Quick and easy meals don’t have to come out of a box. This delicious Asian Chicken Salad can be on the table in minutes.

Asian Chicken Salad with Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette | RachelCooks.com

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Quick meals do not have to come out of a box.

Quick meals do not have to be laden with fat and sodium.

Quick meals do not have to be covered in cheese to make them taste good.

Quick meals do not have to mushy, grey substances.

Quick meals can be colorful. Crunchy. Flavorful. Full of nutrients. Refreshing. Interesting.

Cilantro. Lime. Red bell peppers. Scallions. Peanuts.

This salad is not lacking in the flavor department.

PS: How gorgeous is this salad bowl? I need to make this recipe again so I can put it in this bowl.

Asian Chicken Salad with Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette | RachelCooks.com

You could make this salad even better for you, and lower in sodium by cooking your own chicken or making your own rotisserie chicken. I made this on my grocery shopping day so I used a pre-cooked rotisserie chicken from the deli department. Easy peasy!

Asian Chicken Salad with Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette | RachelCooks.com

This pictures—ugh. They are blurry because in order to get enough light in Michigan, I have to go outside. And you know what, it’s kinda cold outside in the middle of winter in MI. I was probably shivering. Makes it hard to steady a camera. Bear with me — at the time I was too cheap to buy a tripod.

More great salads that totally count as a meal:

Asian Chicken Salad

Quick and easy meals don’t have to come out of a box. This delicious salad can be on the table in minutes.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups loosely packed fresh cilantro (leaves and soft stems)
  • ½ cup fresh lime juice (2-3 limes)
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 store-bought rotisserie chicken or about 4 cups of shredded chicken
  • ¼ medium red cabbage, shredded (or buy the pre-shredded stuff to save time!)
  • 1 red bell pepper cut into thin strips
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced (white and green)
  • 1 medium carrot, shredded or julienned
  • 1 large head of red romaine lettuce torn into pieces
  • ½ cup lightly salted peanuts

Directions:

  1. In a blender or using hand blender, blend cilantro, lime juice, sugar and vegetable oil until smooth. Taste and season with salt and pepper and more sugar if needed.
  2. In a large bowl, or on individual plates/bowls, layer the lettuce, cabbage, chicken, and vegetables.
  3. Top with peanuts and serve with dressing.

You may also toss the romaine with half of the dressing before serving, and then layer vegetables/chicken on and serve with remaining dressing. My husband likes very light dressing so I tend to usually serve it on the side.

All images and text ©Rachel Cooks.

Verdict: Loved this asian chicken salad. This is no boring salad, people.
Husband’s take: He’d obviously prefer not to eat salad for dinner but he really liked this one, even the dressing. He’s picky about dressing.
How I served it to my toddler: I made little piles of all the veggies and the chicken and then poured a little dressing on her plate so she could dip the veggies and the chicken into the dressing. She loved it!
Changes I would make: None are necessary, but I might use honey instead of sugar in the dressing next time. Would add great flavor and thicken up the dressing a bit.
Difficulty: Easy!

asian chicken salad nutrition label

Actual nutrition may vary depending on how recipe is prepared.

Quick and easy meals don't have to come out of a box. This delicious Asian Chicken Salad can be on the table in minutes. Get the recipe on RachelCooks.com!