This Whole30 salad is so delicious, and it is so good for meal prep and for your Whole30 lunches all week!
For the Dressing:
2 – 3 dates
½ cup light olive oil
2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
2 teaspoons coconut aminos
3 tablespoons almond butter
1 tablespoon rice vinegar
For the Chicken:
6 chicken thighs, boneless and skinless, cut into ½-inch cubes
½ teaspoon kosher salt
½ teaspoon Five Spice
¼ teaspoon garlic powder
¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons + 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil, divided
For the Salad:
8 cups shredded cabbage (we used green and purple cabbage)
1 teaspoon kosher salt
½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 cups julienned carrots
½ cup green onion, sliced
½ cup slivered almonds
One 10.7 ounce can Whole 30 compliant mandarin oranges, drained
1 mango, diced (optional)
1 teaspoon black sesame seeds, for garnish (optional)
Make the dressing:
Chop the dates into small pieces. Soften the dates in hot water for 10 minutes and drain.
Blend the dates, olive oil, and sesame oil in a food processor until emulsified (approximately 1-2 minutes). Add all other ingredients to the food processor and pulse until completely combined. Scrape down the sides of the processor as needed. Set aside.
Make the chicken:
In a small bowl, combine the salt, Five Spice, garlic powder, and pepper to make a spice mixture. Stir to mix well. Set aside.
Place the chicken in a large bowl. Drizzle the chicken with 1 teaspoon olive oil and toss to coat. Sprinkle with the spice mixture and toss to coat thoroughly and evenly. Set aside.
In a large skillet, heat 2 tablespoons olive oil over medium high heat. Place the chicken in a pan in a single layer and cook until crispy and brown, about 4 minutes. Flip each piece over and cook until done, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.
Make the salad:
In a large bowl, add the shredded cabbage and carrots, 1 teaspoon salt, and ½ teaspoon pepper, tossing to coat evenly. Add the green onions, almonds, mandarin oranges, mango (optional), and chicken bits. Add ½ cup of the dressing and toss to coat thoroughly. Serve garnished with black sesame seeds and the remaining dressing on the side. Enjoy!
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