Asian Chicken Salad with Cilantro Lime Dressing

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 |

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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 |

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 |

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.

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  • 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


  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.

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  3. Your pictures are pretty! Thanks for a great salad..sometimes they can be so boring! I love this! I try to roast a chicken every Sunday so that I have chicken to throw into salads or sandwiches throughout the week! This salad sounds so flavorful!

  4. I love meals like this! And rotisserie chicken is perfect for so many things like this. The salad looks great!

  5. This is a perfect “quick meal”! Full of flavor and nutritious!

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  7. Don’t you hate worrying about lighting and going outside? Totally my life. But I still think this looks awesome!

  8. I think your photos look great. I don’t own a tripod either… and I think I have some photos from time to time where you can see the shake in my hands!

    As for your salad….looooove it. This is my kind of easy weeknight meal or a easy lunch.

  9. I’ve been so disenchanted with salads lately, but this one looks like it has great flavors!

  10. I’m always so sad when I see peanuts in things but I love everything else about this!

  11. I was with you on every point until the cheese. You’ll pry the cheese out of my cold dead fingers. ;)

    Seriously, this salad looks amazing! So fresh and colorful!

  12. This is my kind of salad, I love all the Asian flavors! CAn’t believe E will eat salad (even if just piles dipped in the dressing), never in a million years can I get my 7 year old to do that. And isn’t for lack of trying!

  13. the pictures are fine!! The salad sounds great–amen to your proof that quick meals don’t have to be storebought!

  14. This is such a pretty salad! The more pretty colors, the better for you :)

  15. Rachel, the colors in this salad are riveting! Even in the cold, even with shivers, these are great photos. Then I find that the salad SOUNDS fantastic, too! Double whammy! :) And I love your idea of giving the salad to your toddler as finger food with dipping sauce! <3

    Have a great week!

  16. I love quick meals that don’t come out of a box and these flavors are my favorite. I love this Rach!

  17. What a wonderful looking salad! Packed with flavor. Looks like the perfect quick and healthy weeknight meal to me!!

  18. I think your pictures look great! I hear ya about the low lighting thing though- I have a tripod actually but never use it because I’m lazy. :)

    On another note- this salad looks fresh and delicious!

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