All the flavors of the Costco Chinese Style Salad Kit without the $10 price tag.
As I am sure all of you are, I am a HUGE fan of Costco. We don’t go often, but when we do I am like Mitch from Modern Family, excited grabbing carts and flatbed trucks and piling things into the cart. One of my favorite shortcut meals from Costco is the Costco Chinese Style Salad Kit. You know what I am talking about…
Full of dressing, chicken and toppings the real star of the Costco Chinese Style Salad Kit is the dressing. A wonderful sesame miso dressing with honey and ginger, the dressing is addicting. So I kept begrudgingly paying the 10 dollars for this salad mix even though I don’t eat the chicken (I just think it looks a bit funny, the texture is weird and it sort of bothers me how long it is packaged for) and the toppings are all so easy to buy elsewhere for so much less. Yes, it felt like I was paying 10 dollars for those two little pouches of dressing.
So many things at Costco are awesome deals: Organic meats (especially the ground beef), milk, butter, Organic Better than Bouillon (I buy 3 of these every time I go), the organic tortilla chips, M&M trail mix, oh my goodness the corn muffins in the bakery, pomegranates when they are in season and the cheese selection. Oh man, the cheese selection!
By now you know how I feel about making my own versions of popular recipes. This dressing was just begging to be remade. The best part is how easy it is. Almost every ingredient in the dressing is pretty easy to find. The only ingredient you may need to search a bit for is the miso paste which is readily available at Whole Foods and when you are at it make this Miso Glazed Sea Bass with your miso you have left over. It is ridiculously easy and delicious. I used to make it for clients all the time and they would rave about it.
- 1/4 cup plain yogurt (mayonnaise is an easy substitute here too)
- 2 tablespoons mellow white miso paste
- 4 teaspoons rice vinegar
- 2 teaspoon chopped ginger
- 2 teaspoon soy sauce
- 2 teaspoons honey
- 2 teaspoons sesame oil
- 1/4 cup orange juice
- 2 cups cooked chicken breast meat , cubed
- 1 head of lettuce , chopped
- 1/4 cup sliced almonds
- 3/4 cup wonton strips
- 3/4 cups crispy chow mein noodles
- To make the dressing, add all the ingredients in a blender or food processor until smooth.
- Layer the salad with lettuce, chicken, almonds, wonton strips and chow mein noodles before pouring on the dressing.
- Enjoy the fact you didn't spend $10 on the kit. 😉
If you love the real version of this salad dressing you’re going to be very disappointed with this recipe. Don’t waste your time. It’s nothing like the Okami dressing. Not even close
Can’t wait to try this recipe. My favorite salad and none of our Nearby Costco’s carry It anymore ??
YES! I was so sad when the salad went away. It was one of my favorite things at Costco! I hope you enjoy it!
The flavor wasn’t too far off. But the texture was completely wrong. It was all liquid. No viscosity to it at all.
Sorry it doesn’t taste anything like Costco’s. We did a taste test with both dressings.
Can’t wait to try! Can I use fat free yogurt? Or is full fat better?
You can use fat free, or even Greek yogurt, if that’s your preference. Hope this helps!
What mellow white miso paste do you use?
I used organic Miso Master for this recipe but I have also used West Brae Natural, both bought at Whole Foods.
I am going to try this one I made another one and it’s not working this one is a little different I will see I hope it work because I like the salad from Costco
I hope you enjoy it!
What type and brand of yogurt and soy sauce did you use for the dressing?
For the Soy Sauce I use this one.
For the yogurt I use this plain yogurt.
Thanks for this. I can’t wait to try it. Just ate thre salad I bought from Costco, always thinking I only like the dressing, how can I just buy the dressing? Also totally agree with u re the chicken. It also turns rubbery when u pan fry it. Ingredients seem all normal stuff, but texture is off.
I tried your recipe but it didn’t come out even close to the okami dressing. Maybe I need to try again. I used sesame seed oil instead of sesame oil. Is there a difference?
No, those are the same, can I ask what the differences were? The recipe was tested alongside the original, so maybe I can help troubleshoot for you?
I never had Costco’s salad, but they sure looked tempting. The price always held me back from buying them. I made your recipe, it was absolutely delicious. I had it 3 days in a row and cannot wait to make it again.
Fantastic! Thank you for dropping back by to let me know how much you loved it!!
What a delicious looking salad! Slide a bowl my way 🙂
How awesome, I absolutely love that salad! I always grab that salad when I’m in Costco! Love now that I can make it myself and know the ingredients are fresh.
It’s a really tasty salad, I was happy I was able to replicate it!