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Chinese Chicken Salad with Cashews

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
Prep Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 607.8kcal
Author Blair Lonergan


  • 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:

  • 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 dressing | Calories: 607.8kcal | Carbohydrates: 43.3g | Protein: 40.6g | Fat: 32.3g | Saturated Fat: 5.7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 8.3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 16.6g | Cholesterol: 78mg | Sodium: 659.6mg | Potassium: 1285mg | Fiber: 7.1g | Sugar: 16.1g