Crunchy Chinese Chicken Salad

To enjoy salad it is important to keep it interesting and shake things up!  This salad recipe was given to me by a friend and Holistic Nutritionist Kathy Wilkes who got me started on my health and wellness journey and it is one of my favourite salads ever!

What I love about it is the crunch you get from red cabbage.  I am not a huge fan of cabbage usually but in this recipe it adds just the right amount of crunch and colour to make this salad more interesting to munch on.

Red Cabbage

I like to make this big colourful salad as part of my meal prep for the week as it keeps very well in the fridge for up to 5 days but only if you don’t add the dressing.   The instructions make for a large enough salad to bring to picnics and potlucks and every time I bring it somewhere it is a crowd favourite with people always asking me for the recipe.  You just simply can’t go wrong with this crowd pleaser!


The bright colours of the red peppers, carrots, green onions, red cabbage and bright green romaine make for a rainbow of goodness.  Add the roasted peanuts (optional) and spicy sesame dressing and again the perfect salad!  That is if you like spicy as much as I do.   The recipe for the dressing makes enough for two of these salads and you can add no chili peppers or more chili peppers depending on who you like your heat level.  Be warned though that when this dressing sits those chilis really come to life and light a fire so be careful not to add too much.  The sweetness of the mandarin oranges helps to take the edge off the heat and provide a nice contrast of flavour.

Chicken Salad

Chinese Chicken Salad
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • 1 1/2 head romaine lettuce shredded very thin with a sharp knife
  • 1/2 head purple cabbage shredded very thin with a sharp knife
  • 1 bunch green onions chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper sliced very thin
  • 1 bunch of fresh cilantro chopped
  • 1/4 cup handful of roasted peanuts chopped (optional)
  • Small can of mandarin oranges drained
  • 3 Chicken breasts
  • 1/3 cup of toasted sesame seeds
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • ¼ cup balsamic vinegar
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • 2 tbs sesame oil
  • Hot chili pepper flakes to taste
  • 1 tbsp raw honey
  • Sea salt & pepper to taste
  1. Lightly toast and chop the roasted peanuts in sesame seeds in the oven or in a frying pan on low
  2. Add chopped and sliced veggies to a large bowl
  3. Add well drained manadarin oranges and roasted peanuts
  4. Shred chicken with a fork or cut thin with a knife and add to salad
  5. Toss salad to mix
  6. Dressing:
  7. Add liquid ingredients to small bowl or dressing bottle and mix well
  8. Add Dressing to salad just before you are about to serve and mix well

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