This easy Asian salad dressing is what I use when I want at at home version of Applebee’s Oriental Chicken Salad. However, it works well for an Asian Salad you may be making.
If you want to get the full Applebee’s Oriental Chicken Salad this is what you want to include, but I have included next to them alternative substitutes. I work in a middle school cafeteria and we make a similar salad that is a little different but just as tasty with this dressing.
- Crispy breaded chicken tenders cut into pieces – Breaded popcorn chicken or breaded chicken patties cut in to strips are another option
- Asian greens with shredded carrots- Really any greens you like will work. I just like to have some kind of mixture such as lettuce, purple cabbage and spinach
- Rice noodles – These are like chow mein noodles but much better for salads. They are lighter and crispier. In my opinion these are a must.
- Almonds – Slivered almonds are what is in the original but sunflower seeds are a nice option too.
- Additional ingredient – Mandarin oranges and diced green onion aren’t in the Applebee’s version but are a great addition to the salad if you want.
Now for the dressing recipe. There are a few ingredients that make this dressing what it is. First is rice vinegar. This is different than regular vinegar. It is less acidic with a delicate, mild, and somewhat sweet flavor. The other key ingredient is sesame oil. If you can use toasted sesame oil it’s even better. A little sesame oil goes along way. You don’t need much but it adds amazing flavor.
The dressing also uses mayonnaise which adds creaminess. Honey is in there to add a touch of sweetness. Dijon mustard is another ingredient along with salt and pepper. So simple and easy to make much it tastes amazing!
- 1 cup mayonnaise
- 1/2 cup honey
- 4 tsp Dijon mustard
- 4 tsp sesame oil or toasted sesame oil
- 1/2 tsp salt
- Add all of the ingredients to a bottle or jar with a lid. I like to use a Blender bottle.
- Place the lid on the container and shake until all the ingredients are well blended. Makes 1 1/2 cups dressing.
- Category: Dressing
- Cuisine: Asian
This recipe is adapted from The Daring Gourmet.