A few weeks after Baby Girl was born and the generous meals from friends and family had subsided, Johnny and I had to start feeding ourselves again. And after a couple nights of Johnny’s gourmet hot dog, grilled cheese, and cereal cooking, we needed reinforcements. Unfortunately, this meant eating out more than our waistlines and our budget were used to. It also meant that Johnny and I stumbled across a delicious Asian salad from Chick-fil-A. We both loved it and started coming up with excuses to eat it. At $7.00 a pop, this Asian chicken salad habit was starting to become a dangerous one.
“Well, Johnny, looks like all we’ve got left is cat food. I guess it’s that or one of those salads.”
“Since we got through a full day without Baby Girl peeing on us, we deserve that salad.”
I was at Walmart on Saturday (the worst day ever to grocery shop), and I decided to pick up some ingredients to try to replicate this too-expensive meal. And let me tell ya, I did good. It tastes spot on. So much so that Johnny ate it for three meals in a row… typing that now makes me think that’s probably not the best thing, but whatever. And even better? Now instead of $7.00 each, it’s only $2.45 each. Us: 1, Chick-fil-A: 0.
Here’s how we did it:
Persie-approved Asian Chicken Salad.
- Kraft Asian Sesame dressing: $1.95 (we used 1/10 of the bottle) = $.19
- Canned sliced mandarin oranges: $0.78 (we used ½ can) = $.39
- Sliced almonds: $2.72 (we used 1/25 of the bag) = $.10
- Spring mix packaged salad: $2.54 (we used ¾ package) = $1.90
- Frozen breaded chicken strips: $6.90 (we used ⅓ bag) = $2.32
Grand total: $4.90 or $2.45/person
The key to this salad is that Kraft Asian Sesame dressing. It tastes just like the Chick-fil-A salad dressing. So make it. Eat it. Love it (or not, but we do). Now that I’m getting back into my cooking groove, anyone have any recipe links or recommendations to shoot me?