Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Chinese Chicken Salad

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Chinese Chicken Salad

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Normally, I don't give diet books even a second glance. (I'm a big believer in the "everything in moderation" philosophy of eating.) I do, however, love Men's Health editor David Zinczenko's "Eat This, Not That!" series of books, so when I saw his name on this soon-to-be-released title, I had to take a look.

He describes the dinner salad below as "fusion cuisine at its finest." I'm more taken by its ease. A satisfying (and low-cal) dish you can toss together in less than 10 minutes it's perfect for this time a year, when so many of us are multitasking with baking, shopping, decorating and wrapping gifts.

To short cut, substitute bottled dressing.

For salad

1 small head napa cabbage

1/2 head red cabbage

1/2 tablespoon sugar

2 cups chopped or shredded cooked rotisserie chicken

1 cup fresh cilantro leaves

1 cup canned mandarin oranges, drained

1/2 cup sliced almonds, toasted

Salt and black pepper to taste

For vinaigrette

1/3 cup unseasoned rice vinegar

1/4 cup soy sauce

31/2 tablespoons honey

1/4 cup sesame oil

1/3 cup peanut oil

3 cloves garlic, peeled and roughly chopped

1 1/2-inch square piece fresh ginger, peeled and roughly chopped

Slice the cabbages in half lengthwise and remove the cores. …

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