Craving a light, nutritious, and delicious meal? Try our Chinese Chicken Salad, packed with vibrant flavors and a satisfying crunch. Perfect for a quick lunch or dinner!
Introducing our vibrant and scrumptious Chinese chicken salad, a delightful way to enjoy a nutritious meal while satisfying your taste buds. This recipe brings together an array of fresh vegetables, tender chicken, and a mouthwatering dressing that elevates the dish to new heights. The combination of crunchy textures and delightful flavors creates a unique salad experience that you’ll want to make again and again. Perfect for meal prepping or serving as a quick lunch or dinner, this Chinese chicken salad is as versatile as it is tasty. Not only is it easy to prepare, but it also offers a refreshing break from your everyday salad routine. So why wait? Give this delicious and satisfying salad a try, and watch it become a regular favorite in your meal rotation.
If you have a nut allergy or simply prefer not to include almonds in your salad, feel free to omit them. The salad will still be delicious and full of flavor without the nuts. Alternatively, you can replace the almonds with another crunchy topping, such as sunflower seeds or pumpkin seeds.
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, you can prepare the salad ahead of time. However, we recommend storing the dressing and crunchy toppings separately until you’re ready to serve. This will help maintain the freshness and crispness of the ingredients.
The salad itself is gluten-free, but the won ton strips or chow mein noodles may contain gluten. To make the recipe gluten-free, substitute the noodles with gluten-free alternatives or omit them altogether.
You can use any cooked chicken, such as grilled, baked, or even leftover rotisserie chicken. Just be sure to shred or cube it before adding it to the salad.
Serve the Chinese Chicken Salad as a main dish for lunch or dinner. It pairs well with a variety of sides, such as steamed rice, quinoa, or a light soup. If you’re planning to serve this salad for a larger gathering, consider offering it as part of a buffet-style spread alongside other Asian-inspired dishes.
Store leftover salad in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Keep the dressing and crunchy toppings separate to maintain the salad’s freshness and texture. When you’re ready to enjoy the leftovers, simply toss the salad with the dressing and add the toppings just before serving.
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Chinese Chicken Salad
- 4 cups thinly sliced Napa or green cabbage
- 2 cups thinly sliced red cabbage
- 1 cup shredded or matchstick carrots
- 2 cups precooked and shredded or cubed chicken
- 1/2 cup sliced green onions
- 1/4 cup toasted sliced almonds
- 1 cup drained mandarin oranges in water
- 1/4 cup cilantro
- 3/4 cup won ton strips or chow mein noodles
- 2 tablespoons sesame seeds
- 1/4 cup soy sauce
- 1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
- 2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
- 2 cloves crushed garlic
- 2 teaspoons freshly minced ginger
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1 teaspoon pepper
- Prepare the dressing by combining soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, toasted sesame oil, crushed garlic, minced ginger, sugar, and pepper in a small bowl. Whisk until well combined.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine thinly sliced Napa cabbage, shredded carrots, sliced green onions, and cooked chicken.
- Add drained mandarin oranges and cilantro to the bowl and toss all the ingredients together.
- Drizzle the dressing over the salad and toss everything together until the dressing is evenly distributed.
- Top the salad with won ton strips or chow mein noodles and sesame seeds just before serving.