Chinese Chicken Salad
I have a small obsession with Asian flavors. I think it has something to do with the sweetness of a lot of the sauces, yet they are used to make savory dishes so you get that sweet and savory vibe. I LOVE a good Chinese buffet (cream cheese wontons are my weakness), and I love to try any kind of Asian salad when I see it on a menu. If you’re from around the Midwest you’ve maybe heard of the restaurant and brewery called Granite City Food and Brewery. They have a Chinese chicken salad that is delicious, and I’ve probably had it 20 times. This recipe is pretty darn close to it! I would say this is a cross between Applebee’s oriental salad and the CG Chinese chicken salad.
This is a healthy version of an oriental salad and full of great flavors and textures. I used rotisserie chicken in mine, but this would be great with grilled teriyaki marinated chicken breast, or even breaded chicken strips like they do at the bee’s! Also a great side dish option to bring to your potlucks! Don’t leave any ingredients out of this one, they all bring something great to the table. This is a must try, I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!
Chinese Chicken Salad
- 1 1/2 cups chopped chicken (about 2 breasts) cooked
- 3 cup romaine lettuce chopped
- 1/3 cup red cabbage chopped
- 1/3 cup green or napa cabbage chopped
- 1/3 cup carrots shredded
- 1/2 red bell pepper chopped
- 1/2 large peeled cucumber chopped
- 3 tbsp almonds sliced or chopped
- 2 scallions chopped
- wonton strips
- drizzle hoisin or teriyaki sauce
For the dressing
- 1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
- 3 tbsp honey
- 1 1/2 tbsp rice wine vinegar
- 1 tsp Dijon mustard
- 1/8 tsp sesame oil
- salt and pepper
Whisk the dressing ingredients together in a small bowl. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
Add all salad ingredients to a large bowl (except wonton strips and hoisin/teriyaki).
Add the dressing over the salad ingredients and toss until coated. Transfer to serving bowls or platter. Drizzle with hoisin or teriyaki sauce (don't skip this ingredient), and top with crispy wonton strips. YUM!
Every single ingredient in this recipe adds great flavor and texture so don't leave anything out! I often toss the chicken in some hoisin or teriyaki sauce.
The wonton strips at my local store are found in the produce area with some other salad toppings.
This made two large entree sized portions, but would feed more if serving at a potluck style meal. Easily could double the recipe to feed a crowd!