Oriental salad recipes refer to the ingredients and seasonings used to prepare them. The word “Orient” means the East or relating to the Eastern world. In food terminology we relate Oriental food to Asian food; this could be Chinese, Japanese or any of the food coming from any of the Asian countries.
Oriental salad recipes will contain one or more of the many ingredients familiar to the Asian cooking. Soy sauce is one very popular ingredient found in most recipes; with salads it is often included in the dressing. Pineapple, mandarin oranges, bananas and melons are some of the fruits often included in recipes, Water chestnuts, sprouts, cabbage, carrots and green onions are some of the vegetables very familiar to the cuisine.
What I like most about Oriental salad recipes is the crispness. So many of the ingredients used in them are very crisp and even crunchy offering a lot of texture in every bite. Many flavors are inviting with the addition of a variety of dressings topping them off; one of my favorite being a well seasoned peanut dressing.
The following salad contains lychees. Lychees are an ancient Chinese fruit originally grown in Southern China. They now are grown many warm subtropical to tropical climates around the world where the temperatures do not get too cool. This fruit does not last long once it has been picked so it is hard to find these in the fresh form. The seeds in this fruit are poisonous. Cans of lychees can be found in many supermarkets in the Oriental section. The sweet white flesh of the fruit is high in vitamin c.If learning how to make a salad you will find many unusual fruits and vegetables used in Oriental cooking.
FRUIT SALAD RECIPE
This Oriental salad recipe is a blend of many of the delicious fruits with added flavor and texture coming from the lychees.
Mix all fruits together, cover and refrigerate overnight to blend flavors.
ASIAN SLAW RECIPE
In this Oriental salad recipe, water chestnuts, soy sauce and sesame seed oil helps to make up the wonderful flavor of an Asian slaw recipe.
Shred cabbage and put in a large bowl. Add water chestnuts. In a small bowl combine the soy sauce, sugar, vinegar, sesame oil, salt and pepper. Mix well and pour over cabbage and water chestnuts. Toss to blend well. Cover and refrigerate for several hours.
HOT CHICKEN SALAD RECIPE
Chicken is a favorite protein often added to the Oriental salad recipes; this hot chicken salad recipe is great.
Combine first eight ingredients and put in a baking pan.
Make a layer of cheese on top; then a layer of cracker crumbs over the cheese.
Bake in preheated oven at 350F degrees for 15 to 20 minutes.
CHICKEN RICE SALAD RECIPE
Cook rice to package directions substituting chicken broth for water; cool.
Bake pecans in shallow pan in preheated oven at 350F degrees stirring occasionally to toast.
Combine rice, pecans, chicken, red pepper, arugula and green onion in a large bowl.
Combine and whisk together soy sauce, vinegar, sesame oil, salt and pepper.
Pour dressing over chicken mixture and toss to coat; serve on lettuce lined plates.