applebee’s oriental chicken salad dressing

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many copy cat cookbooks are available now in the bookstores that claim to have the exact replicas of restaurant dishes.  i found this recipe on the key ingredient website and thought i would try it out.  we don’t eat out in these type of restaurants very often.  however, when i have visited applebee’s in the past, their oriental chicken salad seems to be a favorite.  

i will say that the dressing is key to their recipe, and this copy cat is almost identical to the taste i remember from the restaurant salad.

the salad basically consists of romaine lettuce, red and Napa cabbage, carrots, green onion, almonds and chow mein noodles.  i used shredded cole slaw instead, and left off the crispy chow mein noodles.  i did add sunflower seeds and fresh sprouts, and added the grilled chicken.  this salad is easy to prepare, since i usually plate the salad, then grill the chicken just before the dinner is to be served, and add the dressing.  

here is the dressing recipe which was very tasty.  this recipe will serve four salads or can be saved in the refrigerator for later use within a few days.

whisk together the following ingredients:  3 tablespoons honey or agave, 1 1/2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar, 1/4 cup low-fat mayonnaise, 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard, and 1/8 teaspoon sesame oil.  mix and whip very well and serve over the grilled chicken salad. yum.

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