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Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

Healthy Paleo Chinese Chicken Salad via Linda Wagner

I’m really excited about this Paleo Chinese Chicken Salad recipe. It’s very easy to make, super healthy, and tastes AMAZING. I’m totally in love with the dressing and can’t wait to use it again as a marinade, dip for spring rolls, and salad dressing! It’s definitely going to be one of my new go-to recipes!

I have been getting a lot of inquires lately about summer weight loss and the best ways to tone up for summer. My #1 piece of advice is to cut out inflammatory foods. Carbohydrates are one of the most inflammatory foods so eliminating them will help to immediately shed water weight, improve skin and digestion, and allow your natural muscle tone to show through! I know most people feel like cutting carbs will be too restrictive but the key is having delicious low carb foods like this salad!! It’s is absolutely bursting with flavor, I promise you won’t miss your carbs at all!!

Healthy Paleo Chinese Chicken Salad via Linda Wagner

I also love that this recipe tastes as good (or better!!) as any Chinese Chicken Salad you could get at a restaurant but it’s actually good for you! It’s

  • gluten free
  • dairy free
  • low sugar
  • low carb
  • low cal
  • low fat
  • paleo

That means almost anyone can enjoy it, no matter their dietary restrictions!

Healthy Paleo Chinese Chicken Salad via Linda Wagner

This isn’t quite a 5 Min Meal but it’s pretty darn close!! I got an all-natural rotisserie chicken from my local health food store and shredded carrots to make my meal prep easier. You could also get pre shredded Napa Cabbage if you have it in your area.

After chopping the veggies and mixing the dressing, I just dumped everything into a plastic bag and gave it a good shake. That’s it! No cooking necessary! I love anything that allows me NOT to cook in the summer time. With temps in the mid 90′s already, the last thing I want to do is turn on the stove!! However, if you do wish to cook your own chicken and have an outdoor grill, you can use half of the dressing as a marinade and cook your chicken outside on the grill.

Healthy Paleo Chinese Chicken Salad via Linda Wagner

Paleo Chinese Chicken Salad

Adapted from this fabulous recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups shredded carrots
  • 1 head of a large Napa Cabbage, chopped into very thin strips
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro
  • 2 Tbs black sesame seeds
  • 2 Tbs white sesame seeds
  • 1/2 cup cashews (optional)
  • 1 rotisserie chicken, torn into shreds
  • 1/4 cup Tamari (tamari is a gluten free soy sauce) or regular soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup white wine vinegar
  • 3 Tbs finely minced ginger (I peeled fresh ginger and used this hand held food processor to mince – You can also do it by hand but I find this process much faster and easier!)
  • 3 Tbs olive oil
  • 2 Tbs Hoisin sauce (I like this brand best, you can usually find it in the Asian section at your grocery store)
  • 1 Tbs Toasted Sesame Oil 
  • 1 tsp Spicy Chili Oil (optional but I had it on hand and knew it would make a great addition!)
  • 1 tsp Sriracha or more if you like it spicy!
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 5 chopped green onions, green and white parts

For the dressing:

In a small mason jar with lid add tamari, vinegar, minced ginger, olive oil, hoisin sauce, toasted sesame oil, chili oil, sriracha, sea salt and chopped green onions. Secure the lid and shake vigorously. Set aside.

Next, put chopped cabbage, shredded carrots, cilantro, sesame seeds, cashews, shredded chicken, and enough dressing to coat (around half) into a large plastic bag, seal, and shake vigorously until well incorporated. Adjust amount of dressing as needed.

Pour into bowls or onto plates and enjoy!! Serves 4.

Healthy Paleo Chinese Chicken Salad via Linda Wagner

If you’re getting bored of the same old salads over and over, this one is sure to spice things up! It’s so easy to throw together on a busy weeknight and you can feel great about eating it since it’s dairy free, gluten free, low carb, well combined, and paleo friendly. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did! Here are some other fast & healthy meal ideas and more here and here! Enjoy!!

