Cold Sesame and Chicken Noodle Salad

I can’t even describe how delicious this cold sesame and chicken noodle salad was. Healthy, low-carb, high fiber, high nutrients, and absolutely one of the best things ever to come out of the K2.0 kitchen! It calls for both sweet miso and tahini; ingredients that may not be in your pantry if you aren’t a fan of Asian or Middle Eastern cookery, but no matter. Buy them. Once you taste the dressing on this salad, you’ll be making more for tomorrow. In fact, after the plates were cleared from this meal, we did just that! Husband wanted to take the dressing to work for his noon salad. Daughter scooped up the leftovers for her work lunch, and needed dressing for it. 2nd batch of dressing was just as good as the first.

We found the original recipe on Kitchn’s website this weekend. We made a few K2.0 adjustments, and here is the dressing:

Sesame Miso Tahini Dressing

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 53kcal
Tangy, sweet, savory and AMAZING; this dressing will be a hit with everyone in your house!
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Ingredients

  • cup rice vinegar
  • 3 cloves minced fresh garlic
  • 1 Tbsp ginger paste, such as Gourmet Garden Ginger Stir-in Paste
  • 2 Tbsp white miso paste
  • 1 Tbsp tahini, well stirred
  • 1 Tbsp low-sodium soy
  • 2 tsp toasted sesame oil
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes
  • ¼ cup water

Instructions

  • Combine all ingredients in a large bowl.
  • Whisk with a fork or standard whisk for a full minute, in order to emulsify the oils into the other ingredients.
  • Pour into a mason jar or other lidded container. Store in refrigerator for up to 3 days.
  • Shake vigorously before serving.

Nutrition

Serving: 2Tbsp | Calories: 53kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 308mg | Potassium: 36mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 99IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 9mg | Iron: 1mg

Here are the Wegman’s links to the miso, tahini and soy sauce we used, in the hopes that you can find similar products in your area. Pay attention to the sodium content! The miso is called “Wegmans White Miso Paste.” The soy sauce is also a Wegmans brand: “45% Reduced Sodium Soy Sauce,” but you could also use Liquid Coconut Aminos, which have less sodium. Finally, the tahini sauce we chose is from Whole Foods: “365 Organic Tahini.”

Making the salad is easy!

We cooked up some whole wheat linguini, added freshly poached chicken tenderloin, and combined it with: red cabbage, fresh edamame, snow peas, julienned seedless cucumber, blanched snow peas, scallions and black sesame seeds. Phenomenal. Truly.

The pasta is under there somewhere. I promise. Obviously we didn’t make the pasta the star of the meal. It was all about the chicken, the vegetables, and THAT DRESSING!

If you make one thing from this blog this month, make this salad and the dressing. We used approximately 2 tablespoons of dressing on our salads. Not tons, but it was thin-ish, due to the added water, and still provides plenty of flavor. If you need to, add a 3rd Tablespoon. No worries: it still won’t be over the K2.0 sodium threshold.

This salad would be a wonderful menu item for a women’s luncheon, a Sunday brunch, or at a potluck gathering.

Cold Sesame Chicken and Noodle Salad

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 293kcal
Kitchn.com posted a version of this recipe online; K2.0 modified it to fit K2.0 guidelines, and this is the result!
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Ingredients

  • 3 oz Whole Wheat linguini pasta, cooked
  • 2 cups red cabbage
  • 1 large cucumber
  • 1 cup edamame
  • 1 Tbsp black sesame seeds
  • 24 oz chicken tenderloins
  • 6 scallions
  • 1 cup snow peas
  • rice vinegar
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 Tbsp ginger paste, such as: Gourmet Garden Ginger Stir-in Paste
  • 2 Tbsp white miso paste
  • 1 Tbsp tahini
  • 1 Tbsp low-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes
  • ¼ cup water

Instructions

  • Make Sesame Miso Tahini dressing: Combine: vinegar, garlic, ginger, miso, tahini, soy, sesame oil, olive oil, red pepper flakes and water in a large bowl. Whisk with a fork or standard whisk for a full minute, in order to emulsify the oils into the other ingredients.
  • Poach chicken tenderloins for 10 minutes at a low simmer. Place in a bowl of cool water to remove any foam.
  • Blanch snow peas in boiling water for 30 seconds and place in an ice bath afterwards to cool. Drain.
  • Boil whole wheat linguini for 12 minutes at a steady boil. Drain and place in cold water. Then drain, and pat with a towel to dry the pasta.
  • Combine snow peas, cucumber, edamame, diced cabbage, sesame seeds, chicken, chopped scallions and noodles in a bowl and toss with dressing.

Nutrition

Calories: 293kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 32g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 73mg | Sodium: 454mg | Potassium: 806mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 795IU | Vitamin C: 34mg | Calcium: 86mg | Iron: 3mg

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