Asian Chicken Chopped Salad (Whole30 Paleo)

Asian Chicken Chopped Salad (Whole30 Paleo) - a deliciously nutritious salad with a sweet and tangy Asian dressing, free of soy or sugar! | tastythin.com

Asian Chicken Chopped Salad (Whole30 Paleo) – a deliciously nutritious salad with a sweet and tangy Asian dressing, free of soy or sugar!

One week into our January round of Whole30 and we are going strong!  We’re eating super delicious and satisfying food everyday and my cravings for naughty treats have been minimal.  Even my husband, who was a hard sell, is sticking to the plan with few complaints. 

Inspired by the Asian Sesame Chicken Salad in the new Whole30 Cookbook (highly recommend, review coming soon!!), this recipe is an excellent addition to any Whole30 or Paleo meal plan.  The salad is full of crunchy good-for-you veggies and the dressing is just the right amount of sweet and tangy.  It totally hits the spot if you’re having cravings for Asian food! 

Asian Chicken Chopped Salad (Whole30 Paleo) - a deliciously nutritious salad with a sweet and tangy Asian dressing, free of soy or sugar! | tastythin.com

Here is my foolproof method for making shredded chicken in the Instant Pot (favorite appliance ever!!)  I make a big batch on Sunday and add it to all my salads, including this one!  I assembled the salad and dressing at the beginning of the week (storing them separately until time to eat) and have been eating it for lunch with this Butternut Squash Bisque or a side of fruit.  For my make ahead lunches, I’ve been using these awesome glass meal prep containers.

Make it for dinner!  This salad is also great as a stand alone Whole30 meal, complete with servings of protein (chicken), veggies (cabbage and peppers), and healthy fats (almonds and dressing). 

 

Asian Chicken Chopped Salad (Whole30 Paleo) - a deliciously nutritious salad with a sweet and tangy Asian dressing, free of soy or sugar! | tastythin.com

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Asian Chicken Chopped Salad (Whole30 Paleo) - a deliciously nutritious salad with a sweet and tangy Asian dressing, free of soy or sugar! | tastythin.com
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Asian Chicken Chopped Salad (Whole30 Paleo)
Ingredients
  • 4 cups cole slaw mix (cabbage with shredded carrots)
  • 1 cup shredded red cabbage
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, sliced thin
  • 1 cup shredded chicken breast
  • 1/4 cup slivered almonds
  • 2 green onions, finely sliced
  • 1 Tablespoon sesame seeds (optional)
Asian Dressing
  • 1/4 cup coconut aminos
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
  • 3 large pitted dates
Instructions
  1. For the salad, place all ingredients in a large bowl or serving dish and toss to combine.

  2. For the dressing, combine all ingredients in a small blender or food processor (I used my Magic Bullet.)  Process until dates are completely ground and dressing is a slightly creamy texture.

  3. Best when salad and dressing are combined just before eating. 

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28 Comments

  • Reply
    Stefanie
    April 3, 2017 at 9:30 pm

    This is so delicious!!!! Thank you for sharing! Curious if it keeps its crunch after the first day if you mix the dressing in with the salad?

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      Nikki
      April 4, 2017 at 12:11 pm

      Thanks, Stefanie! If I’m going to do individual servings (like for lunch each day), I like to keep the dressing separate and mix it in when I’m ready to eat.

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        Stefanie
        April 12, 2017 at 5:52 pm

        Thank you so much! It was delicious!

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    Julia
    April 6, 2017 at 7:13 pm

    Made this tonight for dinner and it was AMAZING!!! I added in come cilantro and chopped snap peas because they were in the fridge. Delicious!

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    Kristin
    April 8, 2017 at 9:31 am

    How many servings does this generally make?

    • Reply
      Nikki
      April 8, 2017 at 2:23 pm

      Hi Kristin,
      You should get about 8 one-cup servings. Enjoy!

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    Anthony
    April 11, 2017 at 6:17 pm

    Do you happen to know the nutritional facts with this? Looks amazing and I want to be sure to account for it correctly in my log.