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5.0 from 4 reviews
Paleo Chinese Chicken Salad
 
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Recipe type: salad, entree
Cuisine: Asian
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 2 bags shredded carrots
  • 1 entire head of a large Napa Cabbage, chopped into thin strips
  • ½ cup chopped cilantro
  • 2 Tbs black sesame seeds
  • 2 Tbs white sesame seeds
  • ½ cup cashews (optional)
  • 1 rotisserie chicken, torn into shreds
  • ¼ cup Tamari (tamari is a gluten free soy sauce) or regular soy sauce
  • ¼ cup white wine vinegar
  • 3 Tbs finely minced ginger (I peeled fresh ginger and used this hand held food processor to mince - You can also do it by hand but I find this process much faster and easier!)
  • 3 Tbs olive oil
  • 2 Tbs hoisin sauce (I like this brand best, you can usually find it in the Asian section at your grocery store)
  • 1 Tbs Toasted Sesame Oil
  • 1 tsp Spicy Chili Oil (optional but I had it on hand and knew it would make a great addition!)
  • 1 tsp Sriracha or more if you like it spicy!
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • 5 chopped green onions, green and white parts
Instructions
  1. For the dressing: In a small mason jar with lid, add tamari, vinegar, minced ginger, olive oil, hoisin sauce, toasted sesame oil, chili oil, siracha, sea salt and chopped green onions. Secure the lid on top and shake vigorously. Set aside.
  2. Next, put chopped cabbage, shredded carrots, cilantro, sesame seeds, cashews, shredded chicken, and enough dressing to coat into a large plastic bag and shake vigorously until well incorporated. Adjust amount of dressing as needed.
  3. Pour into bowls or onto plates and enjoy!!

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16 Responses to “Paleo Chinese Chicken Salad”

  1. Concerned paleo guy June 4, 2014 at 4:47 am #

    Sorry to point this out because your recipe sound delicious and is probably quite healthy but Hoisin sauce contains sugar and wheat.

  2. Sue June 4, 2014 at 5:14 pm #

    Hi Linda,

    Your hoisin sauce choice brand lists wheat flour in the ingredients …. is there another gluten free option youd recommend?

    Thanks

  3. Penny June 5, 2014 at 8:01 pm #

    This looks do yummy, I’m heading to the store now for ingredients!

  4. dina June 6, 2014 at 4:04 pm #

    it looks delicious!
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  5. Jamie June 10, 2014 at 2:01 pm #

    Salads are usually kinda boring, but this one looks so good! Definitely going to try it!
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  6. Rebecca July 16, 2014 at 11:56 pm #

    My friend made this for us for lunch today and it is amazing!!! I told her I had to have the recipe and am already planning when I will make it at home. If you are thinking about making this recipe DO IT!!! SO GOOD!!

  7. Nancy September 13, 2014 at 9:52 pm #

    A-MAZING!!!

  8. Nancy September 13, 2014 at 9:55 pm #

    I forgot to add this…. I used coconut aminos instead of soy sauce (allergy to soy) and honey instead of hoisin sauce. Added a little lemon grass and garlic! Delish!!!

  9. Phoenix September 29, 2014 at 11:24 pm #

    Hi. Is this served on lettuce or just the ingredients listed? The beautiful picture appears to have some salad greens in it, but it might just be the cabbage? Love this idea. Thanks!

    • Linda October 2, 2014 at 1:11 am #

      This is just the cabbage but you can add lettuce if you like!

      • Phoenix October 10, 2014 at 11:16 pm #

        I ordered a head of napa cabbage but it’s white-ish/yellow and not as attractive as yours. :( Is it supposed to be green? Maybe I got a weird one? LOL.

        • Greg b. October 14, 2014 at 8:38 pm #

          Yes and no. I like to purchase one that has a lot of dark green leaves. But even then, once you go further into the head they tend to gradually more yellow. You kind of have to look around for the best ones. I try and buy 2 smaller heads to get the most of the darker leaves. Different stores have different quality Napa cabbage. Either way, it won’t affect the flavor of the salad. I also use a lot of cilantro because I love the taste. Dark green scallions also will add a lot of darker green color. Hope this helps you!

  10. Kerry October 23, 2014 at 8:56 pm #

    This looks great. Several ingredients aren’t Paleo though. I’m sure I could omit or substitute for them though.

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