Thursday, October 16, 2014

#UNIQUEWAY Asian Chopped Salad with Sweet Chili Dressing



Hello again lovelies! I am so excited to talk to you all about my fun, unique new way to snack. Hillshire Farms has introduced Hillshire Snacking, protein packed grab and go snack pouches perfect for anyone's busy lifestyle. There are 8 different kinds of snack pouches for the unique taste buds in all of us:

-Grilled chicken bites with teriyaki sauce
-Grilled chicken bites with mango habanero sauce
-Grilled chicken bites with honey mustard sauce 
-Grilled chicken bites with sweet chili sauce
- Genoa salami with gouda cheese and toasted rounds
- Italian dry salami with gouda cheese and toasted rounds
- Peppered salami with pepper jack cheese and toasted rounds
- Hot calabrese salami with pepper jack cheese and toasted rounds

 These snacks are so amazing on their own, but they also open the door to so many other possibilities. One of the salami platters could be the perfect start to an amazing fruit and cheese spread, and the chicken bites can aid in creating the ideal, gourmet sandwich. I was particularly inspired by the sweet chili chicken bites. I generally love Asian flavors and thought the sweet chili sauce could be a great base for a salad dressing. With that in mind, I chopped up a few veggies, added the chicken, made that dressing and presto, dinner is served! It was such a a quick and simple option being that the chicken was already fully cooked and the dressing half made. I am very eager to try the other varieties and share some of the additional, unique creations they inspire me to make.

You can find the Hillshire Snacking varieties at the Cincinnati, OH, Dayton, OH and Northern Kentucky Kroger stores, as well as King Soopers and Super Target nationwide.  Enter the #UNIQUEWAY sweepstakes going on now through November 15. Tweet #UNIQUEWAY to @Hillshiresnacks and share something you like to do like no one else.  It can be anything; a unique way to travel, accessorize, or even snack.  By tweeting, you will be automatically entered for a chance to win one of 70+ prizes, including gift cards, samples and a trip for two to the Food and Wine Festival in Miami! You can also enter daily for even more chances to win.

My #UNIQUEWAY is how I combine different flavors together to create the perfect meal or, in this case, the perfect salad. What's yours?



Asian Chopped Salad with Sweet Chili Dressing

Using Hillshire Snacking Grilled Chicken Bites with Sweet Chili Dipping Sauce

Ingredients

  • 1 package of Hillshire Snacking grilled chicken bites with sweet chili sauce
  • 1 romaine lettuce heart, finely chopped
  • 1/4 head of iceburg lettuce, finely chopped
  • 1 mango, diced
  • 2 avocados, diced
  • 1 English cucumber, julienned
  • 1/2 cup of shredded carrots
  • 3 scallions, finely sliced
  • 1/2 cup of sliced almonds, toasted
  • 1 tablespoon of white sesame seeds
  • the juice of 3 limes
  • 1/2 cup of sesame oil, (plain, not toasted)
  • 1/4 cup rice of vinegar  
  • 1/2 teaspoon of honey

Directions

Heat a skillet over meduim heat. Toast the almonds for about 5 minutes, or until they start to brown. Remove the nuts from heat and set aside to cool. Whisk together the Hillshire Snacking sweet chili sauce, sesame oil, rice vinegar, and honey in a bowl. Combine the chopped vegetables, almonds, and sesame seeds in a large bowl. Add the dressing and the grilled chicken bites. Toss, serve and enjoy!









XOXO


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