This Asian-inspired chopped cabbage salad is a culinary masterpiece that combines the earthiness of minced tofu, the savory goodness of minced chicken, and the irresistible smoky crunch of CHIKA'S Smoked Almonds. The result? A hearty, satisfying salad that's packed with protein and flavor. Let's dive into this delectable recipe!
For the Salad:
1 small head of green cabbage: Finely chopped, providing a fresh and crunchy base for your salad.
Minced Tofu: Approximately 1 cup, adding a protein-packed, plant-based element to the dish.
Minced Chicken: Approximately 1 cup, offering a savory and protein-rich component.
1/2 cup CHIKA'S Smoked Almonds: The star of the show! Roughly chopped to provide that irresistible smokiness and crunch.
For the Dressing:
3 tablespoons soy sauce: Adding a savory umami note.
2 tablespoons rice vinegar: Providing a gentle acidity to balance the flavors.
2 tablespoons sesame oil: Infusing that distinctive nutty aroma.
1 tablespoon honey or maple syrup: For a touch of sweetness (use maple syrup for a vegan version).
1 clove garlic: Minced for a hint of pungency.
1 teaspoon grated ginger: Offering a zesty, aromatic kick.
1 teaspoon Sriracha sauce: Adjust to your spice preference to bring a subtle heat.
Salt and pepper: To taste, keeping in mind the soy sauce is already salty.
1. Prepare the Salad Ingredients:
Begin by finely chopping the green cabbage. You can use a knife or a food processor with a shredding attachment.
In a pan, heat some oil over medium heat and add the minced tofu. Stir-fry until it's lightly browned and has a slightly crispy texture. Remove from heat.
In the same pan, add the minced chicken and cook until it's no longer pink and fully cooked. Season with a pinch of salt and pepper. Remove from heat.
2. Make the Dressing:
In a small bowl, whisk together the soy sauce, rice vinegar, sesame oil, honey (or maple syrup), minced garlic, grated ginger, and Sriracha sauce.
Season the dressing with salt and pepper to taste. Remember, the soy sauce is already salty, so go easy on the salt until you've tasted the final salad.
3. Combine and Toss:
In a large mixing bowl, combine the finely chopped cabbage, minced tofu, and minced chicken.
Pour the dressing over the salad ingredients in the mixing bowl.
Toss the salad thoroughly to ensure all the ingredients are well coated with the dressing.
4. Add the Smoked Almonds:
Just before serving, sprinkle the roughly chopped CHIKA'S Smoked Almonds over the salad. This adds a delightful smoky crunch to the dish.
5. Serve and Enjoy:
Transfer the Asian Chopped Cabbage Salad to a serving platter or individual plates.
Serve immediately and enjoy the vibrant flavors, textures, and protein-packed goodness of this hearty salad