Incredible Sesame Chicken Salad | Ambitious Kitchen

Remember this easy, super flavorful Grilled Sesame Chicken that I published just yesterday? You guessed it — it’s time to put that chicken recipe to use with a brand new, fresh, crunchy, filling salad recipe.

This sesame chicken salad is packed with a rainbow of veggies, tossed with my go-to homemade sesame ginger dressing, and topped with that juicy grilled sesame chicken. The team and I had this salad for lunch after perfecting the recipe last month and omg we were OBSESSED with that incredible crunch and all of the wonderful flavors and textures.

It has the perfect amount of sweetness from the dressing and marinade, plus lovely savory elements from the grilled chicken and toasted nuts. Don’t forget the kick of heat from jalapeño and the perfect amount of freshness from cilantro and green onion! This salad is so easy to customize with your fav meat and plant-based proteins, so enjoy the perfect hearty lunch or dinner any day of the week.

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Ingredients in this sesame chicken salad

This gorgeous salad is filled with a rainbow of crunchy veggies, super flavorful grilled sesame chicken, and my go-to sesame ginger dressing. Here’s everything you’ll need to make it:

Can I make it vegan or vegetarian?

Yes! You can easily make a vegan sesame chicken salad by simply omitting the chicken or replacing it with:

More ways to customize this sesame chicken salad

Feel free to mix and match ingredients to truly make this salad your own! Here’s what I can recommend:

How to toast almonds

You can easily toast your own almonds right at home for this salad, and there are two ways to do it: on the stovetop or in the oven!

Make it a noodle party

This sesame chicken salad would also be delicious with cooked rice or ramen noodles tossed right in! You may want to reduce the amount of chopped veggies a bit so that the noodles shine through and soak up all of that delicious dressing.

Prep this salad ahead of time

If you’re looking to save some time, I’d recommend chopping up all of your veggies 1-2 days ahead of serving or eating the salad so that you can easily throw it together! You could also make the dressing 1-2 days ahead of time as well and store it separately in the fridge.

Storing tips

Store any leftover sesame chicken salad in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2-3 days.

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I hope you love this fresh & crunchy sesame chicken salad recipe! If you make it be sure to leave a comment and a rating so I know how you liked it. Enjoy, xo!

Sesame Chicken Cabbage Crunch Salad

Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Serves 4

Fresh and delicious sesame chicken salad packed with bright, crunchy vegetables, juicy chicken, and a flavorful sesame ginger dressing. This flavorful sesame chicken salad is easy to customize with your fav veggies and proteins for the perfect healthy lunch or dinner during the week!

Make the sesame ginger dressing. Set aside.

Assemble the salad together: in a large bowl, add the green and red cabbage, green onion, cilantro, carrots, bell pepper and jalapeno. Pour dressing all over the salad and toss to combine and coat all the veggies. Cover and set aside while you bake or grill your chicken according to the recipe.

Serve the salad: add salad to a large platter. Garnish with toasted sliced almonds, cashews, extra cilantro, a sprinkle of sesame seeds, a few jalapeno slices and some additional chopped green onion, if desired. I also love adding crispy wonton strips but that’s totally optional. Dig in! Serves 4 as a hearty main dish or 6 as a side dish.

Recipe Notes

For a vegetarian/vegan option: This salad is just as fabulous without the chicken. Feel free to omit, or replace with tofu or a can of rinsed and drained chickpeas.

See the full post for even more ways to customize this salad!

Serving size: 1 serving (based on 4)

Recipe by: Monique Volz // Ambitious Kitchen | Photography by: Eat Love Eats

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