Spring Chinese Chicken Salad


This recipe is an old favorite of mine – passed down from my mother! I remember eating it on many a hot day in Florida growing it up. It’s sweet and salty, has a great crush and is extremely refreshing. I’ve made a couple changes to the recipe over the years – replacing the table sugar with local honey and mixing in some other colorful vegetables. I use iceberg but you could fancy the recipe up by adding bok choy!

I roast whole split chicken breasts instead of poaching like my mother’s recipe calls for. You can roast the chicken in advance (even the day before), shred it and toss with dressing. Refrigerate the chicken until you assemble the salad. Or, you could buy a rotisserie chicken,  shred it and skip cooking all together!

I served this salad throughout the weekend to friends and everyone loved it. I even emailed the recipe to a friend on the west coast – and he loved it too! This recipe makes enough for a crowd or for a long weekend. I served it on Monday night with The Fresh Market prepared dumplings – the perfect combination.
Enjoy this salad with friends, sunshine, fresh blooms and good white wine.

Spring Chinese Chicken Salad 

Salad Ingredients:

  • 4 split chicken breasts (bone in with skin)
  • 1 head iceberg lettuce or bok choy
  • 1 English cucumber, chopped
  • 6 scallions, chopped
  • 4 celery stalks, chopped
  • 2 cups snow peas, chopped
  • lots of small colorful sweet peppers, sliced thin
  • sesame seeds
  • sliced almonds


  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 1.5 teaspoons salt
  • 1 half cup seasoned rice wine vinegar
  • 1/2 tablespoon white pepper
  • 1/2 tablespoon Chinese five spice powder
  • 2 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup olive oil blend


Roast the split chicken breasts at 400 degrees on a baking sheet with a splash of olive oil, salt and pepper for about 35 minutes or until cooked through. Allow to cool.

Meanwhile, whisk all the salad dressing ingredients (except the olive oil) together until everything has dissolved. Then whisk in the oil until emulsified. Taste the dressing. Adjust the seasoning as desired.

Shred the chicken with your hands.(at this point you can toss with dressing and save).  Combine chopped veggies. Dress the salad and sprinkle with sliced almonds and sesame seeds.


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