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Thai Chicken Salad with Figs

Thai Chicken Salad with FigsShredded chicken, dried figs, green onions, fresh mint, julienned cantaloupe, red bell pepper and cucumber are tossed in a spicy honey-lime-ginger dressing and served on a bed of mixed salad greens.

Recipe Ingredients:

6 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1/4 cup honey
3 teaspoon light soy sauce
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes, crushed
2 teaspoon fresh gingerroot, very finely minced
2 cups shredded, cooked chicken
1 cup California dried figs, stems removed, and cut lengthwise into eighths
2 green onions, thinly sliced
1/4 cup chopped fresh mint
1/2 small cantaloupe; seeded, pared and cut in julienne strips (2 cups)
1 sweet, red pepper; ribs and seeds removed, cut in julienne strips (1 1/2 cups)
1 small cucumber; peeled, seeded, and cut in julienne strips (2 cups)
Assorted mixed salad greens.
Mint sprigs for garnish

Cooking Directions:

  1. Combine lime juice, honey, soy sauce, pepper flakes and gingerroot in medium bowl; mix well. Add chicken, figs, onions and mint; toss to coat evenly. Cover and refrigerate for one hour. Stir occasionally.
  2. When ready to serve, combine cantaloupe, pepper strips and cucumber with marinated chicken and toss gently but thoroughly.
  3. Line serving bowl or salad plates with greens and arrange mixture in center. Garnish with mint sprigs if desired.

Makes 6 servings.

Nutritional Information Per Serving (1/6 of recipe): Calories 242; Fat 4 grams; Protein 16 gram; Carbohydrates 40 grams; Dietary Fiber 4 grams; Calories from fat 13%; Sodium 150 mg; Cholesterol 39 mg.

Recipe and photograph provided courtesy of the California Fig Advisory Board.