Asian Chicken Salad … A Main Dish Worthy Summer Salad

Today I’m joining my blogging pals to share our favorite main dish salads.

For summer!

Asian Chicken Salad in bowl

Photography by Monica Vargas Photos

Thanks, Annie, Cindy and Mary Ann for including me.

Sheri and Kim are joining too!

You’ll find everyone’s links at the end of this post.

My favorite main dish worthy salad is Asian Chicken Salad.

Fresh, bright, crunchy and filling.

I’ve never met one I didn’t love.

Summer Salad Pinterest Pin

Back in my commute-to-the-city days, I made a monthly Costco run.

And always brought home Asian chicken salad meal kits.

I wonder if they still have them?

I’d supplement the kit with veggies and always replaced the chicken packet.

With a rotissiere chicken from the grocery store.

It made the best meal on nights I worked late.

Most nights.

Now that my life is more leisurely I’ve created my own version.

Based on a recipe from Yumna Jawad.

And I’m thrilled to share it with you.


  • This salad includes peanuts and a peanut-based dressing. If you don’t like or are allergic to peanuts, this is a good alternative dressing.
  • The dressing ingredients can be found on my Asian Chicken Salad idea list on Amazon.
  • The full, printable recipe is at the very end of this post.

Cutting board with chopped veggies

The Dressing …

Make the dressing ahead if you can.

The night before or morning of.

These are the ingredients:

  • ¼ cup Rice Vinegar
  • ¼ cup Soy Sauce (I use low sodium and add a pinch of salt later, if needed)
  • 3 Tbsp Creamy Peanut Butter
  • 1 Tbsp Toasted Sesame Seed Oil (be sure it’s toasted!)
  • 1 Garlic Clove
  • 1 quarter size, peeled slice of Fresh Ginger

Asian Chicken Salad Dressing Ingredients

Toss all ingredients into a mini-prep processor and viola!

And refrigerate overnight or for a few hours.

Bring to room temperature an hour or so before dressing the salad.

Asian Chicken Salad Dressing



For the Salad…

Use any greens you enjoy or have on hand.

I like a combination of romaine, Napa cabbage and purple cabbage.

Sliced thinly into ribbons.

These are the ingredients:

  • 4 cups Napa Cabbage
  • 2 cups Romaine Lettuce
  • 1 cup Purple Cabbage
  • 2 cups Shredded Rotisserie Chicken
  • 1 Red Pepper cut into match sticks
  • 1 cup Grated (or match stick) Carrots (use packaged, pre-grated to save time)
  • 2-4 Green Onions, the top, green, parts sliced on diagonal
  • ½ cup Chopped Cilantro
  • 1/2 cup Chopped Peanuts
  • Crunchy Chow Mein Noodles for serving

Prep all the veggies.

To make things easy I use pre-packaged, grated carrots.

Board of cut veggies

And a rotisserie chicken.

Bowl of shred chicken and board of cut vegetables

Build your salad.


Combine well.

Asian Chicken Salad tossing in bowl

Add dressing.

Adding dressing to bowl of Asian chicken salad



Plate and serve.

Top each plate with crunchy chow mein noodles.

I had a hard time finding them in my local markets.

Which took me by surprise.

If you have the same issue you can find them here and here.

Lunch is served!

Or dinner …

My pretty, woven votives holders are from Flaunt in Danville.



I recently became a brand ambassador for Hall Wines
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They’re known for the Cabernet Sauvginons.

But they make a lovely Sauvignon Blanc too.

Hall Wine Sauvignon Blanc

Sauvignon Blanc is dry, fruity and herbaceous and pairs well with Asian Chicken Salad.

While we’re on the topic of good pairings.

Tejava is (finally) back on grocery shelves.


Glass of ice tea with lemon and mint

So there you have it.

A main dish worthy Asian Chicken Salad.

The perfect summer meal.

Al fresco, of course!

Now let’s see what my friends are serving.


Main Dish Salad Collage




As always, I appreciate your visit and look forward to you thoughts in the comments below.

See you Saturday morning for Weekend Meanderings.

Woman serving salad

Until then, Cheers from Snowberry!


