MANDARIN SALAD

INGREDIENTS

Chicken breast, boneless skinless organic free-range, cut in strips or chunks

and 1/4C dry white wine for cooking

OR

2/3C cooked short-grain brown rice + 1/3C adzuki beans or any other kind of beans

*1 small bag or package of organic wild greens, locally grown and organic if possible

Optional – handful of Sprouts, radish, Daikon radish, or other sprouts

2 Cuties or Mandarin oranges or 1 tangerine or 1/2 tangelo sections sliced or 1/2 orange sections sliced

2T raw almonds or other nuts, any kind, slivered you can leave skin on

1T Vegetable oil or expeller pressed Safflower oil, suitable for high-heat cooking

SESAME SEED DRESSING

INGREDIENTS

1T oil, unrefined toasted sesame seed oil or extra virgin olive oil or Coconut oil, virgin and unrefined

2T rice wine vinegar or any vinegar

1t Soy Sauce or Bragg’s Aminos or Tamari, organic and gluten-free or Soy Sauce, organic and gluten-free

1t sugar or coconut or palm sugar or a few drops of 100% liquid stevia (zero calories)

1/2t fresh grated ginger

1/4t Black sesame seeds

1/4t White sesame seeds

Dash of fresh ground pepper

HEALTHY HINTS & TIPS: Buy pre-washed organic Spring greens or other healthy greens mix to save time.  You can also buy a low-fat or non-fat salad dressing like Follow Your Heart Brand, Organic oil-free Tamari Miso Dressing or similar.

DIRECTIONS

MEAT-BASED: In a frying pan, add 1T oil and warm over medium heat then add strips of chicken breast. Cook, stirring frequently until chicken is browned, about 5 minutes.  Add 1/4C dry white wine. Cover and simmer until chicken is cooked through, about 5-10 minutes longer.

PLANT-BASED: Cook rice according to package directions, you can use short-grain brown rice or try Bhutan red rice or Forbidden black rice. Cool rice. Use homemade aduzki beans, cooled if possible, look for recipe on this site or canned beans if you must. If using canned beans, rinse well.  You can use any kind of beans that you like.

DRESSING:  Mix all ingredients, except for sesame seeds and pepper, in a small bowl and whisk until oil is well blended or use a small food processor. Mix in the sesame seeds and fresh grated pepper. Set dressing aside

SALAD:  If not using prewashed wild greens, wash lettuce mix well. Rinse the sprouts and mix them with the wild greens and transfer to a dinner plate.

Peel the cuties or other citrus fruit and arrange the sections, along with the chicken strips or beans if using, on the bed of greens.  If using rice, put in a clump in the middle of the greens.  Sprinkle the sprinkle almonds or other nuts on top of the greens.  Or if using chicken, you can put the almonds in a clump in the middle of the greens.

Add dressing and enjoy!

*NOTE: please buy organic, boneless skinless, cage-free, hormone-free, antibiotic-free, pesticide-free chicken. And remember that lettuce is on the “Dirty Dozen” list of most heavily sprayed produce so please buy organic.

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