    • Reply
      Nikki
      April 12, 2017 at 7:03 pm

      Anthony – I use myfitnesspal for calculating nutritional facts on recipes…when I plug this into the app it comes to about 175 calories per one-cup serving. Hope that helps!

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    Marci
    April 14, 2017 at 10:25 pm

    How many servings does this make? Want to make sure I have enough for my lunches next week?

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      Nikki
      April 16, 2017 at 2:24 pm

      Hi Marci, the recipe makes about 8 cups. Happy meal prepping!

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      Cathy Knudtson
      August 11, 2017 at 11:10 pm

      I just downloaded this app! Can you guide me to where to start calculating recipe facts??

      • Reply
        Nikki
        August 14, 2017 at 9:54 am

        Hi Cathy, I’m assuming you are referring to the Fitness Pal app. To get nutrition facts, from your dashboard click on More, then click on Meals, Recipes & Foods. Click Create a Recipe. Then click Add from the Web. You will need to copy and paste the url of the recipe here. After it uploads, it will ask you to check the ingredients. Do this because sometimes it gets amounts, etc. wrong. Then save the recipe – per serving nutrition info will be available. Once you get the hang of it, it’s super simple to use! You can add any recipe found on the internet or add recipes manually. I love this app!!!

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          Cathy Knudtson
          August 14, 2017 at 10:49 am

          Thanks! That’s what I did, but have a home recipe, NO URL unfortunately! So couldn’t get it to work without having an URL

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    Colleen
    May 9, 2017 at 8:26 pm

    This recipe is amazing. I’m crazy in love with it. I have to double it to have enough for myself and my husband for dinner and lunch the next day. Even my 2.5 year old likes it! And I really love how easy it is.

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      Nikki
      May 10, 2017 at 8:52 pm

      Thanks, Colleen! SO glad you and your family enjoyed the recipe!

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    Darla
    June 4, 2017 at 1:35 pm

    Is there an alternative for the dates?? Like coconut sugar?
    (I don’t need it to be whole30)

    • Reply
      Nikki
      June 4, 2017 at 4:21 pm

      Darla, I haven’t tried it but I think coconut sugar or honey would work just great!

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    Beb
    June 4, 2017 at 8:54 pm

    What is coconut aminos?

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      Nikki
      June 5, 2017 at 8:11 pm

      Beb – coconut aminos are a soy-free alternative to soy sauce, made from the sap of coconut blossoms. If you’re concerned about soy in your diet, feel free to use soy sauce.

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    Lisa
    June 18, 2017 at 9:57 pm

    This was so good! We loved it!

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      Nikki
      June 19, 2017 at 12:14 pm

      Thanks, Lisa! So glad you enjoyed it!!

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        Kristine
        July 27, 2017 at 9:11 pm

        Would the amount be the same if using soy sauce?

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          Nikki
          August 7, 2017 at 10:53 am

          Yes, they are an equal swap!

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    Karen Latva
    August 6, 2017 at 8:40 pm

    YIKES! Recipe Rating and Post Comment tabs are too close together…clearly, I rate this a 5-star recipe…would give it 10 stars if I could…when I was tapping the stars, I tapped post too soon! Sorry…can’t find a delete or edit option!

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    Karen
    August 6, 2017 at 9:00 pm

    This is quite possibly the BEST thing I have ever eaten! The dressing is A…MAZ…ING! Whether on or off of Whole30, this recipe will be a frequent guest on the menu planner! Thank you…thank you…thank you!

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    Jessilyn
    August 9, 2017 at 2:02 pm

    This was so delicious and perfect for my first week in whole30! Do you know how long the dressing would keep in the fridge? Would love to make a big batch to keep on hand for for later weeks.

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      Nikki
      August 14, 2017 at 9:33 am

      Hi Jessilyn! Thanks so much! I think the dressing could last up to 2 weeks in the frig. Congrats on your first week…Whole30 is a life-changer 🙂

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    Julie Martin
    August 17, 2017 at 10:16 pm

    This is our new favorite. The dressing is yummy on other foods too. Great to dip grilled chicken in.

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