Here’s the recipe ~

Asian Chicken Salad

Asian Chicken Salad

Fresh and crunchy, this main dish salad is perfect for lunch or dinner.
5 from 6 votes
Course Main Course
Servings 4


  • Mini food processor or blender


  • 4 cups Napa cabbage, thinly sliced
  • 2 cups Romaine, thinly sliced
  • 1 1/2 cups Purple cabbage, thinly sliced
  • 2 cups Shredded chicken
  • 1 Red pepper cut into match sticks
  • 1 cup Carrots, grated or match sticked (1-2 carrots or packaged, pre-grated carrots),
  • 4 Green onions, green part sliced on diagonal
  • 1/2 cup Chopped cilantro
  • 1/2 cup Chopped peanuts
  • Crunchy chow mein noodles for serving
  • For Dressing:
  • 1/4 cup Rice vinegar
  • 1/4 cup Soy Sauce
  • 3 Tbsp Creamy peanut butter
  • 1 Tbsp Toasted sesame seed oil
  • 1 Garlic clove
  • 1 Slice Fresh ginger (a quarter size slice)


  • Combine lettuce and cabbages in large bowl. Add chicken, red pepper, carrots, green onions, cilantro and peanuts. Toss until well blended.
  • Using a mini food processor or small blender, combine the dressing ingredients and blend until smooth. Salt to taste. If you like a sweeter dressing , add a little honey.
  • Add dressing and toss to combine. Divide into 4 servings and top with crunchy chow mien noodles.
  • Note: If you can, prepare dressing the night before (or several hours before) so the flavors have time to blend.
Keyword Asian Chicken Salad Main Dish Meal

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  • 5 stars
    A crunchy salad and delicious wine… my mouth is watering. Looks amazing. Glad to know Tevaja is back…although I am in the land of excellent iced tea (in restaurants anyway). I just pinned your salad. And now I am starving.

  • Oh boy do I love me an asian salad. I need to up my game this one looks amazing. We eat salads probably three nights out of seven. I can’t wait to try this one! Beautiful post as well Juliet!

    • The weather is so beautiful here I think it’s definitely salad for dinner time. Happy to have six new amazing recipes! xo

  • 5 stars
    Ooh – LOVE a good Asian salad and this one looks so easy and delicious! That dressing looks divine!

  • 5 stars
    This looks amazing Juliet! I haven’t made one in so long, I’m definitely trying your recipe next time! That wine label too…perfect!

    • Thanks, Annie … I never met an Asian Chicken Salad I didn’t want to instantly devour! Cheers! xo

  • Juliet this looks so delicious. I needed a good green Asian salad, and love the fresh dressing ingredients too. This looks perfect for summertime and I am trying this one night this week! I agree the crunchy noodles are so good and hard to find! I love Tejava too.. Gotta get out there and grab some! I’m sharing this and love the recipe card thing. I have to figure that out. I struggled making my recipe more tight on the blog. Pinning this and saving to share. xoxo Kim

    • Oh, Kim … the blog recipe struggles. I could go on and on. Love your Asian Noodle Salad and it’s on my agenda for this week since I already have many of the ingredients. What’s with the scarcity of crunchy noodles? They used to be a grocery store staple … thank goodness for the internet! Have a beautiful day! xo

    • Thanks, Melody … I love this salad. Any Asian chicken salad, really. Just wish the warm weather would come back so I could enjoy it al fresco! Cheers! xo

  • Sounds like the perfect dinner for a busy night and looks so yummy! Can’t wait to try it! Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  • 5 stars
    Juliet, thanks for sharing! I used to have a Asian Salad at a local Dallas restaurant. I would purposely go there just for the salad, I was so disappointed when it was no longer offered. ( big mistake IMO) the only difference that I noticed was the addition of Mandarin oranges which added a little sweetness.
    I am also going to check Costco too ! You have me curious now!

    • Hi Marcia … I had a favorite restaurant for Asian chicken salad too. And then it was gone. Sigh. Yes, Mandarin oranges make a great addition. If you find the kit at Costco, let me know. It might be worth reupping my membership! xo

  • Juliet, this looks delicious! I have made something similar but not this. I hope that you had an amazing time with Elizabeth this week! Cannot wait to see what you and Kim are up too Saturday!

    • My two favorite Elizabeth’s in the same room. I’m eagerly anticipating that day! See you on Saturday! xo

  • 5 stars
    This is fantastic! Im going to try it this weekend. I’ll also check out the wine.

    Thanks for sharing!

    Xo Tonya

  • Hi Juliet,
    You are the “Queen of Salads,” I hear you loud and clear about loving a good yummy
    Asian Salad. I am a big fan of peanut butter, I think the dressing adds that special yummy touch don’t you?
    The table setting is beautifully done.
    On a side note I am so happy you have finally got sunshine. That lifts spirits in so many ways. JO Y JOY JOY comes to mind.

  • Hi, I’m Juliet … welcome to Make Mine a Spritzer where we talk about all things home décor, classic style and more! I’m so happy you’re here!

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