If you've ever even mildly entertained the idea of trying the vegetarian life, Gardein's line of meat-free products just might convince you to give it a go. This yummy salad from celebrity chef Tal Ronnen, who has cooked for the likes of Oprah Winfrey and Ellen DeGeneres, features the brand's Crispy Tenders (which are delicious, and I'm a meat lover!) for the perfect amount of crunch.
Crispy Chick'n Salad
1 package gardein crispy tenders (prepared as directed on the package)
½ pound snow peas, trimmed and cut in half
2 carrots, julienned
1 small can of mandarin oranges, drained
1 head Napa cabbage cut into ¼ inch shreds
½ cup chopped scallions
2 tbsp sesame seeds, toasted
1 head romaine, cut into ¼ inch shred
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1 tbsp agave nectar
1 tbsp rice vinegar
1 tbsp sesame oil
1/4 cup safflower oil
2 cups wonton strips
Mix snow peas, carrots, cabbage, mandarin oranges, scallions, sesame seeds and romaine in a large bowl.
Whisk together soy sauce, lemon juice, agave, vinegar, in a small bowl, then add sesame oil and safflower oil in a slow stream, whisking for a min or two. Cut Gardein tenders into ½ inch pieces and add to salad with the wontons. Toss salad with dressing and serve.
Like what you taste? Gardein is offering The New Taste of LA contest on their Facebook page for the chance to score a trip to Los Angeles where the winner will dine at Chef Tal's Crossroads restaurant-but the promotion ends on June 21 so you better hurry if you want to enter!