Oriental Chicken Salad with Lentils

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Main Ingredient: Poultry
Menu Part: Salad
Cuisine Type: Asian
Serves: 16 servings

This salad is full of different textures and features lentils and a dressing made from scallions, cucumber, garlic, ginger, vinegar, soy sauce, sugar, chili paste and sesame oil.

Ingredients

2 cups dry lentils, rinsed
1 qt. water
1 tbsp. minced scallions
2 cups seeded, julienned cucumber
2 tsp. minced garlic
2 tbsp. minced fresh ginger
2 tbsp. rice vinegar
3 tbsp. soy sauce
2 tsp. sugar
2 tbsp. garlic chili paste
2 tbsp. dark sesame oil
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
Romaine lettuce leaves
4 cups cooked, julienned chicken breast

Steps

1. In medium saucepan, combine lentils and water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer until lentils are tender, about 20 minutes. Drain, cover and chill.

2. Combine scallions, cucumber, garlic, ginger, vinegar, soy sauce, sugar, chili paste and sesame oil in bowl. Mix well.

3. Add dressing mixture to lentils. Mix well. Season with salt and pepper.

4. Arrange lettuce leaves on serving plates. Arrange chicken over lettuce; spoon lentils over chicken.

Recipe by USA Dry Pea & Lentil Council