Hot Summer Nights = Chinois Chicken Salad


Wolfgang Puck immortalized this recipe; it is an easy no-cook dinner for any hot and steamy summer night. I bought a rotisserie chicken and pulled the meat off.  The dressing takes seconds and you can use many vegetable combinations: Shredded carrots, slivered Napa cabbage, snow peas, edamame, romaine lettuce and cucumbers are all great choices.

I had on hand some beautiful yellow tomatoes, an English cucumber, some scallions and cilantro.  The heat comes from the dry mustard but it doesn’t linger long.

Chinese Mustard Vinaigrette à la Wolfgang Puck

2 tsp. dry Chinese or English mustard
2 tsp. freshly grated ginger
1 large garlic clove, minced
1/2 cup rice wine vinegar
2 tsp. low sodium soy sauce
1/4 cup sesame oil
1/4 cup peanut oil
2 Tbsp. toasted sesame seeds

Place the dry mustard, garlic and ginger in a small mixing bowl. Add the rice wine vinegar and soy sauce. Whisk in the oils.

Assemble your salad in a large bowl, topping with the shredded chicken meat and then sprinkle the sesame seeds all over. Pour on the dressing and toss well.

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