As the name of my blog indicates, I spend a lot of time thinking about home. Of course, my Heavenly Home is the one that is eternal, so that’s where I need to lay up my treasures, and that’s the one I’m striving for. But in the meantime, I have been given this tiny piece of the here-and-now—this home on the edge of town, this family, this neighborhood—in which to serve Him. And, though this is in the earthly realm, I want the things that happen here to be investments in the Heavenly realm.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Salad On Tuesday: Week 11 {Asian Chicken Salad}

Putting on my deerstalker and getting out my magnifying glass (think Sherlock Holmes), I went in search of a recipe for my favorite salad at Panera Bread, the Asian Chicken Salad.  I thought that I could wing it on the salad ingredients and their proportions (although I had mistakenly assumed that you could buy the wonton strips), but I wanted some guidance in making the dressing.  Yes, I knew that sesame oil was a key ingredient, but I knew I needed to nail the dressing in order to convince myself that this salad-at-home was an acceptable substitute.

This detective did not have to search long to find this copycat recipe...on Panera's own website, no less, giving evidence of credibility.

Last week, the girls and I pitched in to make this salad...Kati washing and spinning Romaine, Bekah chopping cilantro, me frying wonton strips, both girls making the all-important dressing.  Then we all sat down to this very convincing Asian Chicken Salad...not quite as good as the real deal, but a satisfying substitute.    

Click ~ HERE~ for recipe.


  • When frying the wonton strips, be aware that they cook within seconds.  I could barely get them out of the hot oil before they were too brown.  (I did not measure the temperature of my oil as the recipe directs, so that may have been the problem.)
  • Next time, I'll add a little more rice vinegar to the dressing for a bit more tang.  

Well, we're almost at summer's end (picture me with a huge grin while saying that), but I have one more salad to share next Tuesday.

Have you been enjoying some new salads as I have been this summer?

Looking for a recipe from another week?

Week 1:   BLT Macaroni Salad
Week 2:   Pesto Pasta Salad


  1. Yes, we have two favorites from your list that we've enjoyed more than once. Why try something new when the tried and true works? We're such creatures of habit.

  2. We are having my grilled fajita chicken salad for dinner tonight.

    So good! You'd love it....I can send you the recipe if you want!


  3. Oh, this does sound good. I can see where to come if I'm ever in need of a new salad recipe! thanks


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