Fruity Chicken Salad with Minted Orange Dressing

Serves 6-8
by Tenina Holder


I do love a salad that is actually a meal and this is one of those salads. The dressing should really be it’s own recipe. It is that good. I suggest you make extra and use it up the next day. This recipe appears in the Merry Christmix franchise, never ask me which one cos I just cannot keep up, but go get it here at an all time low price.

Don’t be afraid of the the’ll be amazed how good it is.

You have been warned.

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  • Salad
  • 1 batch Minted Orange Dressing (see below)
  • 100 g grain of choice (rice, pasta, quinoa, faro, wheat, couscous)
  • 1 L water
  • 500 g chicken thigh fillet, cubed
  • 200 g salad greens of choice
  • 2 spring onions, sliced
  • 2 mangoes, diced
  • 2 avocados, diced
  • 250 g strawberries, sliced
  • Handful salted macadamia nuts
  • Extra mint leaves
  • Dressing
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 small red chilli
  • Zest 1 lemon, finely grated
  • Zest 2 oranges, finely grated
  • Juice 1 lemon
  • Juice 2 oranges
  • 100 g Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO) BUY
  • 40 g fish sauce
  • 40 g Coconut - Sugar BUY
  • Generous handful mint leaves
  • Generous handful coriander leaves
  • Dash of rice wine vinegar



Place all dressing ingredients into Thermomix bowl and blend 30 sec/speed 10.


Store in fridge until use.


Place grain of choice into simmering basket. Cover with water. Steam 8 min/Varoma/speed 3.


Place chicken into Varoma dish and tray and set into position. Steam 8 min/Varoma/speed 3.


Drain the grain and place into a small bowl with a little of the dressing to infuse.


Place salad greens onto large serving platter, top with spring onions, mangoes, avocados, strawberries and the dressed grain. Top with chicken pieces, and then drizzle with remaining dressing. Garnish with nuts and mints leaves. Serve warm or cold.


This salad can easily be scaled up or down. Increase cooking time on grain or chicken as needed. The maximum diced chicken that will cook in the Varoma dish and tray is approximately 1.2KG.

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