Teriyaki Rooster Salad – Chelsea’s Messy Apron

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This Teriyaki Rooster Salad is loaded with taste and texture — tender pasta, recent child spinach, dry-roasted nuts, juicy mandarin oranges, crunchy water chestnuts, candy onion, and seasoned hen. We toss this salad with an addictive teriyaki dressing that makes use of solely three components and pulls every thing collectively completely!

In case you love this salad, you’ll take pleasure in this Asian Pasta Salad, Asian Cucumber Salad, or Applebee’s Rooster Salad.

Teriyaki Rooster Salad Recipe

I’m so excited to deliver you this recipe, tailored from my pal’s brand-new cookbook. Lauren, from Tastes Higher From Scratch has simply launched her first cookbook and it’s completely gorgeous!

Lauren’s cookbook was shortly named a Prime New Launch on Amazon and, should you flip via, it’s no shock why. This guide is attractive! Lauren shares “The Better of the Greatest” recipes together with her favorites, fan favorites from her web site, and new recipes that may solely be accessed within the cookbook. With over 116 recipes, photographs for each recipe, and QR codes linking to video tutorials, this guide is a must have. (And, would additionally make an ideal reward for the vacations!)

You’ll discover recipes for each meal of the day from varied cuisines, and loads of kid-friendly recipes as well.  Actually, this Teriyaki Rooster Salad was a serious hit with my children — they couldn’t get sufficient of it. This salad offers you a style for simply how scrumptious (and simple) the recipes are in her guide!

Ingredient shot-- images of the ingredients used in the dressing

What’s teriyaki salad dressing product of?

As talked about, the dressing has solely three components! Pictured above, and damaged down under:

  • Rice vinegar: This ingredient provides a refined tang. In case you see a label saying rice wine vinegar, it’s the identical factor as rice vinegar. 
  • Vegetable oil: You can too use canola oil.
  • Teriyaki sauce: This sauce is the foremost participant within the dressing — it might probably make or break it! Lauren recommends Mr. Yoshida® teriyaki sauce which we additionally love. Any good high quality, thicker-style teriyaki that you simply love will work nice right here.

Process shots of Teriyaki Chicken Salad-- images of the dressing being made and then poured over the pasta

Different Salad Elements

Past the dressing, this Teriyaki Rooster Salad doesn’t have all that many components both! Here’s a fast break-down:

  • Mandarin oranges. To maintain issues straightforward, we use mandarin oranges in a can (with out added sugar). Alternatively, use recent clementines instead of the canned mandarins. Peel the clementines, phase them, and add these to this salad!
  • Nuts. We’ve tried peanuts and cashews on this salad and luxuriate in each. Whichever you select, go for “dry-roasted and calmly salted” — extra taste with none effort in your finish!
  • Water chestnuts. These add a pleasant refined crunch to this teriyaki salad recipe. You’ll discover water chestnuts with different Asian merchandise or within the worldwide part of most grocery shops.
  • Dried cranberries. These add a beautiful sweetness; select unsweetened for a much less candy choice or common should you want a little bit further sweetness.
  • Candy onion. These onions don’t pack the identical punch that common onions do — they’re much less pungent and extra mild, making them the right addition so as to add in uncooked to salads, relishes, or dips (like our fave fry sauce!).
  • Rooster. Extra on this ingredient under!

Including Rooster

We add hen to make a principal course meal because it provides protein and endurance. That stated, it may be ignored for a faster prep or if you would like extra of a facet dish. And, after all, hen might be ignored to make a vegetarian salad. 

We sometimes use leftover grilled hen or will typically decide up a rotisserie hen to cube. And since each are properly seasoned, they lend extra taste to this salad.

Ingredient shots-- images of the ingredients all prepped

How To Make Teriyaki Rooster Salad (Suggestions)

  • Salt the pasta properly because it cooks, since that is the one likelihood you must season the precise pasta. As a rule of thumb, I add 1 teaspoon salt to 4 cups of water.
  • Use a textured pasta. Select pasta that has loads of nooks and crannies to carry the scrumptious teriyaki dressing. Miniature farfalle/bowties are enjoyable, however regular-sized ones work nice as properly. Different choices: rotini, medium shells, fusilli, or penne.
  • Cook dinner the pasta to al dente. The pasta sits within the dressing, so it might probably simply get soggy if it has been over-boiled. And, on the flip facet, pasta turns into a little bit firmer when served chilly, so don’t under-boil it, both! I cook dinner it proper to the package deal instructions for al dente.
  • Toss the pasta in dressing. As soon as the pasta has been drained, toss it with about half of the dressing and pop it within the fridge. This may infuse the pasta with a beautiful taste and assist it settle down quicker.



  • Add a creamy component. My favourite is avocado. In case you do that, cube it up and add the chunks to particular person plates proper earlier than serving as an alternative of stirring them into the salad bowl. In case you combine it within the massive bowl, the avocado will flip brown shortly. 
  • Exchange the spinach with chopped child kale. (Examine how one can put together it on this Kale Couscous Salad!)
  • Add some crispy chow mein noodles as a enjoyable topping.
  • Swap out pink onion for the candy onion.
  • Exchange mandarin oranges with recent candy mango or pineapple (or grilled pineapple!).
  • Add in some edamame (strive frozen shelled edamame, boiling to package deal instructions, and totally cool earlier than including to salad).

Process shots of Teriyaki Chicken Salad-- images of all the ingredients being tossed together for this salad


Storing Teriyaki Rooster Salad 

  • This salad doesn’t sit or retailer properly as soon as dressed. The dressing will wilt the spinach, the veggies soften, and the nuts get soggy and bloated. 
  • You may make this salad upfront; merely retailer every thing individually and toss collectively proper earlier than serving. 
  • This Rooster Salad Teriyaki recipe doesn’t freeze or thaw properly.

Overhead image of the dish ready to be served

Extra Wonderful Pasta Salad Recipes:

  • DRESSING: Mix the dressing components in a resealable glass jar. Shake to mix. Retailer within the fridge, shaking once more earlier than utilizing.

  • PASTA: In generously salted water, cook dinner pasta in keeping with package deal instructions to “al dente” (the minimal time indicated on package deal). Drain pasta and add to a *very* massive bowl; toss with half the ready dressing after which place within the fridge, lined, till totally cooled.

  • ASSEMBLE: As soon as pasta is totally cooled, toss with the coarsely chopped spinach. Add diced cooked hen, peanuts or cashews, cranberries, diced water chestnuts, drained mandarin oranges, and finely diced candy onion. Drizzle on as a lot dressing as you’d like (you might not need all of it) and gently toss to mix. Style and add salt/pepper if wanted or extra dressing. Take pleasure in instantly!

Be aware 1: Teriyaki sauce: This sauce is the foremost participant within the dressing — it might probably make or break it! We suggest Mr. Yoshida’s teriyaki sauce, however any good high quality, thicker-style teriyaki (that you understand you’re keen on) will work nice right here.

Serving: 1serving | Energy: 362kcal | Carbohydrates: 55g | Protein: 21g | Fats: 7g | Saturated Fats: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fats: 2g | Monounsaturated Fats: 3g | Ldl cholesterol: 30mg | Sodium: 569mg | Potassium: 519mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 2031IU | Vitamin C: 20mg | Calcium: 63mg | Iron: 2mg

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