Monday, January 10, 2011

Chinese No Chicken Salad

First I want to thank everyone who commented on my green smoothie post in the last two days. As any blogger will tell ya, it's the comments that make it all worthwhile! That, and getting shout outs on other people's blogs, which is why I was so excited when I woke up today to find out that Roni over at and had given Healthy Girl's Kitchen a major shout out! CHECK IT OUT HERE. Thanks Roni!

Roni's been blogging about weight loss and Weight Watchers for a long, long time, but she had never tried a green smoothie, not once. It's my major concern about Weight Watchers, that they are not impressing upon their members the importance of nutritional excellence when striving to attain a healthy weight. So I was really jazzed up that Roni, a very popular and public Weight Watcher, decided to try her first green smoothie, and blog about it to a very large audience, as a result of my encouragement. Go Roni!

I leave you with something near and dear to my heart. The Asian No Chicken Salad. As a longtime fan of Chinese Chicken Salads (having lived in Los Angeles for 9 years), I long for the yumminess (for lack of a better word) of them. So I frequently make a no chicken version and I don't miss the chicken at all!

Healthy Girl's Asian No Chicken Salad
serves a crowd

1 package of 3 hearts of romaine, sliced thin and washed and dried
3 cups shredded cabbage
1 medium cucumber, peeled, seeded and chopped
1 5 oz. can water chestnuts, chopped
1 15 ounce can mandarin oranges, drained
1 15 ounce can garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained
1/3 cup raw sliced almonds
1/8 cup raw sesame seeds
2-3 peeled and shredded carrots
2 scallions, thinly sliced

Place all ingredients in large bowl and toss with dressing.
Healthy Girl's Asian Low Oil Dressing
adapted from a recipe from

1 teaspoon Bragg Liquid Aminos
1 tablespoon fresh ginger, finely chopped
2 tablespoons rice vinegar
3 tablespoons orange juice
1 teaspoon sesame oil, toasted
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

Lastly, here's a fun article about how veganism is becoming mainstream. How awesome is that?


JL goes Vegan said...

I'm cuckoo for cabbage but I have to tell you that dressing has my mouth watering. I think I know what I'm having for lunch!

Julia said...

Looks amazing! It's crazy how just a few months ago, I rarely met someone who knew what Veganism was. Now, almost everyone I meet has heard of it.

Kathleen @ Kat's Health Corner said...

This.looks.AWESOME!!! I love how there are garbonzo beans in this -- I adore those. :)

Renae said...

Thanks for posting this! The salad looks delicious! And thanks for adding the dressing recipe. Enjoying your blog!

Jess - The Domestic Vegan said...

Oh, man! This is SO right up my alley! It looks amazing.

I just found your blog & I LOVE it! :)

Wendy said...

Thank you for the comments/love guys!

Mama Pea said...

What an incredible blog you have! I am so impressed with all the amazing information you share...and your recipes look delicious. So glad you found me so I could find you!

Sana said...

You had me at garbanzo beans :)

Health Seeker's Kitchen said...

I love Asian type salads and this one looks so healthy. Awesome blog!!

exercisefoodandbeyond said...

The salad looks amazing! You have a great blog.

Kelsey @ Clean Teen Kelsey said...

This is a wonderful blog!! It is so aesthetically pleasing. I love your recipes, too. Adding you to my Reader!

*Autumn Tao* said...

Just found your space from a comment on Oh She Glows. As a vegan, and sooner-than-later first time mama, I look forward to learning from your experiences.


otherwisehealthy said...

Love low oil dressing recipes! Thanks for sharing! And thanks for the link to the article about veganism going mainstream. I heard about the article, but hadn't seen it yet. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

delicious. i was out of garbanzo beans (and carrots and scallions) but i made the salad anyway and used kidney beans instead and guess what? it was sooooooo good. and i didn't feel bad about eating four bowls!! thanks again wendy. you're hitting home runs!

Custom Vinyl Banners said...

I saw the salad and then I thought I wonder what would be the perfect dressing for this and there it was right at the bottom of the post. The garbanzo beans are a great addition and the sliced almonds. Looks lovely!

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