This is a big salad in more ways than one! The Chinese chicken salad recipe makes a substantial portion so feel free to whip it up for your next summer picnic, or prep it on a Sunday and enjoy the leftovers yourself all week long. The flavors here make a big impact too, with a nutty ginger dressing atop an herbaceous mix.

Chinese chicken salad recipe (serves 2-4)

The Chinese chicken salad recipe includes a handful of edamame beans (immature soybeans located inside of the pod), which in certain studies have been shown to help reduce muscle and joint pain when consumed on a regular basis. The beans are mixed with shredded vegetables and herbs including cilantro and mint leaves. Mint contains menthol; a compound that can prevent muscle spasms and subsequent pain.


For the dressing:

  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • ¼ cup unseasoned rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • ¼-inch piece of ginger, peeled and chopped
  • Pinch of salt

For the salad:

  • 2 cooked (grilled or roasted) chicken breasts, shredded
  • 4 cups shredded green cabbage
  • 1 cup shredded red cabbage
  • 1 small carrot, cut into thin strips
  • ¼ cup cooked edamame
  • ½ cup chopped cilantro leaves
  • 2 tablespoons chopped mint leaves
  • 4 scallions, thinly sliced
  • Wonton strips (optional)


  1. Place all of the dressing ingredients in a blender, and pulse until smooth. Set aside.
  2. Combine all of the salad ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Toss with the dressing. Top with wonton strips, if desired.

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