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Asian Chicken Chopped Salad

Prep Time: 20 minutes
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Asian Chicken Chopped Salad

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This Asian Chicken Chopped Salad is made with two types of cabbages, crisp veggies, and shredded chicken tossed in a sesame ginger dressing. It’s a light and refreshing salad that comes together in no time at all!

I love a salad with lots of flavor and texture and this Asian Chicken Chopped Salad definitely delivers! This recipe is perfect for a quick lunch and great for weekly meal prep.

Asian Chopped Chicken Salad

This recipe is everything you love about a chopped salad (crunch! texture! variety!), with a fresh and clean Asian-inspired flair. I love a salad, but only if it’s got a lot going on flavor and texture wise and this recipe is perfect!

I don’t know about you, but I live for recipes where I don’t have to touch the oven. This Asian Chopped Chicken Salad is equal parts hearty and full of flavor, while still feeling light and fresh.

If you think that a salad for dinner won’t be filling or satisfying enough, I urge you to give this recipe a try! Load the salad up with as many toppings as you want. The combination of bold flavors and texture really leaves you feeling sated. Romaine combined with the two types of cabbage makes this salad incredibly filling.

The sesame ginger dressing is my favorite dressing recipe to keep on hand! It’s the perfect blend of olive oil, soy sauce, honey, ginger, garlic, lime, and sesame and is perfect on so many salads. If you are a true salad lover, try my Italian Chopped Salad or my Loaded Wedge Salad!

Asian Chopped Chicken Salad

Why You’ll Love this Recipe

Easy – This Asian Chopped Chicken Salad is so easy to throw together any night of the week! While it requires a bit of chopping, this salad can easily be made in advance and only takes about 20 minutes to throw together.

Great for Entertaining – This is a truly impressive and flavorful salad! It’s the first recipe I pull out when company comes to call. It’s chock full of flavor and textures and feels restaurant-quality while being really simple to throw together.

Customizable – This salad is so easy to adapt to your tastes. You only need a handful of ingredients and can make substitutions for most ingredients. There are so many toppings options and you can pick and choose your favorites.

Asian Chopped Chicken Salad

How to Make Asian Chopped Chicken Salad

You can whisk the dressing by hand, but I recommend an immersion blender for ease!

Tools Needed

Ingredients and Substitutions

  • Romaine. Romaine is a great base lettuce with tons of crunch.
  • Cabbage. This recipe calls for both napa cabbage and classic green or red cabbage for texture.
  • Shredded carrots. You can use store bought pre-shredded carrots or shred your own.
  • Cucumber. Baby or Persian cucumbers are best here! You could also use an English hothouse cucumber.
  • Green Onion. Green onion adds the perfect bit of onion flavor without being overwhelming.
  • Cilantro. Fresh chopped cilantro adds tons of fresh flavor. If you’re cilantro averse, you could omit it completely.
  • Chicken. I love using cooked, shredded rotisserie chicken in this salad for ease. Any cooked chicken will work! My grilled lemongrass chicken would also be great here.
  • Dressing. My homemade sesame-ginger dressing calls for soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, honey, garlic, ginger, toasted sesame oil, and neutral oil. This dressing is so perfect for an Asian Chopped Chicken Salad!
  • Toppings. For extra crunch, I finish the salad with wonton strips, crispy sesame sticks, and chopped peanuts.

The Process

  1. Make the dressing. Combine all the dressing ingredients in a mason jar, cover, and shake really well until the dressing is emulsified. I like to use an immersion blender here, but a mason jar is the easiest way to mix the dressing and also store it.
  2. Chop your veggies and greens. Chop all your veggies up! Shred the romaine and cabbages into bite sized pieces. Then, chop the cucumber, shred the carrots, slice the green onions, and get the toppings together.
  3. Put everything together. Assemble! Mix your greens with chopped veggies, shredded chicken, and other ingredients and then toss with dressing.

Easy Sesame-Ginger Dressing for Asian Chopped Chicken Salad

This dressing is so delicious and is packed with flavor! It’s so easy to make and store.

I like making the dressing in a mason jar because you can mix and store it in the same vessel. The dressing is a simple mix of neutral oil, sesame oil, ginger, garlic, soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, honey, and lime. So simple, but so, so good.

You can make the dressing ahead of time and keep it in the fridge for up to 2 weeks! And you’ll find so many ways to use it, but this Asian Chopped Chicken Salad is a great place to start!

What to Serve with Asian Chopped Chicken Salad

This Asian Chopped Chicken Salad is such a versatile side dish! This is a dish you can enjoy all year long.

It’s perfect for a quick lunch and meal prep, but it can also start off a dinner party as a great first course! Some of my favorite recipes to enjoy with it:

Storage Instructions

To store Asian Chopped Chicken Salad: Once assembled and dressed, this Asian Chopped Chicken Salad is best eaten within a few hours of serving. However, the deconstructed elements of this salad may be stored separately in airtight containers for 4-6 days in the fridge.

Meal prep tips: If you’re making this recipe for meal prep, I recommend that you store the ingredients in divided meal prep containers and assemble/toss with dressing right before eating.


If you need a tasty, cool, and crunchy salad recipe, give this Asian Chopped Chicken Salad recipe a try! If you do give it a try, be sure to let me know! Leave a comment with a star rating below. Be sure to subscribe to my weekly newsletter and never miss a new recipe! You can also snap a photo & tag @JENNYGOYCOCHEA on Instagram. I LOVE hearing about & seeing your SMF creations!

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Asian Chopped Chicken Salad
Appetizers, Main Dishes, Salads

Asian Chopped Chicken Salad

This Asian Chicken Chopped Salad is made with two types of cabbages, crisp veggies, and shredded chicken tossed in a sesame ginger dressing. It's a light and refreshing salad that comes together in no time at all!
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Makes: 4 – 6 servings

Ingredients

Salad

  • 3 cups shredded romaine lettuce
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded green and purple cabbage
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded napa cabbage
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • 3 baby cucumbers, chopped
  • 1 bunch green onions, thinly sliced (green and light green parts only)
  • 2/3 cup chopped cilantro
  • 2 1/2 cups shredded rotisserie chicken
  • 1/2 cup chopped toasted peanuts
  • 1 cup crispy wonton strips
  • 3/4 cup sesame sticks

Sesame-Ginger Dressing

  • 1/3 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup seasoned rice wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon tahini or Chinese sesame paste
  • 1 garlic clove, chopped
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons freshly grated ginger
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1/2 cup neutral oil

Instructions

  • Make the dressing. Combine all the dressing ingredients in a mason jar, cover, and shake really well until the dressing is emulsified. I like to use an immersion blender here, but a mason jar is the easiest way to mix the dressing and also store it.
  • Chop your veggies and greens. Chop all your veggies up! Shred the romaine and cabbages into bite sized pieces. Then, chop the cucumber, shred the carrots, slice the green onions, and get the toppings together.
  • Assemble. Assemble! Mix your greens with chopped veggies, shredded chicken, and other ingredients and then toss with dressing.

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