotisserie chicken your local grocery store and dinner is ready in no time.
Because we are empty nesters, we don’t often use the entire rotisserie chicken in one meal. You may need to use all of the meat if you are feeding a larger family. But if you do have some left over, I also love to make layered chicken berry salad or a family favorite, yummy bowl.
The Napa Chicken Salad gets its name from the Napa Cabbage you use. It is a nice alternative to romaine or spinach. I love the crisp texture! You may know this salad as a Chinese cabbage salad. No matter what you call it, it is delicious.
Also as part of the salad, I dice some green onions and make a fun crunchy mixture made from a package of chicken ramen noodles. I am not a huge ramen fan a, but when you use the noodles dry with the seasoning pack and a little butter they make a yummy, crunchy topping for your salad.
Just break up the noodles and combine them with some sesame seeds and slivered almonds in a frying pan. Then add some butter and toast them until they are golden brown. Be sure to stir frequently so they don’t burn.
The Napa cabbage is then topped with the chopped green onions, chicken, the crunchy topping and a nice light sesame flavored dressing. Some mandarin oranges would also make a nice addition.
Celebrate summer with a quick and easy Napa Chicken Salad for dinner.
Napa Almond Chicken Salad Recipe
- 1 pkg. chicken flavored ramen noodles
- 1/4 C butter
- 1/2 C sesame seeds
- 1/2 C blanched slivered almonds
- 1 lg head of napa cabbage shredded
- 6 green onions chopped
- 1/4 C canola oil
- 1/4 C white wine or regular white vinegar
- 1 Tbsp soy sauce
- 1 Tbsp sesame oil
- 1/8 C sugar
- 1 rotisserie chicken
Crush noodles and add into pan with butter, sesame seeds and almonds.
Cook until golden brown, stir often.
Add in seasoning package from ramen noodles and then cool.
Mix dressing ingredients together.
Add green onions to cabbage.
Drizzle with dressing and sprinkle with crunchy noodle topping.
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