Wendy's Garden Sensations Mandarin Chicken Salad copycat recipe by Todd Wilbur
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Wendy's Garden Sensations Mandarin Chicken Salad

Score: 5.00. Votes: 3
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Of the four salads on Wendy's new Garden Sensations menu, this is the one that gets all the cloning requests. It's the sesame dressing that everyone's nuts about. The formula below gives you a nice 1 1/2 cups of the delicious stuff so it'll fit perfectly into a standard dressing cruet. Once you've got your dressing made, building the rest of the salad is a breeze.

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Source: Top Secret Recipes Unlocked by Todd Wilbur.

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Sesame Dressing
  • 1/2 cup corn syrup
  • 3 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons pineapple juice
  • 4 teaspoons granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon light brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon paprika
  • Pinch garlic powder
  • Pinch ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon sesame seeds
  • 4 chicken breast fillets
  • Vegetable oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 large head iceberg lettuce
  • 4 cups chopped red leaf lettuce, chopped
  • 1 1/3 cups canned mandarin orange wedges
  • 1 cup ricenoodles (or chow mein noodles)
  • 1 cup roasted sliced almonds
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      1. Prepare the dressing by combining all the dressing ingredients except the vegetable oil and sesame seeds in a blender on high speed. Slowly add the oil to mixture through the hole in the lid—it will thicken and create an emulsion. Add the sesame seeds and blend for just a couple seconds. Pour the dressing into a container (such as a dressing cruet), cover, and chill until needed.

      2. Rub each chicken breast fillet with oil, then lightly salt and pepper each piece. Grill the chicken on medium-high heat until done. Chill the chicken breasts in your refrigerator until cold.

      3. When the chicken is cold, build each salad by first arranging about 4 cups of iceberg lettuce in the bottom of a large salad bowl or on a plate. 

      4. Arrange a cup of red leaf lettuce on the iceberg lettuce. 

      5. Dice each chicken breast into bite-size pieces and sprinkle the pieces over each salad. 

      6. Arrange about 1/3 cup of mandarin orange wedges on each salad.

      7. Next, sprinkle about 1/4 cup of rice noodles and 1/4 cup of roasted sliced almonds on top of each salad.

      8. Add the desired amount of sesame dressing and serve.

      Makes 4 large salads.

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Score: 5.00. Votes: 3
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Jan 25, 2010, 22:00

OUTSTANDING! My husband and I love this salad and the dressing. This dressing taste just like the one at Wendy's. Heck, my picky teenage son will even eat it!

Aug 1, 2005, 22:00

This is a great salad even my kids eat it. I like to add a little julienned cabbage into the mix to give it wonderful crunch.

I'm Todd Wilbur,
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For 30 years I've been deconstructing America's most iconic brand-name foods to make the best original clone recipes for you to use at home. Welcome to my lab.

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