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Chinese Chicken Salad Recipe with Ginger-Sesame Dressing | What’s Cooking

Nordstrom Chinese Chicken Salad Recipe with Sesame-Ginger Dressing. Photo by Jeff Powell.

After being on the menu at our Marketplace Cafe and Cafe Nordstrom locations for years, this Chinese Chicken Salad has quite a following. Because it’s delicious. And, as we show in our Friends and Family Cookbook, it’s pretty easy to make at home too.

We toss together a fresh and tasty mix of julienned bell peppers, carrots, bok choy, oranges and chicken with our Ginger-Sesame Dressing. I was surprised by how flavor-packed that dressing is, considering the small number of ingredients and its easiness to throw together—it has just the right Asian-inspired balance of salty and sweet with a little heat from the dry mustard and ginger. To top it all, crispy fried wonton strips (don’t skip these!) followed by a sprinkling of toasted slivered almonds and sesame seeds.

I had plenty of ingredients left over after composing one of these salads to photograph, so I packed up all the components and took them to a party I had been invited to that night. I just layered the ingredients in a big bowl—which made for a beautiful presentation too—drizzling each layer with the dressing. Not surprisingly, it was very popular, and now I can send a link to this recipe to all the people who asked me for it afterward. Guaranteed you’ll be doing the same once you serve this light but satisfying salad; it’s a tried and tested winner.

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Parmesan-Crusted Chicken BLT Salad Recipe with Honey-Dijon Dressing | What’s Cooking

Parmesan-Crusted Chicken Salad Recipe with Honey-Dijon Dressing from Nordstrom Cafe. Photo by Jeff Powell.

Introducing your new favorite dinner salad (unless you’ve already tried our Parmesan-Crusted Chicken Salad at one of our Nordstrom Cafe locations). With layers of satisfying flavor, if a salad can be comfort food, this guy is it.

We toss together mixed baby greens with ripe tomatoes, hard-boiled egg, roasted corn, smoky bacon (!) and tender chicken cooked until its Parmesan breading is crisp and golden brown. Clinging to it all: a quick and delicious honey-dijon dressing that’s spiked with a bit of ginger and a handful of fresh cilantro. This is the kind of salad you’ll want to make again and again, because once you’ve tried a gratifying forkful, it’ll be hard to stop thinking about having another.

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Creamy Baked Crab Macaroni and Cheese Recipe | What’s Cooking

Creamy Baked Crab Macaroni and Cheese Recipe from Nordstrom.

Indulge your inner child while making your grown-up palate happy. Our recipe for baked crab macaroni and cheese casserole isn’t stingy on the crab, with a whole pound stuffed under a golden-brown herbed panko crust. We like to reach for orecchiette pasta, because each cup-shaped noodle is like a little ladle for our creamy fontina cheese sauce (though opting for Gruyère wouldn’t be a bad idea either).

Creamy Baked Crab Macaroni and Cheese Recipe from Nordstrom.

We serve this comforting dish at our Nordstrom Grills (drop in for a bite!), but our recipe makes re-creating this super-popular dish easy enough for a weeknight meal at home and decadent enough to make an impressive dinner for entertaining—especially if you want to get extra fancy and bake each serving in an individual crock.

Nordstrom Crab Macaroni and Cheese Recipe.

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Grilled Ground Chicken Burger Recipe with Caramelized Onions, Roasted Mushrooms and Garlic Aioli | What’s Cooking

Best grilled ground chicken burger recipe from Nordstrom with caramelized onions, herbed mushrooms and roasted garlic aioli.

Add this superstar chicken burger to your grill repertoire and become newly best friends with the people lucky enough to dig in. This delicious monster is served at our Nordstrom Grill with caramelized onions, herbed mushrooms and roasted garlic aioli, all sandwiched within a toasted sesame bun. We amp things up by grinding both breast and thigh meat—for added flavor and moisture—and mix in lots of fresh parsley and a heap of caramelized onions to make each huge patty one of the best you’ll ever bite into.

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Grilled Shrimp, Corn and Polenta Salad Recipe with Creamy Roasted Garlic Dressing and Parmesan Crisps | What’s Cooking

Grilled shrimp salad with sweet corn, polenta, creamy roasted garlic dressing and Parmesan crisps from Nordstrom. | Photo by Jeff Powell

Succulent grilled shrimp. Seasonal at-their-peak ingredients. Herby, roasted garlic dressing and a nutty Parmesan crisp garnish. Combine them all, and meet the perfect summer lunch or dinner.

Ripe, red tomatoes and freshly picked sweet corn (especially grilled) are two of my favorite summer ingredients. I look forward to them all year, since they aren’t much worth bothering with any other time. So, when I saw this recipe, I had a pretty good feeling we’d be good friends.

Peppery baby arugula makes a delicious bed for all these flavorful salad components, including the grilled polenta croutons. And, with fresh herbs, garlic, scallions, a dash of mayo and the perfect amount of acid and sweetness, our light but creamy dressing that tops it all deliciously straddles the line between ranch and green goddess dressing. Substantial but not too heavy, this salad (also served at our Marketplace Café) has everything going for it. File this recipe under “Going to make again and again”.

