We all want healthy food that tastes good, but often there is not enough time in the day to devote to a meal made completely from scratch. We Kahikians have done the work for you. We spent all day in our test kitchen developing one of our new favorite easy Asian recipes with a healthy — yet delicious — spin.
We present to you a southern Asian-inspired salad with orange-ginger dressing:
Exotic Flavors of Southern Asia
Our inspiration for this salad came from our travels through Indonesia, Malaysia, and Thailand. As we visited these countries the past few weeks, we ate some of the best tropical fruits on the planet. Amazed by all of this wonderful, healthy produce, we wanted to share a recipe with you that you could easily replicate at home. Here is a brief description of the ingredients in our salad:
Mangoes are a major part of southern Asian cuisine. In fact, mangoes originated in India. India is known for its popular beverage, mango lassi. According to legend, Buddha would meditate under the cool shade of a mango tree.
As a tropical fruit, mangoes are full of vitamin C. They also contain a healthy dose of vitamin A as well as fiber. Their natural sweetness is absolutely delicious. We add fresh mango to our salad for vibrant flavor.
Avocados are indigenous of South America, but avocado production has been on the rise in Thailand. Thailand's avocados are unique in that they are HUGE. They can grow bigger than a softball and reach a full pound each! Thailand natives #KahikiLove avocados for their nutritional density. They are full of fiber, monounsaturated fat, potassium, vitamin B... even protein. Check out this video by The Saver-y Cook to learn more about avocados:
Asians use a variety of peppers ranging from mild to hot. We often choose a mild red bell pepper when creating easy Asian recipes. Like avocados, bell peppers are native to South America. However, they have made their way into Asian cuisine. Red bell peppers are one of the best sources of the antioxidant lycopene.
Tempura Orange Chicken: The secret revealed (but only to you)!
Now it is time to finally share our secret short-cut to healthy food that tastes good. First, we add Kahiki's Tempura Orange Chicken for a quick boost of protein. Then we take the orange sauce that comes with the chicken and use it as salad dressing. This is a Kahiki secret, so don't tell anyone!
We Kahikians are proud of our tempura chicken, because we only use white meat in our chicken products. This minimizes polyunsaturated fats, which are easily oxidized. (Oxidized fats are unhealthy — that is why antioxidants like lycopene are so good for you).
As for the sauce, it contains orange, ginger, honey, wine vinegar and a touch of paprika. These sweet and tangy flavors compliment the ingredients in our southern Asian salad.
Without further ado, we present you the recipe. Want to share one of your own easy Asian recipes? Post it on Instagram with @KahikiFoods in the caption, and we will share it on our wall.
Easy Asian Salad Recipe with Kahiki Orange Chicken
Make as much or as little as you like. This is so easy that you don't even have to measure!
- Kahiki Orange Chicken
- Fresh spinach (or other favorite lettuce)
- Red bell pepper, diced
- Avocado, diced (watch the video above for how to easily peel and dice avocado)
- Mango, diced (use the same dicing method as the avocado)
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
Remove sauce pouch from Kahiki orange chicken and place (unopened) in a bowl of hot water to thaw. Arrange chicken in a single layer on a cookie sheet. Once oven is fully heated, place chicken on the middle rack and bake approximately 18 minutes, flipping chicken halfway through cook time.
Meanwhile, prep remaining salad ingredients. Place spinach in a bowl and top with diced bell pepper, avocado, and mango.
When chicken is done, remove from oven and cool slightly. Top salad with chicken. Snip off a small corner of orange sauce packet and drizzle over salad. That's it!