You guys, sometimes I just get a craving for scrumptious, sweet and salty Asian food and this Chinese chicken salad is the answer to that call!
This is one of those amazing low carb recipes that’s perfect for curling up on the couch and binge watching your favorite show…
I know, I know – low carb salads and guilty pleasures don’t normally go together, but this is one of those go-to healthy recipes that I literally build my week around.
So, file this is in at the front of your salad recipes, you’re about to meet your new favorite dish. Let’s start!
This chinese chicken salad is practically perfect in every way!
- It’s super fast – combine ingredients, toss, and go! Perfect for having guests over.
- You have most of these ingredients on hand, and the fresh ones last a good while in the fridge.
- It satisfies that crunch factor we crave!
This healthy chicken salad is amazing to eat anytime (especially for healthy lunch ideas!)! Plus, you can meal prep to make it in a flash!
Chicken – did you know there are some astoundingly fast and easy ways to shred chicken? My favorite is to use a hand blender. No more hand cramps for me!
Cilantro – Store cilantro in the fridge upright in a container of water with a bag over it. This will keep it fresh for a whileee!
Rice vinegar – when buying rice vinegar, make sure to get ORIGINAL and not seasoned. The seasoned kind has at least 5g of carbs per tablespoon, compared to the originals ZERO grams. Don’t waste carbs on vinegar!
Soy sauce – swap for coconut aminos if you’re paleo or avoiding soy products.
Tools to Make
No special tools needed for this dish. This chinese chicken salad is simple and delicious!
I store this chinese chicken salad in an airtight container in the fridge with the dressing on the side. That keeps it from getting soggy.
Can You Freeze This?
While I woudn’t freeze this chinese chicken salad all together, you could definitely make and shred the chicken ahead of time and freeze it in small portions. That would make throwing it together a breeze!
Low Carb Lunch Meal Prepping Tips
One of the great benefits of this salad is that its veggies are hardy and can be prepped ahead of time. SCORE!
Feel free to shred and chop those vegetables and even pre-mix them so all you have to do is defrost a little of that shredded chicken, add some dressing and, bam, low carb lunch ideas for the week!
Looking for some ways to customize this chinese chicken salad? Check out these fun alternatives!
What are other ways to serve this Healthy Chinese Chicken Salad?
This salad, with its tasty and sturdy ingredients, is the perfect candidate for a mason jar salad! Add some dressing to the bottom, then chicken, veggies and toppings. When you’re ready to eat, shake and chow down!
How Can I Make This Healthier?
With its colorful veggies, lean protein and homemade dressing, this chinese chicken salad is scoring pretty high on the healthy scale. But if you’re looking to swap out the fats in this dressing for something with a bit more antioxidents, try this lucious avocado chicken salad, or this mouthwatering, greens-packed pesto chicken salad.
What Low Carb Greens can I add?
Chicken goes well with SO many vegetables, and there are a lot of low carb chicken recipes that pair them up to highlight how they complement one another.
Try this tarragon chicken salad for a sweet and savory dish, the tarragon adds an amazing flavor that is so unique and unexpected!
Other Delicious Chicken Salad Mix Ins
This chinese chicken salad is rounded out with almonds and fried noodles (if you’d like…), but there are a lot of creative and healthy ways to dress up chicken salad. Try this cranberry chicken salad that’s tangy in all the right ways.
Or, try a chicken salad with grapes, the contrast of flavors and textures is exciting and fun to eat! I mean, that’s a goal, right?
What other Savory Low Carb Chicken Salad dressing Can I Try?
Dressings are such a fun accessory to dress up any low carb chicken salad, but they often slant to the sweet side. Savory dressings provide such a great balance to different kinds of dishes, like a spicy thai chicken salad or warming curry chicken salad.
Chinese Chicken Salad
- 3 Cups Lettuce finely shredded (I use Romain, cabbage is more traditional)
- 2 Cups Red Cabbage finely shredded
- 1 Cup Carrot shredded
- 1/2 Cup Green Onions chopped
- 1/2 Cup Cilantro chopped
- 2 Cups Chicken shredded
- Sesame Seeds
- 1 Cup Almonds* slivers. (Can sub for crispy noodles or ramen if you aren't watching your carbs)
- Cilantro chopped
- Add all dressing ingredients to a salad shaker or small bowl, shake/mix and set aside.
- Add the salad ingredients to a large bowl and toss to combine.
- Pour dressing over salad and toss.
- Top with cilantro, almonds and sesame seeds and enjoy!
Want even more healthy chicken recipes? Try these incredible variations and take advantage of the flexibility of the always reliable, but never boring, chicken and veggie combo!
- Southwest Chicken Salad
- Canned Chicken Salad
- Mexican Chicken Salad
- Chicken Caesar Salad
- Bbq Chicken Salad
With its sweet and salty dressing, crunchy cabbage and almonds and juicy chicken, this chinese chicken salad is destined to be anyones favorite. Comment below what your take is on this combo!