Salad DAYS BestsellerMagazine.com - Top news: TITLE NOLA.com You are signed in as Edit Public Profile Sign Out The Times-Picayune Newsletters RSS Feeds Mobile Apps >Chicken salad for using that leftover turkey, rotisserie chicken Updated November 17, 2017 at 7:04 AM; Posted November 17, 2017 at 7:00 AM Chicken and Vegetable Salad With Asian Dressing. (Photo by Goran Kosanovic for The Washington Post) By The Washington Post This salad of shredded chicken tossed with a colorful slaw of red bell pepper, green cabbage and carrot is designed to hold up well in the refrigerator, so it is an ideal make-ahead dinner, packed lunch or potluck party dish. The key is to store its aromatic and Asian-inspired dressing separately, then toss it with the salad within several hours, or right before serving, so all the components stay fresh-tasting. For the chicken, I employ what I consider a foolproof "oven-poaching" method, which involves baking boneless, skinless breasts - pounded evenly thin - covered, on a baking sheet. It gives a similar result as poaching in liquid would, but with more control over the temperature so there is less risk of overcooking the meat. Alternatively, for this recipe you could skip the cooking and use shredded rotisserie chicken. Or, this salad could easily be made with leftover Thanksgiving turkey, making it a delicious treat to enjoy over the holiday weekend. The meat is chilled and then pulled apart, so it is shredded like the vegetables, and all the ingredients nestle nicely together. You can enjoy this salad over greens, on top of a warm rice bowl or in a wrap sandwich - or serve it as called for in this recipe, along with large leaves of Boston or Bibb lettuce to use as edible cups. This salad of shredded chicken tossed with a colorful slaw of red bell pepper, green cabbage and carrot, coated in an aromatic and savory soy dressing is designed to hold up well in the refrigerator, so it is an ideal make-ahead dinner, packed lunch or potluck party dish. The key is to store the dressing separately and toss it with the salad within several hours, or right before serving. The undressed salad components can be refrigerated a day in advance. The dressing may be refrigerated up to three days in advance. Once dressed, the salad should be consumed within several hours for best quality. * Chicken and Vegetable Salad With Asian Dressing 4 servings 1-1/4 pounds skinless, boneless chicken breast halves 1 teaspoon olive oil 1/8 teaspoon salt 11/2 cups thinly sliced green cabbage 1 medium red bell pepper, seeded and thinly sliced 1 medium carrot, scrubbed well, and then cut into ribbons with a vegetable peeler 1/4 cup packed cilantro leaves 16 large Bibb or Boston lettuce leaves, for serving For the dressing 3 tablespoons walnut oil or olive oil 3 tablespoons unseasoned rice vinegar 2 teaspoons low-sodium soy sauce 2 teaspoons honey 1 1/2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil 1 teaspoon finely grated peeled fresh ginger root 1 small clove garlic, minced 1/4 teaspoon salt Pinch crushed red pepper flakes Steps Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Place the chicken breasts between pieces of plastic wrap, then pound them to an even 1/2-inch thickness. Arrange them in a single layer in a baking dish; drizzle both sides with the olive oil and season with the salt. Cover tightly with aluminum foil and bake (middle rack) for 20 to 30 minutes, or just until the chicken has cooked through (start checking at 20 minutes). Uncover and let cool. Refrigerate for 1 hour or up to 3 days. When you're ready to assemble the salad, pull the chicken apart with your fingers into thin strips. (Alternatively, you could skip the cooking step and use 3 cups of meat pulled from a cooked rotisserie chicken.) Combine the chicken, cabbage, bell pepper, carrot and cilantro in a mixing bowl. Whisk together the walnut or olive oil, vinegar, soy sauce, honey, toasted sesame oil, ginger, garlic, salt and crushed red pepper flakes in a medium bowl to form an emulsified dressing. Pour over the salad and toss to coat evenly. Serve in or alongside lettuce leaves, to be eaten taco-style. *** Special To The Washington Post -- Ellie Krieger -- Krieger is a registered dietitian, nutritionist and author who hosts public television's "Ellie's Real Good Food." She blogs and offers a weekly newsletter at elliekrieger.com.