This recipe features tender chicken and crunchy vegetables. With peanut oil, soy sauce and toasted sesame seeds, the dressing has a slight Asian flair. To save time when entertaining, you can cook the chicken and prepare the dressing the day before.—Diane Hixon, Niceville, Florida
This recipe was inspired by my love of spicy flavors and light, nutritious entrees. The pretty salad has an appealing variety of textures. I make it year-round because it's fast and easy to prepare after a long day at work.
-Peggy Allen, Pasadena, California
Our congregation was holding a luncheon at which I was helping, and we were supposed to use turkey left over from the church's Thanksgiving supper.
I thought back to a salad I had tasted years before, then tried to come up with something similar. Everyone liked it so much that—at another church luncheon—we cooked a turkey for the specific purpose of making my salad.
There was only one problem with this salad—as usual, I just created it as I was going along. When the other ladies asked me for the recipe. I had to scramble to put something on paper!
At home, I make this whenever we have leftover turkey (it's also good with chicken). My husband and I have four grown daughters and seven grandchildren. We're grain and beef farmers.
Meet the Cook: In my kitchen, leftover roast frequently ends up in this filling salad.
While we live in the city, we're surrounded by a park. So a touch of the country's near. Our four girls are 6, 4 and 3 (yes...the youngest are twins).
Southeast Washington is a prime growing area for asparagus, and this recipe is one of the best I've tried using this delicious vegetable. Because it has shrimp and ham, this salad is hearty enough to be served as a main dish.