Fresh and crunchy Thai Chicken Salad filled with cabbage, bell peppers, carrots and cilantro all tossed together with a delicious ginger-sesame vinaigrette!
Let me just say this recipe proves that salads do NOT have to be boring! Bright, colorful and with so much flavor, this Crunchy Thai Chicken Salad is hands down a favorite of mine and one I love to make time and time again. Not only is it delicious, but it makes such a great side dish to any Asian meal OR tastes incredible all on its own! The ginger-sesame vinaigrette is to DIE for which is one of my go-to dressings you’ve probably already seen in several of my dishes such as this Asian Shrimp Salad and my Asian Chicken Salad. I love this recipe in particular because of the combination of flavors and, of course, the delicious crunch!
INGREDIENTS YOU’LL NEED:
- Shredded chicken – I love making this with rotisserie chicken because it’s quick, easy and SO flavorful! You can also make your own chicken or even substitute the chicken with shrimp. Pro tip: use your crock pot or Instant Pot to make the most flavorful, fall-apart shredded chicken! Simply throw your chicken into the pot, add 1/2 cup chicken broth and turn it on!
- Chopped cabbage – I like to use napa cabbage, but you could use regular cabbage, chopped romaine, or iceberg lettuce
- Grated or matchstick carrots – to make things easier I usually just buy store-bought matchstick carrots, but feel free to grate your own carrots if you have some on hand
- Bell pepper slices – I like to use red for the color, but feel free to use any color you’d like
- Cilantro and green onions
- Crunchy wonton strips – I get a bag of these at Target or you can make your own by baking strips of wonton wrappers in the oven. You can also substitute wonton strips with some chopped peanuts or cashews so you can still enjoy that good crunch!
- Ginger-sesame dressing (see the delicious recipe below!)
You can also add some heat to this dish by throwing in some diced red chilies or even some spicy Sriracha in with the dressing!
This really is such a simple salad to throw together, but tastes like you put a ton of work into it….which is definitely my kind of meal. Feel free to also add extra veggies and herbs if you have some on hand like slices of cucumber, shredded zucchini or even asparagus. The best salads are the ones you make to YOUR liking so have fun with this recipe!
You can easily make this ahead of time to by tossing together the salad and storing the dressing in a separate container. I also like to shred my chicken ahead of time and store it in the fridge. When ready to serve, just drizzle the dressing on top and toss the salad together. OR if you’re prepping this salad for your lunches for the week, keep the dressing in a separate container and use right before eating so the salad stays fresh and crisp!
MORE SALADS YOU’LL LOVE:
- Roasted Sweet Potato, Quinoa and Kale Salad
- Asian Chicken Salad
- Strawberry Spinach Salad with Poppyseed Dressing
- Roasted Chickpea Kale Salad with Tahini Dressing
- My FAVORITE Detox Salad
Hope you all enjoy this CRUNCHY Thai Chicken Salad as much as we did and if you do decide to make this or any other Eat Yourself Skinny recipe, please make sure to tag me on Instagram so I can see all the yummy things you’re eating!
- 4 cups shredded napa cabbage
- 3 cups cooked shredded chicken, I used rotisserie
- 2 cups grated or matchstick carrots
- 1 red bell pepper, julienned
- 1 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
- ½ cup green onions, chopped
- ½ cup wonton crisps (or you could use chopped peanuts)
- 3 Tbsp rice vinegar
- 2 Tbsp reduced sodium soy sauce
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 Tbsp honey
- 1 Tbsp fresh ginger, peeled and minced
- 2 tsp toasted sesame oil
- 3 Tbsp olive oil
- To make the dressing, combine all ingredients in a small jar with a sealed lid and shake well until combined. I also use this jar to store any extra dressing to use for the week.
- To make the salad, combine all the ingredients in a large bowl and toss to combine.
- Drizzle salad with ginger-sesame dressing and mix until fully coated. Garnish with wonton crisps (or chopped peanuts), serve and enjoy!