Creamy garlic vinaigrette dressing recipe from Nordstrom with roasted garlic and herbs | Photo by Jeff Powell

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Lemon Risotto with Grilled Shrimp and Asparagus Recipe | What’s Cooking

Shrimp and asparagus risotto recipe grilled with lemon from Nordstrom. Photo by Jeff Powell.

You don’t need to be a chef to make risotto. Seriously. Especially with this easy shrimp and asparagus version. The preparation isn’t the only thing that’s simple. Fresh shrimp and asparagus get dressed with just a bit of olive oil, salt and pepper and are then grilled for a smoky flavor that still lets the essence of the briny shrimp and crisp-tender asparagus shine through. This creamy risotto also includes a good bit of freshly squeezed lemon juice, which pairs beautifully with both stars of the dish. Add friends, a warm summer night and a glass of great wine, and you couldn’t ask for anything better.

In case you missed it, you can also make risotto in advance for less stressful entertaining. Just follow the method described in our Make-Ahead Risotto Recipe.

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Crispy Shrimp Tacos Recipe with Cabbage, Mango and Cilantro-Lime Dressing | What’s Cooking

Fried crispy shrimp tacos recipe with cabbage, mango and cliantro lime dressing from Nordstrom. Photo by Jeff Powell.

Looking for some Taco Tuesday recipe inspiration, or something worthy of an epic Cinco de Mayo celebration? Here you go: crispy fried shrimp tacos topped with roasted garlic aioli, cabbage, mango, red onion and a generous drizzle of our popular cilantro-lime vinaigrette. Fresh, bright and satisfying with crunchy, succulent shrimp, this is the kind of taco that created the need for a taco emoji.

Fried crispy shrimp tacos recipe with cabbage, mango and cliantro lime dressing from Nordstrom. Photo by Jeff Powell.

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Roast Leg of Lamb Recipe with Garlic and Rosemary, Candied Carrots and Herbed Potatoes | What’s Cooking

Boneless roast lef of lamb recipe with garlic and rosemary from Nordstrom. Photo by Jeff Powell.

This cherished recipe for a garlic- and rosemary-studded boneless leg of lamb and accompanying sides is published in our Nordstrom Friends and Family Cookbook. In its pages, contributing chef Michael Thoms shares his food and family memories associated with this classic (and delicious!) Easter dinner.

Boneless roast lef of lamb recipe with garlic and rosemary from Nordstrom. Photo by Jeff Powell.

“One of my fondest childhood memories is of my grandmother’s cooking. She made cooking incredibly fun; we all got to help in the planning, preparation and serving of the meal. I think this is one of the reasons I became a chef. Her philosophy of food and cooking—let the ingredients speak for themselves—was something I have carried into my professional life. She always bought only the freshest seasonal ingredients and prepared them simply. This recipe of hers, a family treasure, reflects that style. Once a year the butcher would get fresh spring lamb, and she would be the first in line to pick out a leg.” —Chef Michael Thoms

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Blackened Salmon Caesar Salad Recipe with Spicy Pepper Sauce | What’s Cooking

Blackened Caesar Salad Recipe. Easy Caesar dressing without egg from Nordstrom.

If you have a tendency to burn things in the kitchen, then this recipe is for you! Well, not exactly. Don’t be fooled by the beautiful crust on this salmon—it’s packed with toasty flavor. The trick to this recipe is bringing our Cajun spice rub just past the point of caramelized in a hot skillet while bringing the salmon itself to a perfectly moist and flaky doneness. But there’s not much to it, and our recipe guides you all the way.

Apart from the spicy pepper sauce, which tops the quick-to-cook blackened salmon, my favorite part of this recipe is the couldn’t-be-easier caesar dressing. In our recipe, the dressing is made without the classic raw egg, replacing it with mayonnaise. I hold caesar salads to a high standard (or rather, their dressings, which can be awful), so I wasn’t sure about that twist, but all it took was a taste to make me a convert. I’ll be using this recipe (and that genius substitute) in the future for fast, delicious caesar salad.

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Beer-Battered Halibut Fish and Chips Recipe with Tartar Sauce and Horseradish Aioli | What’s Cooking

Beer-Battered Fish and Chips recipe from the Nordstrom Grill. Photo by Jeff Powell.

The first time I had real, delicious fish and chips, it was at a hole-in-the-wall shop in the city center of a little town in England. I was just a few days into a year-long stay studying abroad during my junior year of college. The battered and fried fish was succulent and flaky on the inside with a golden brown, crisp exterior that was perfectly seasoned.

I thought I hated fried fish up until then, but, as I’d discover over the years with a number of other things, I’d just never had it done properly. Making Nordstrom’s version of fish and chips at home brought me back to that drizzly day years ago standing in the foreign city-center square with a funky little wooden fork and a steaming bundle of perfect newspaper-wrapped fish and chips warming my hands as I wondered what the rest of my year held in store. (For one thing, a lot of really amazing Indian, it turned out.)

In our beer-battered halibut and chips recipe, as served at our Nordstrom Grill, our chefs include how to make two house-made dipping sauces—tartar sauce and a horseradish/roasted garlic aioli, both extremely tasty—and our crunchy coleslaw.

Beer-Battered Fish and Chips recipe from Nordstrom. Photo by Jeff Powell.

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