With its layered flavors of hot, sweet and savory, and its fun textural play, this Wasabi & Sweet Garlic Chicken Salad exemplifies the modern salad trend. Introduced originally as a salad feature on the summer menu of ViewHouse, a New American eatery, the offering quickly became a fan favorite and has since gained permanent status on the menu.
Starring mixed greens, scallions, celery, carrots and Granny Smith apples, it’s tossed in a housemade wasabi-aïoli dressing and topped with local, organic chicken marinated in housemade sweet chile-soy sauce. Crispy wonton-skin slivers finish the salad for a craveworthy crunch.
“The combination of spice from the wasabi, sweetness from the sweet-chile chicken, and the freshness from the lettuce make this dish an exciting mix of flavors,” says Executive Chef Jose Guerrero. “The heat from the wasabi ignites the palate, which is then rewarded with the tangy sweetness of the chile chicken, and each bite is punctuated by the refreshing crunch of the mixed greens, apples, carrots and wontons.”