Asian Sesame Salad
Asian Sesame Salad with chicken, napa cabbage, green onions, cilantro, crunchy almonds, and delicious sesame salad dressing. It’s so fresh and flavorful!
Today I’m sharing this fresh and flavorful Asian sesame chicken salad with napa cabbage, carrots, cucumbers, cilantro, and crunchy almonds. It’s tossed in sesame salad dressing and finished off with more sesame seeds.
Enjoy it as a dinner salad or as a lighter salad served alongside a veggie soup, such as Thai Red Curry Noodle Soup.
The ingredients for this Asian chicken salad come in two parts – the salad and the sesame salad dressing.
FOR THE SALAD
- Napa cabbage
- Green onions
- Sliced almonds
- Sesame seeds
- Cooked grilled chicken, roasted chicken, or rotisserie chicken
FOR THE DRESSING
- Sesame oil
- Olive oil
- Apple cider vinegar
- Lime juice
How to Make Asian Sesame Salad
This sesame chicken salad comes together in just a few easy steps. Prepare all of the ingredients and get ready to assemble:
- Mix the dressing: In a small bowl, whisk together the sesame oil, olive oil, apple cider vinegar, honey, lime juice, garlic, and ginger. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Set aside.
- Assemble the salad: Toss all of the salad ingredients in a bowl with chicken or layer everything on a large rimmed platter.
- Toss with the dressing: Toss the salad with the dressing. Taste for salt and pepper, and enjoy immediately.
This is a great make-ahead salad that you can enjoy for several days as it stores really well in the fridge. Here’s how to prep it:
- Make the sesame salad dressing up to a week in advance and keep stored in an airtight container.
- Toss together the napa cabbage, carrots, cucumbers, green onions, and cilantro. Keep stored in an airtight container for up to 4 days.
- Store the cooked chicken in a sealed container for 3-4 days.
- Right before serving, toss together the prepared vegetables, chicken, sliced almonds, and sesame seeds with the dressing. Enjoy immediately.
More Asian Inspired Salads
Love loaded salads? Try our Thai Chicken Salad or any of these salads:
- Chili Garlic Rice Noodle Salad
- Crunchy Asian Chopped Salad
- Kale Salad with Peanut-Chili Vinaigrette
- Mandarin-Peanut Crunch Salad
Asian Sesame Salad Recipe
- Prep Time: 25 mins
- Total Time: 25 mins
- Yield: 4 1x
- Category: Salad
- Method: Chopped
- Cuisine: Asian
Sesame chicken salad with napa cabbage, green onions, cilantro, crunchy almonds, and delicious sesame dressing. It’s so fresh and flavorful!
- 2 Tbsp. toasted sesame oil
- 3 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
- 2 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar
- 2 Tbsp. honey
- 2 tsp. fresh lime juice
- 1 garlic, minced
- 1/2 tsp. freshly grated ginger
- Kosher salt and fresh black pepper
- 1 lb. napa cabbage, thinly sliced
- 2 medium carrots, peeled and cut into ribbons using a vegetable peeler
- 2 small cucumbers or 1/2 English cucumber, thinly sliced
- 3 green onions, sliced on sharp diagonal
- 1 cup chopped cilantro
- 1/2 cup toasted sliced almonds
- 2 tsp. toasted sesame seeds
- 12 oz. cooked grilled chicken, roasted chicken, or rotisserie chicken, thinly sliced
- For the dressing: In a small bowl, whisk together the ingredients for the salad dressing. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
- Assemble the salad: In a large bowl, combine all the ingredients for the salad. Pour the dressing over the salad and toss to combine. Taste for salt and pepper. Serve immediately.
- Dressing: Don’t be alarmed if the salad dressing tastes very strong. It is very flavorful on its own but when tossed with the salad the flavors even out.
- Make-Ahead: This is a great make-ahead salad. It lasts in the fridge for up to 4 days. See post for make-ahead instructions.
- Servings: This salad makes 4 generous portions to serve for dinner or as a big lunch salad. You can break up the salad into smaller portions to serve alongside a soup or even a vegetarian main dish.
- Serving Size:
- Calories: 504
- Sugar: 15.7 g
- Sodium: 110.1 mg
- Fat: 34.4 g
- Carbohydrates: 25.3 g
- Protein: 27.4 g
- Cholesterol: 63.8 mg
Keywords: dinner salad, chopped salad, make ahead salad
Wow! I loved the salad recipe! i will try it
I am a big fan of this type of salads
Looks absolutely divine!
My gosh, I used to chow down on some serious Panda Express takeout and it make me feel soooo un-yummy, so I finally stopped after having belly ache after belly ache. I love making lightened up versions of Chinese takeout, and this salad looks absolutely amazing. So full of flavor, and so healthful!
Julia I think we all used to chow down on some serious Chinese one point in time 🙂 Agree. Lightened up versions are so much better and homemade!
Katya this looks so great! I usually prefer homemade Asian food too. Not quite so gut exploding, haha. I’m really craving a crunchy salad now!
I completely agree Karen! Homemade is the way to go.
I think most people don’t realize that that kind of food isn’t inherently bad for you and can be SO GOOD FOR YOU when you make it at home! Love this Asian flavor-infused salad!
I agree Joanne. Homemade is always so much better. It took me a while to realize for myself even. Have a great day!