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Asian-Style Caesar Salad with Five-Spice Chicken

Serves 4 to 6
Time 35 min
This salad deliciously blends the lemon and romaine of a traditional Caesar salad with the Asian tang of five-spice seasoning and wasabi powder. Tender soba (buckwheat) noodles pair well with the crunch of water chestnuts. For a complete meal, enjoy with hot, crusty Italian bread alongside.
Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon sesame oil divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon Chinese five-spice powder
  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 4 ounces soba noodles
  • 8 cups torn romaine lettuce (from about 1 medium head)
  • 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon wasabi powder
  • 1 large clove garlic finely chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 (8-ounce) can diced water chestnuts drained and rinsed
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
Method

Mix 1 tablespoon of the sesame oil with five-spice powder and salt. Rub on all sides of each chicken breast. Let the chicken rest in the refrigerator while preparing the noodles.

Bring a large pot of water to a simmer over medium heat. Add the noodles and cook until tender, about 6 minutes (timing may vary depending on noodles; check the directions on package for cooking time). Drain and toss with remaining teaspoon sesame oil in a medium bowl. Cover and refrigerate.

Prepare a grill for medium heat cooking. Grill chicken on both sides until cooked through, about 5 minutes per side. While chicken is cooking, prepare the dressing by whisking together olive oil, vinegar, lemon juice, mustard, wasabi, garlic, salt and pepper.

In a salad bowl, combine chilled noodles with romaine. Toss with the prepared dressing. Slice chicken into strips and layer across the top of the salad. Garnish with water chestnuts.

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  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon sesame oil divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon Chinese five-spice powder
  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 4 ounces soba noodles
  • 8 cups torn romaine lettuce (from about 1 medium head)
  • 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon wasabi powder
  • 1 large clove garlic finely chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 (8-ounce) can diced water chestnuts drained and rinsed
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt