Chopped Asian Chicken Salad with Sweet & Sour Dressing

Confession time. I am currently dreaming about all things fall. Crisp cool weather. Boots (!!), jeans and scarves. Not sweating every single time I leave the house. <— I mean, how nice is that going to be come fall! There are so many things that I love about summer, but the crazy heat and humidity? Yeah, no. Not digging those.

But you know what I do love? Consuming loads and loads of salad in an effort to stay as cool as possible! So today, we talk this chopped asian chicken salad!

Colorful and healthy chopped asian chicken salad! With sticky, juicy chicken, crunchy veggies, mandarin oranges and a sweet & sour dressing!

Super crunchy. Super flavorful. Super juicy! I feel like that’s a weird thing to say about a salad, but I swear, it just describes it so well! It’s one of those recipes that is perfect for summer, but I have a feeling you’ll want to make it all year round as well.

So. Let’s back it up a bit. This recipe is coming atcha’ straight from my college days. One of my good friends (hi niki!) often made this fantastic salad that was like a bright light in the middle of plenty of icky dorm food. It was so simple but so good – lettuce, mandarin oranges, sliced almonds and a homemade sweet & sour dressing.

That salad is the base for today’s recipe. I tinkered with the dressing (because I couldn’t help myself) and then added several other components to bulk it up and make it a main dish. In addition to all those awesome original ingredients, it now also features plenty of rainbow colored veggies and teriyaki flavored chicken! Yum-o!

And when served alongside some crusty fresh bread? Meal time perfection.