Kabocha Squash Salad with Chicken & Parsley Lime Dressing is a super quick dinner to throw together on a whim!
I imagine you're reading this recipe and thinking, Dalya, there are just too many steps and ingredients to make this Kabocha Squash Salad. Dare I say, don't follow the recipe! This "recipe" is not a recipe at all in fact.
My mentality towards cooking is to use every recipe as a guideline unless trying to create a dessert or authentic cultural cuisine.
Otherwise, use/buy the ingredients you find necessary to have in your house that you know won't go to waste and cook from there!
This not-recipe, Chicken Kobucha Squash Salad, came about because I went shopping at Key Food and decided I was going to make me & my boyfriend a dinner containing chicken. Then, I went to the vegetable section and chose kabocha squash & radicchio to have fun added color & taste to whatever dish I was making. Lastly, I was super intrigued by the Aufschnitt Jerky Bites, so I decided it would be a garnish for whatever meal I made. The rest of the ingredients found in the meal are all ones I had on hand!
Definitely, give this salad a go and substitute whatever ingredients you like best!
Use cilantro instead of parsley, substitute kabocha squash with acorn squash. The world is your oyster & as long as you cook with ingredients you find tasty, you're sure to create a delicious dish.
Key components to this Kabocha Squash Salad:
- Oven Roasted Chicken Strips - The key is to add spices you love to this chicken & not over bake it!
- Roasted Kabocha Squash - Kabocha Squash is one of my favorite squashes, but feel free to use any that you love. For me, the less spices the better so that the sweet squash flavors can shine through. Keep you spice mix to a maximum of 3-4 spices!
- Salad Mix - Add your favorite greens to be the base of the salad. I chose romaine lettuce, baby spinach & radicchio. Keep it fresh! I also threw in cucumber & Jerkey Bites for added flavor. Add nuts or seeds to add texture if you like.
- Dressing - The dressing recipe I included is quite simple. Feel free to use the recipe or add any citrus dressing to this salad. Citrus dressings work wonders!