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sesame chicken salad

Sesame Chicken Salad

  • Author: Katya
  • 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


  1. For the dressing: In a small bowl, whisk together the ingredients for the salad dressing. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. 
  2. 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 do even out.  
  • Make-Ahead: This is a great make-ahead salad. It lasts in the fridge for up to 4 days. See the post for make-ahead instructions.
  • Servings: This salad makes 4 generous portions to serve for dinner or as a big lunch salad. Or you can break up the salad into smaller portions to serve alongside a soup or even a vegetarian main dish.

Keywords: dinner salad, chopped salad, make ahead salad