1/2 cup rice vinegar
1/4 cup sugar
2 whole cloves garlic, smashed
1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
1/4 cup canola oil
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds
4 hearts romaine lettuce, chopped (or spring mix)
1 (15 oz can) mandarin oranges, drained
1/2 cup wonton strips (optional)
1/3 cup sliced almonds
1/3 cup chopped cilantro
12 ounces cooked grilled chicken, sliced or diced
Place the rice vinegar in a small saucepan over medium heat and allow it to just come to a gentle boil, add the sugar and garlic cloves and let the sugar dissolves, about 1 minute. Remove the rice vinegar mixture from the stove and discard the garlic cloves. Place the rice vinegar mixture in a mason jar and add the sesame oil, canola oil, soy sauce and toasted sesame seeds. Allow the dressing to come to room temperature, about 10-15 minutes. Screw on the lid and give it a good shake until the dressing mixes together. Please note, homemade salad dressing will separate as it sits, just give it a good shake before pouring onto the salad.
In a large bowl, combine all the ingredients for the salad and top with the sesame vinaigrette. Serve immediately.