Paleo Chinese Chicken Salad

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!

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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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Paleo Chinese Chicken Salad
Recipe Type: salad, entree
Cuisine: Asian
Author: Linda Wagner
Prep time:
Total time:
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 2 bags shredded carrots
  • 1 entire head of a large Napa Cabbage, chopped into 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
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!!

27 Replies to “Paleo Chinese Chicken Salad”

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

  2. Hi Linda,

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

    Thanks

  3. 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!!

  4. 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!!!

  5. 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!

      1. 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.

        1. 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!

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

  7. Paleo doesn’t allow soy either, so tamari won’t work but coconut aminos is a great substitute and tastier than tamari in my opinion. I can’t do the hoisin either on paleo but I think the coconut aminos and vinegar will work beautifully. Can’t wait to try this! Looking forward to it

  8. Hello Linda,
    This salad is absolutely delicious – ridiculous good! Would you be able to tell me the amount of carbs in a tablespoon of dressing? So yummy – thank you!
    Amy

  9. I have made this time and time again with some modifications. I use coconut aminos instead of soy sauce. I add purple cabbage to add color.

    I leave out the siracha and chili sauce so the kids will eat it.

    I just made this for fourth of july bbq and omitted the chicken and used it as a side dish and I got so many compliments on it.

  10. Hi Linda, I found this on Pinterest and now have made this about 6 times in the past month. My husband and I LOVE IT thank you so much!

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