Asian Chicken Salad with Sesame Ginger Dressing

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A quick healthy meal that can easily take the place of take-out! Asian Chicken Salad, packed with vegetables, and topped with a homemade Sesame Ginger Dressing!

Can we talk about something serious today?

The past couple of nights I have had these horrible and mean horrible dreams about something happening to Cason. I’d wake up in the middle of the night in a panic that something had happen to him or worse, that he was gone.

It started to get so bad that I was afraid to go to sleep or close my eyes because I didn’t want another dream!

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I was on my way to work one day the dream I had had the night before started to replay in my head, I couldn’t get it out, I just had this overwhelming sense of FEAR through my mind and heart. Not a good feeling to have.

When I first got married, I struggled really bad with fear of abandonment. It consumed my every thought. The idea that someday Mike might leave me or not want me anymore was ever present.

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By God’s grace I am free from that fear so when this fear of something happening to Cason came up I was …. FEARFUL! I did NOT want to go back to that place again!

I started to pray.

Immediately a verse from the Bible came to my mind. “For God did not give us a spirit of fear or timidity, but of power, love, and self-disciple” I Timothy 1:7

This verse was instrumental in me overcoming my fear of abandoment 6 years ago.

When I allow fear to come into my mind and heart I become a different person. I make decisions differently – act in self-protect mode. I see the world differently – something bad is going to happen how can I stop it. I start to become anxious and worried and over analyze everything, but out of the “lens of fear.”

“Fear not, for I am with you, be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10

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Nothing about fear, worry, or anxiety is good or normal. It only causes pain and heart ache. Why would I, or you, want to live in that?

I was determined not to allow fear back into my mind and heart again. I went to work that day, praying the entire time and I started to feel a sense of peace or a weight being lifted.

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7

I wasn’t worried or anxious anymore by the time I had pulled up to work. I was fine all day, but as I was headed home, that worry started to come back. I knew it was time to spill the beans with Mike and ask him to pray for me. So I did! As I went to bed that night there was no fear and NO DREAM!

And I haven’t had any since!

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What are you fearful of? Is there something that you have been worried or stressed about?

Let me ask you a question. Do you think worrying about it more or continuing to be fearful is going to make it go away? Answer = NOO!!!

So.. stop! Just stop! Give it to God and let him deal with it! I promise peace will return to you!

Ok, just needed to share that. Believe me there is so much more I could share but I think its time to move on to the food now. Don’t you? {smooth transition? bahaha.. nope.. but who cares!}

Skip the take-out make this healthy Asian Chicken Salad with Sesame Ginger Dressing in less than 30 minutes! | www.joyfulhealthyeats.com

So.. this Asian Chicken Salad came about because I was on a bit of a Thai/Asian food kick. I just made some Sesame Lime Chicken Kebabs with a Spicy Thai Peanut Sauce and a Grilled Asian Short Rib Pizza with Blackberry Hoisin Sauce.. so I thought it was time for a little salad action.

One of my favorite salads to eat is an Asian Chicken Salad, in fact, whenever I go to Panera that is my go-to salad. The only thing I don’t like about the Panera version is I wish it had more vegetables in it. After all it is in fact a salad and when your eating a salad usually vegetables go right along with it. Or at least in my house they do.

Skip the take-out make this healthy Asian Chicken Salad with Sesame Ginger Dressing in less than 30 minutes! | www.joyfulhealthyeats.com

This Asian Chicken Salad has as many vegetables as I could put in it with out going outside the “asian” theme and then topped with a delicious homemade Sesame Ginger Dressing!

So the next time you think you need take-out. Tilt your mind to the healthy side of things and make this Asian Chicken Salad, it has all the great asian inspired flavors you love but with less calories! Major bonus!

Skip the take-out make this healthy Asian Chicken Salad with Sesame Ginger Dressing in less than 30 minutes! | www.joyfulhealthyeats.com

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Asian Chicken Salad with Sesame Ginger Dressing

  • Author: Krista
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 20 mins
  • Yield: 4-6
  • Category: Grilling Recipes, Salads, Side Dishes, Asian Food

Ingredients

  • 10 oz. of spring mix
  • 3/4 cup of snow peas, cubed
  • 3/4 cup red pepper, julienned
  • 15 oz. can of mandarin oranges, drained
  • 1/2 cup of carrots, grated
  • 1/4 cup of green onions, sliced
  • 2 chicken breasts, grilled and sliced
  • seasoned with olive oil, salt & pepper
  • garnish with sesame seeds

Sesame Ginger Dressing:

  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/3 cup rice vinegar
  • 2 tbsp fresh ginger, minced or grated
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 3/4 cup olive oil

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl, mix together soy sauce, rice vinegar, ginger, garlic, honey, pepper sesame oil, and olive oil. Mix until well combined and there is no more oil & vinegar separation.
  2. Preheat grill to medium high heat.
  3. Season chicken breasts with salt & pepper on both sides.
  4. Place on grill and grill each side for 5-6 minutes, or until there is no more pink.
  5. In a large bowl place, fresh spring mix, snow peas, red pepper, carrots, green onions, mandarin oranges, sliced grilled chicken breast, and sesame seeds for garnish.
  6. Serve with Sesame Ginger Dressing.

