Jump to RecipeJump to VideoLeave a ReviewPin Recipe

Disclosure: This post may contain affiliate links. I may earn a small commission for my endorsement, recommendation, testimonial, and/or link to any products or services from this website.

There is so much flavor and crunch in this Chinese Chicken Salad with Cashews, making it the perfect warm-weather lunch or dinner option! The homemade orange sesame dressing adds a fresh finishing touch to the sweet, savory, and satisfying meal.

Bowl of Chinese Chicken Salad with Cashews for an easy and healthy dinner recipe.

Heads up! This recipe for Chinese Chicken Salad was originally published in June, 2014. The photos were updated in July, 2018.

I love a dish that combines a variety of textures and interesting flavors — especially salty and sweet together. With the rich sesame oil and fresh, sweet orange juice in the dressing, paired with the salty crunchy nuts, crisp veggies, and fresh orange slices in the salad, your taste buds will be singing a happy song!

Chinese Chicken Salad with Cashews and homemade orange sesame dressing

I serve this as a make-ahead dinner, but the leftovers also work perfectly for lunch the next day. Plus, it’s hearty enough that even the men in my house consider it a real meal!

Bottle of homemade orange sesame salad dressing for Chinese Chicken Salad

How do you make Chinese Chicken Salad?

It’s all about the toppings, friends! From the orange sesame dressing to the crisp, fresh vegetables, the sweet and juicy fruit, and the crunchy, buttery cashews, the combination of flavors and textures is what makes this Chinese Chicken Salad so delicious and satisfying.

I modeled my Chinese Chicken Salad after the entree salad from California Pizza Kitchen that I grew up on. I honestly haven’t been to that restaurant in about 20 years, but I still remember that salad!

Top your Chinese Chicken Salad with plenty of salted cashews and this homemade orange sesame salad dressing

The key ingredient, in my opinion, is definitely the toasted sesame oil that I use in the homemade Chinese salad dressing. It adds such a unique, rich flavor that I strongly urge you to use it in this dish. It just wouldn’t be the same without it!

And don’t worry — you’ll have plenty of other opportunities to use up the rest of the small bottle of sesame oil. From 10-Minute Oven-Roasted Sesame Broccoli to Cold Peanut Sesame Noodles and One Skillet “Egg Roll in a Bowl,” the ingredient will soon become a staple in your kitchen.

A healthy dinner is just minutes away with this Chinese Chicken Salad

Serving the Chinese Chicken Salad to kids?

My boys like the “deconstructed” version — chicken, cashews, orange slices, peppers, and chow mein noodles — all served side by side in their own separate piles. Hey, whatever it takes!

The recipe makes more dressing than I ever need, so save the extra in a jar in your refrigerator and enjoy it throughout the week. It’s so tasty!

Use a rotisserie chicken or leftovers for this easy dinner recipe of Chinese Chicken Salad

If you’re enjoying entree salads this season, you’ll also love these easy recipes — there’s a cuisine to keep your tastebuds happy every night of the week!

Chinese Chicken Salad is an easy dinner salad recipe for summer

If you’ve tried this Chinese Chicken Salad with Cashews or any other recipe on The Seasoned Mom, then don’t forget to rate the recipe and leave me a comment below! You can follow me on Facebook, on Instagram, on Pinterest, and on Twitter!

Chinese Chicken Salad with Cashews

5 from 1 vote
Prep: 30 minutes
Total: 30 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 607.8 kcal
With so many layers of flavor and so many delicious textures, this Chinese Chicken Salad with Cashews is a perfectly satisfying warm weather meal!


  • 4 cups diced, cooked chicken (grilled chicken or a store-bought rotisserie chicken work well)
  • 2 ribs celery, chopped
  • 1 head of romaine lettuce, chopped
  • 2 red bell peppers, seeded and chopped
  • 4 green onions, sliced
  • 1 cup mandarin oranges, drained
  • 1 cup salted cashews
  • 1 cup Chinese chow mein noodles

For the Orange Sesame Dressing:


To prepare dressing:

  • Add all ingredients to a jar with a tight lid and shake until completely combined. Refrigerate for up to 1 week.

To prepare salad:

  • In a large bowl, toss together chicken, celery, lettuce, bell peppers, onions, and oranges.
  • Add enough of the dressing to lightly coat. Chill, covered, for up to 2 hours (or serve immediately).
  • When ready to serve, divide evenly between four plates and garnish with cashews and chow mein noodles.


For a lighter salad, try decreasing the amount of cashews and chow mein noodles that you use on top. You can also cut the dressing to 1 tablespoon per serving. 


Serving: 1salad with 2 T dressingCalories: 607.8kcalCarbohydrates: 43.3gProtein: 40.6gFat: 32.3gSaturated Fat: 5.7gPolyunsaturated Fat: 8.3gMonounsaturated Fat: 16.6gCholesterol: 78mgSodium: 659.6mgPotassium: 1285mgFiber: 7.1gSugar: 16.1g
Keyword: Chicken Salad, chinese food, Salad
Course: Lunch or Dinner
Cuisine: Chinese
Author: Blair Lonergan

Hey, I’m Blair!

Welcome to my farmhouse kitchen in the foothills of Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains. Inspired by local traditions and seasonal fare, you’ll find plenty of easy, comforting recipes that bring your family together around the table. It’s down-home, country-style cooking!

Read More

Square overhead shot of hands serving a chicken pot pie recipe with biscuits
Overhead image of a bowl of chili mac on a dinner table with cornbread
Hands serving a platter of sheet pan sausage and potatoes

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Recipe Rating

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.


  1. I love Chinese chicken salad and haven’t made it a long time. Thanks for sharing it on Merry Monday.

  2. Thank you for sharing this beautiful salad with us at Treasure Box Tuesday! Pinned and sharing on FB this morning! 🙂

  3. Oh that sounds wonderful for the warmer weather but with a bit more flavor than traditional green salad. Thanks so much for sharing on Foodie Friday

  4. I’ve never had a Chinese chicken salad before, it looks great. Thanks for linking up to Sweet and Savoury Sunday, stop by and link up again. Have a great day!!

  5. 5 stars
    I just love this fresh summer salad, it looks delicious! Hope you have had a great weekend and thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday!
    Come Back Soon,
    Miz Helen

  6. I love a crunch in my salad, it looks delicious! Thank you so much for linking up at Tasty Tuesday! Your recipe has been pinned to the Tasty Tuesday Pinterest board! Please join us again this week!

  7. I love this salad and with the dressing. I love the crunchy noodles and cashews, this is better than just a plain ole’ salad. I also use sesame oil in my cooking, and will be making this in the future. Just better than a plain ole’ salad.

  8. Did you not have a recipe for a chinese meal that called for snap peas and some celery, etc. Would like for you to submit it again or send to me direct email.
    Thank you