Asian Chicken Salad with Watermelon Rind Pickle

This fresh Asian Chicken salad sports summery and flavorful watermelon rind pickle in addition to the traditional ingredients.
Asian Chicken Salad with Watermelon Rind Pickle

Last Updated on August 6, 2021

Asian Chicken Salad with Watermelon Rind Pickle

This fresh Asian Chicken salad sports summery and flavorful watermelon rind pickle in addition to the traditional ingredients. We’ve got a great recipe for the dressing, so keep on reading.

You really can throw just about anything in this salad, but the pickled watermelon rind really makes it special. This is a salad you can have all year, even on the coldest winter day when the sweetness of summer is a distant memory. Can’t find pickled watermelon rind at the store? You can find it on Amazon, or you can pickle your own. It’s not that difficult, I promise!

Let’s Talk About the Dressing

I’ll be honest. I love the flavor of toasted sesame oil in Asian salad dressing. There are many on the market. Choose the one you like, or you can try mine. It’s a mixture of spices, including ground anise and ground cinnamon.

To keep dressing from separating, use dry mustard. That will help to make the emulsion strong and stay together. It also adds a little zing. Since there is a bit of a chemical process going on, don’t try to throw everything in a blender and hope for the best. I have a liner on my countertop to keep bowls from moving when I’m whisking with one hand and pouring with the other. If you don’t have that, use a kitchen towel and put it under the bowl to keep your bowl steady. Putting the oil in a slow, steady stream wins the race!

I happened to have some sliced deli chicken on hand when I made the salad, but you can use rotisserie chicken or any cooked chicken you happen to have on hand,

Asian Chicken Salad with Watermelon Rind Pickle

Asian Chicken Salad with Watermelon Rind Pickle

This fresh Asian Chicken salad sports summery and flavorful watermelon rind pickle in addition to the traditional ingredients.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Course: Appetizer or Main Dish, Lunch, Salad
Cuisine: Asian
Diet: Kosher
Difficulty: Easy
Newsletter: 2021-07-31
Servings (slide to adjust): 4
Calories: 285kcal

Ingredients

~~ -- For the Dressing -- ~~

  • ¼ teaspoon Dry mustard
  • 1 tablespoon Rice vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon Coriander, ground
  • ¼ teaspoon Cinnamon, ground
  • ¼ teaspoon Anise, ground
  • ½ teaspoon White pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Ginger, ground
  • ¼ teaspoon Cayenne
  • 1 teaspoon Soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Sesame Oil, toasted
  • ¼ cup Peanut oil, recommended, but any flavorless oil will do
  • 1 tablespoon Sesame seeds, toasted

~~ -- For the Salad -- ~~

  • 1 head Romaine
  • ½ cup Chicken, cooked and cut into bite size pieces
  • ¼ cup Bell pepper, minature sweet preferred
  • ¼ cup Carrot, grated
  • 1 cup Mandarin Oranges
  • 2 tablespoon Peanuts
  • ¼ cup Pickled watermelon rind, sliced

Instructions

  • Mise en place
    Asian Chicken Salad with Watermelon Rind Pickle

For the dressing

  • 1/2 teaspoon Coriander, 1/4 teaspoon Cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon Anise, 1/2 teaspoon White pepper, 1 teaspoon Ginger, 1/4 teaspoon Cayenne
    Mix the coriander, cinnamon, anise, white pepper, ginger, and cayenne together in a small bowl and set it aside.
  • 1/4 teaspoon Dry mustard
    Put the mustard in the bottom on a mixing bowl
    Asian Chicken Salad with Watermelon Rind Pickle
  • 1 tablespoon Rice vinegar
    Add the rice vinegar.
    Asian Chicken Salad with Watermelon Rind Pickle
  • 1 tablespoon Sesame Oil
    Add the sesame oil to the rice vinegar and stir.
    Asian Chicken Salad with Watermelon Rind Pickle
  • 1/4 cup Peanut oil, 1 teaspoon Soy sauce
    Add the spice mixture and whisk it around so it is thoroughly mixed in. With one hand holding the whisk, start slowly adding the oil in a slow, steady steam all the while whisking. Do this until the mixture thickens. Taste it and add the soy sauce.
    Asian Chicken Salad with Watermelon Rind Pickle
  • 1 tablespoon Sesame seeds
    Taste it again and see if you need to add more of anything else.you need to add. Finally, add the seame seeds and stir to combine. You can refiregerate the dressing if you want.
    Asian Chicken Salad with Watermelon Rind Pickle

To Make the Salad

  • 1 head Romaine, 1/2 cup Chicken, 1/4 cup Bell pepper, 1/4 cup Carrot, 1 cup Mandarin Oranges, 2 tablespoon Peanuts, 1/4 cup Pickled watermelon rind
    To make the salad, tear the lettuce into bite size pieces and slice the peppers into thin slices. Put the lettuce, peppers, carrots, oranges, peanuts and chicken into a large bowl. Toss with the dressing and garnish with the sliced watermelon rind pickles. Enjoy!
    Asian Chicken Salad with Watermelon Rind Pickle

Notes

Candied ginger sliced very thinly goes nicely in this salad as well.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Asian Chicken Salad with Watermelon Rind Pickle
Amount Per Serving (225 g)
Calories 285 Calories from Fat 180
% Daily Value*
Fat 20g31%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Polyunsaturated Fat 7g
Monounsaturated Fat 9g
Cholesterol 17mg6%
Sodium 304mg13%
Potassium 410mg12%
Carbohydrates 20g7%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 10g20%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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5 Responses to Asian Chicken Salad with Watermelon Rind Pickle

  1. 5 stars
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  2. Samantha says:

    4 stars
    What an interesting fruit to use with Asian Chicken Salad. I never heard of that. I think it would be good. Can I make it with fresh watermelon instead?

    • arbpen says:

      Samantha, thanks for visiting and commenting. I don’t know if this would be good with fresh watermelon on not. But, now that you’ve mentioned it, in the last bit of summer, I think I’ll try it. I’ll let you know.

  3. Cindy H says:

    5 stars
    I didn’t have watermelon pickles, so I used the traditional mandarin oranges. The dressing was perfect!

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