Notes

{dressing recipe from Little B Cooks}

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50 Responses
  1. Gorgeous salad! I love the blog re-design too! I am a compulsive worrier and stress brings on my worry. I get stressed at work and then I start worrying about the most random things. I totally agree with you that worrying doesn’t make it better. Thanks for the reminder!

    1. Thanks Ashley!

      I can only imagine the stress from your job, I remember talking to you about all that stuff in Miami and I don’t know how you do it! Just have to remember to take one day at a time, glad you found the post today to be encouraging girl!

  2. That awesome Krista! His word truly does give us peace and comfort. so glad you were able to OVERCOME through the power of God. Great testimony.
    Love the new site! Looks sweet.
    And so does this delish salad. You have so many great ones!
    Pinning.
    Have an awesome day!

  3. Something looks different here… hmmm… IT’S AWESOME! Love your redesign 🙂 And beautiful post. Fear and worry can consume me rather quickly. Many times I have to step back and try to gain some perspective about the size of me vs. the size of God. The dude is huge, and He’s got this. And when I realize that, my heart smiles.

    1. haha… so well written. “The dude is huge.. and He’s got this”. SOOOOO true! Just need to remember this everytime I start to worry and not even go to that “bad place.”

      Glad you liked the redesign Chris!!!

    1. Oh for sure you can pull this one off. Gotta change it up every once in a while! So glad you stopped by to say hi girl, we are doing great hope you are too sweet lady!

  4. Wait have I been away for that long? Thought I was just here for the peaches. I love the new site!! It’s beautiful. So clean and crisp! On to this salad and post. I love both! I’m always full of fear, it’s bad. And for me too it’s that the good things in my life will go away. When my husband and I were dating I was so scared everything was too good to be true coz we are too good of a match. I ran away from the world (and social media) for a year just cause I was scared to jinx it. And now I’m scared I won’t be able to have babies. Eating me up. But you are so right, every time I leave it out to God and pray about it I feel so much better. Thanks for reminding us!!

    1. haha… yup just got a facelift (blogwise .. not literally hehe) So glad you like it girl 🙂

      SO crazy you said that you are afraid you won’t be able to have babies! That is exactly my ‘worry/crisis’ right now. We had a miscarriage last June and have been trying to have a baby ever since. It has literally been over a year!!! Every time that time of the month comes around I wonder.. am I? And when I’m not its just heartbreaking and I have to start all over again the next month. I have just decided to give it to God. He knows exactly when we are going to have another baby and IF we are going to have another baby. His plan for me is so much better than my plan for me .. so.. I’m just going to stop worrying about it! Zainab, you are seriously so blessed you have an incredible husband so even if the absolute worst thing happened…. God is bigger than that and he can help you overcome! Hugs girl!

      Ps – eat this salad!

  5. I’m so happy that those dreams have gone away. I never can understand why we have bad dreams. Put it in prayer and I believe you will be taken care of.
    Love your new site design. I’m ready for an update too 😀
    Delicious looking salad. I need to try that sesame ginger dressing, that sounds amazing!

    1. I’m glad too! They were horrible, but I prayed it out and there gone 🙂

      Glad you like the site girl, its so fun to get a revamp.. its like getting a new wardrobe. hehe!

  6. Krista – First off, I LOVE your blog re-design. So clean and crisp…looks amazing! Secondly, your photos keep getting better and BETTER. Seriously, this salad (and your pics of it) are gorgeous! Finally, I can totally relate to getting consumed by fear and worry. But it sounds like you’ve found the best way to keep it from taking over. God always has a plan for us, even when we can’t see it. It’s really hard to keep that in mind that sometimes, but I think you sharing your story here will help others who struggle with this to remember that, too. BIG HUGS!!!

    1. Oh.. thanks girl for the ALL the sweet comments means alot coming from you!

      I have definitely found peace on the fear front, sometimes its hard to not give into those emotions of fear. But God is good and quick to bring me back to surrendering things to him. 🙂 I hope it does encourage and help others, thats part of the reason I blog! Big HUGS to you too girl!

  7. Love love love your blog re-design, Krista! It looks fantastic! And I’m so glad those dreams are gone now girl. That’s the scariest. I had those dreams when I first had our son too – I think I still do once in a while when I see scary stories on the news nowadays. Your posts always have this great message and reminder for us to just trust in what happens and I love that 🙂
    I also love this salad! It looks absolutely incredible 🙂 I think would put that sesame ginger dressing on everything!

    1. OH thanks so much Kelly! It means the world that you enjoy reading the posts, sometimes its hard to go from something to do with the heart to a recipe but thats what I enjoy doing so thats what I’m gonna do. Every one needs that friendly reminder or encouragement, alot of times its me just talking to myself and you get to hear it. hehe. 🙂

      Hope you get a chance to try the salad girl!

  8. Beverly

    Thank you, I was looking at your Asian Chicken Salad, but I found I really needed your messages more.
    Again, thank you. I copied both and taped them to my PC.

  9. CW

    I have made this so many times and I love love love it! I’ve modified it and made it with the addition of rice noodles, Vietnamese style and it was so delish!

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