Chopped Cashew Chicken Salad

This recipe was recreated from a salad I ordered at Karl Strauss Brewery in Calsbad, CA.  I was inspired to learn how to make a soy reduction which is one of the three recipes that goes into this lovely dish. 

CCC Salad - Karl Straus

Chopped Cashew Chicken Salad
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  1. Soy Reduction Recipe (link listed in blog post)
  2. Miso Vinaigrette Dressing (link listed in blog post)
  3. Cooked Chicken, chopped
  4. Chopped Green Cabbage
  5. Chopped Romaine Dressing
  6. Broccoli, cut in small pieces
  7. Tomato, Chopped
  8. Carrot, Julienned
  9. Celery, Sliced
  10. Cashews, finely chopped
  11. Cilantro, chopped
  12. Salt and Pepper to taste.
  1. Boil 2 cups of water. Place broccoli in and let sit for a few minutes until broccoli turns bright green. Place broccoli in ice water to stop cooking and drain.
  2. Place a small amount of the soy reduction in serving bowl.
  3. In another bowl - place salad ingredients. Place desired amount of dressing and mix gently to coat.
  4. Place in serving bowl
  1. This salad can be made without chicken, if desired.
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 Recipes and Information you’ll need for this salad

Soy Reduction

Miso Vinaigrette Dressing

Julienne Peeler



Soy Reduction

A soy reduction is easy to make and works well anytime you want to add another layer of flavor – drizzle on grilled fish, cooked veggies or place a thin layer in the bottom of a salad bowl.  Because wheat is something in our family, we need to be careful of – I use tamari sauce.  Want to know the difference between soy sauce and tamari sauce? – Read Here

Soy Reduction - Fish

Soy Reduction
A sauce that can be used over fish, chicken, cooked veggies or in a salad
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  1. 1/4 cup light soy sauce or tamari sauce
  2. 1/2 teaspoon each minced garlic and ginger
  3. 2 teaspoons sugar
  4. 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  5. 1/4 tsp of sesame seed oil
  6. salt and pepper
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  1. Combine ingredients in a small saucepan, heat and reduce until syrupy; drizzle through a strainer
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Soy Reduction - Pan
Combine all ingredients into a small saucepan

Soy Reduction - finished
After reduction – place through a small mesh colander.  This will catch all the small pieces of ginger and garlic.

What other items could you use this on?  Rice, ?


Did Someone Say Date?

The word date can mean so many things – we can make something yummy with dates, we can make a jar to save our change and go out with someone special or we can have fun with a little person in the kitchen.   

Date Bar Sliced

First up – I made these amazing date bars from Elizabeth Finch – You can find the recipe HERE  They are made with good clean ingredients – almond flour, dates, honey, egg, nuts, etc. and are gluten free.  

I didn’t have pecans so I used a mixture of raw almonds, cashews and unsweetened coconut for the top.  I’m going to warn you that you’ll want to double this recipe because they are so yummy.  I found that after cutting into bars, wrapping in syran wrap and placing them in the freezer on a cookie sheet for about an hour.  Then I place all the wrapped up little presents in a large Ziplock bag to store in the freezer.  They can be eaten as a bar or sliced once you are ready to enjoy. 

I knew this was the recipe I wanted to try my new Vietnamese Cinnamon in – oh this was so worth the $8.00 – purchased at Sur la Table.

Date Bar Squares


 Idea 2 – Buy a dozen canning jars and make some of these Date Night Jars for Christmas Gifts – Click HERE to find out how. 

Date Jar

Then my favorite -a  cooking date with my grandson.  This weekend we made some biscuits – Recipe can be found HERE  

AME - Heart Biscuits

10-10-14 Caden - Biscuit Making

Isn’t he so adorable?

Thanks for letting me share 3 of my favorite “date” ideas.