5 from 1 vote
Chinese Chicken Salad with Cashews
Prep Time
30 mins
Total Time
30 mins

With so many layers of flavor and so many delicious textures, this Chinese Chicken Salad with Cashews is a perfectly satisfying warm weather meal!

Course: Lunch or Dinner
Cuisine: Chinese
Keyword: Chicken Salad, chinese food, Salad
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 607.8 kcal
Author: Blair
  • 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:
  • ¼ cup sesame oil
  • ¼ cup olive oil or avocado oil
  • ½ cup fresh orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 4 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Freshly ground pepper to taste
To prepare dressing:
  1. Add all ingredients to a jar with a tight lid and shake until completely combined. Refrigerate for up to 1 week.

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

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. 

Nutrition Facts
Chinese Chicken Salad with Cashews
Amount Per Serving (1 salad with 2 T dressing)
Calories 607.8 Calories from Fat 291
% Daily Value*
Fat 32.3g50%
Saturated Fat 5.7g36%
Polyunsaturated Fat 8.3g
Monounsaturated Fat 16.6g
Cholesterol 78mg26%
Sodium 659.6mg29%
Potassium 1285mg37%
Carbohydrates 43.3g14%
Fiber 7.1g30%
Sugar 16.1g18%
Protein 40.6g81%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.