Cashew Ginger Chicken Salad

Cashew Ginger Chicken Salad

My friend’s, Dan and Champion,came visit from the coast this weekend. Dan said he had been craving some of my home cooking. This salad is one of his favorites. Generally any place I take this salad, people are asking for the recipe and it’s usually eaten very quickly. You can also layer this salad with cream cheese and sweet and sour sauce for a great dip. I’ve always made this recipe with peanuts before, but I’m not so into peanuts anymore and so many people can’t have them. So, this time I used cashews. I will probably never use peanuts again. You certainly can still use them, if you totally love peanuts. Almonds would be great substitution as well, chicken and almonds are almost always good together.

Serve this chicken salad over greens or rice, on a sandwich, as a dip or on a cracker for a bite size appetizer.

This time I served it over raw spinach with steamed rice and sauteed greens beans and cherry tomatoes. Everyone happily cleared their plates. 🙂

Cashew Ginger Chicken Salad

Cashew Ginger Chicken Salad

2 Boneless skinless chicken breast, cooked and shredded

2 medium Carrots, shredded

1/4 c. Cilantro, chopped

1/4 c. Green onion, diced

2 Tb. Garlic, minced

2 Tb. Ginger, minced

1 c. Cashews, chopped

1/4 – 1/3 c. Coconut aminos, Wheat free tamari or soy sauce

(coconut aminos are slightly sweeter and a little less salty then regular soy sauce)

1/4 – 1/3 c. Sesame oil

2 Tb. Lemon or lime juice

Sea salt and Pepper to taste

I medium bowl, toss shredded chicken, shredded carrots, cilantro, green onion, garlic and cashews.

Pour coconut aminos, sesame oil and lemon juice over salad and toss to coat.

Season with salt and pepper.

Cashew Ginger Chicken Salad

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Asian Meatballs with Sesame Lime Dipping Sauce

Asian Meatballs with Sesame Lime Dipping Sauce

I originally got the idea for this recipe from Gourmet magazine a few years back. As always with recipes, I don’t follow them…I make them my own. Making this recipe gluten free included using rice cracker crumbs instead of panko, using coconut aminos instead of soy sauce or wheat free tamari and a few other slight variations. You can add diced water chestnuts to these meatballs for extra crunch (I forgot this time). I used my favorite purple rice and black sesame crackers for the crumbs, but you can use whatever crackers you have on hand.

I served my meatballs over a bed over sauteed celery, mushrooms and water chestnuts along with a side of rice. They would also go great with green peas, zucchini or Asian rice noodles.

Asian Meatballs with Sesame Lime Dipping Sauce

Asian Meatballs with Sesame Lime Dipping Sauce

1 lb. Ground beef

1/3 c. Sesame oil, separated

1/3 c. Coconut aminos or Wheat free tamari, separated

1/3 c. Lime juice, separated

1 Tb. Dijon Mustard

1/4 c. Green onion, diced

1/4 c. Cilantro, chopped

1/4 c. Garlic, diced

1 Egg

3/4 – 1 c. Rice crackers, chopped in food processor

Sea salt & Pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 350 F.

In a medium bowl, whisk together 1 Tb. each sesame oil, coconut aminos, lime juice and mustard.

Add 3 Tb. each green onion, cilantro and garlic. Taste and season with salt and pepper.

Meatball marinade and Sesame Lime Dipping Sauce

Meatball mixture

Whisk in one egg and add ground beef. Begin mixing and add in rice cracker crumbs.

Once mixture is well combined, roll spoonfuls of the meat mixture into 1 inch balls and place on parchment lined baking sheet.

Meatballs on Baking Sheet

Meatballs on Baking Sheet

Bake 30 – 45 minutes or until browned and cooked through.

While meatballs are baking, whisk together 2 Tb. each sesame oil, coconut aminos and lime juice. Add 1 Tb. each garlic, cilantro and green onion.

Taste and season with salt and pepper.

Sesame Lime Dipping Sauce

Asian Meatballs over Sauteed Mushrooms, Celery and Water Chestnuts