Thai Chicken Salad

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This crunchy and delicious Thai Chicken Salad is bursting with flavor that will satisfy your craving for a crisp Asian meal that’s sure make your day.

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Crispy and Delicious Thai Chicken Salad 

There is nothing better than a crispy and crunchy Thai Chicken Salad to satisfy the craving for a healty and delicious main course salad that will fuel your day without weighing you down. 

During hot days, a chilled salad is the perfect meal. Mix up your salad cuisine with this Asian-inspired twist.

The combination of a tangy ginger dressing, crisp cabbage, the brightness of red bell pepper, and delicious shredded chicken is the perfect way to make a salad. It’s so easy!

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How to Make Thai Chicken Salad

For this recipe you’ll need the following ingredients:

  • Cole Slaw Mix – Standard cole slaw mix is a great staple to keep in your kitchen. Generally it will be mostly cabbage based. Cabbage is a great part of a healty diet, and cole slaw mix keeps well!
  • Shredded chicken – You can buy chicken that’s already shredded, but also try my shredded chicken recipe. I make a big batch of shredded chicken when doing meal prep and then use it in a ton of different recipes. 
  • Chopped Red Bell Pepper – Red bell peppers not only add sweetness and brightness to a recipe, they are also packed with vitamins and minerals. I chop these bell peppers finely to allow them to distribute evenly throughout this salad.
  • Chopped Red Onion – Red onions are perfect to use in salads or in other recipes where uncooked onions are used. In addition to a pop of color, they add a sweeter and milder onion flavor to a dish.
  • Chopped Green Onions – Green onions, also known as scallions, are great to add to a variety of dishes. Unlike other onions, we use the greens of green onions in dishes rather than the bulbs.
  • Chopped cilantro (optional) – Cilantro is an herb that can add a lot of flavor to dishes. It seems though, that the people who love cilantro really love it, and those who do not like it really don’t. If you’re not a cilantro lover, consider squirting a bit of lime juice over the assembled salad to pump up the flavor.
  • Salt and pepper to taste – Although there will be some salt in the chicken (depending on your preparation) and in the dressing, sometimes a bit ans salt and pepper can take this recipe to the next level.
  • Ginger dressing – Most grocery stores have ginger dressings in their salad dressing aisles. Also check the refrigerated section (by the produce) because sometimes there are good options there as well! 

Once you’ve gathered all the ingredients, use the follow method to prepare:

  1. Either make chicken according to this recipe, or buy shredded chicken.
  2. Seed and chop the red bell pepper. Skin and chop the red onion. Chop the green onion into small pieces. Chop cilantro into thin ribbons.
  3. Add all ingredients to a large salad bowl. Drizzle with ginger dressing and toss.
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Tips and Tricks To Perfect Thai Chicken Salad & FAQs

Keep dressing separate until serving. If you’re making this to pack in lunches, combine all the ingredients in one container and bring the dressing in another. I prefer this salad if it’s dressed right before eating!

Add peanuts! Try adding a few chopped peanuts to this salad to add even more crunch and flavor! 

Only dress salad you will eat right away. Dress only a part of the salad at a time if you’re planning for leftovers, put the remaining salad in the fridge and dress it right before using it. Cabbage is a very forgiving green, so this salad will stay fresh and yummy for days! 

Make it a wrap! Check out our Easy Thai Chicken Salad Wrap here.

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FAQs  

How long can I store this recipe?

This recipe can last in the refrigerator for four days in an airtight container.

How long can this Thai Chicken Salad stay out of the fridge?

Because this salad contains chicken, it should be discarded if it’s at room temperature for more than two hours. That said, in the fridge these ingredients can last for up to three days.

Are there substitutions to make it healthier? 

If you’re looking for a place to cut calories in this salad, but retain all the goodness of the veggies and lean protein of the chicken, look to the dressing. I would suggest sprinkling this salad with a rice wine vinegar, some lime juice, and a little olive oil if you’re looking to cut calories or carbs. 

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What to Serve With Thai Chicken Salad

Thai chicken salad is a light, summery dish that is delicious alongside tons of main dishes – or with fruit recipes that won’t weigh you down.

We love serving this salad with a dragonfruit fruit salad, easy and summery Lemon Poppyseed Glazed Fruit Salad, or a Pimms Cup Cocktail!

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Thai Chicken Salad

This delicious Thai chicken salad is packed with crunchy noodles and fresh greens for a wonderful satisfying bite!
Course Chicken
Cuisine Thai
Keyword chicken, chicken salad, healthy recipes, low calorie, thai chicken, thai inspired recipes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6 people
Calories 210kcal
Author Courtney O’Dell
Cost $8

Ingredients

  • 1 pound coleslaw mix
  • 3 cups shredded cooked chicken
  • 1 red bell pepper chopped
  • 1 red onion chopped
  • ? cup green onions chopped
  • ¼ cup cilantro chopped
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • 1 pack ramen noodles crushed, seasoning discarded
  • 1 cup Ginger salad dressing of your choice

Instructions

  • Add all the ingredients to a large bowl. 
  • Pour dressing over the salad. Mix thoroughly. Enjoy!

Notes

Cilantro is optional, but it definitely adds extra flavor!

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 210kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 53mg | Sodium: 356mg | Potassium: 386mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 771IU | Vitamin C: 55mg | Calcium: 49mg | Iron: 2mg

About Courtney

Courtney loves to share great wine, good food, and loves to explore far flung places- all while masting an everyday elegant and easy style at lifestyle blog Sweet C’s Designs. Sweet C's devoted to finding the best food and drinks you'll want to make or find, around the world!

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  1. Lebbie says:

    Love this Recipe!

    Will be trying it this week!