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Asian Chicken Salad with Avocado & Citrus Dressing

Serve this Asian Chicken Salad “salad bar” style for an easy, healthy, delicious meal the whole family will love!

Avocado Chicken Salad with Asian Citrus Dressing

Before I share this easy, family friendly Asian Chicken Salad recipe, let’s talk about the weekend!

Highlights of mine included finishing Sharp Objects {very dark, but loved it, and all the other books by Gillian Flynn}, going for a run on a gorgeous day, hanging out with friends, and, maybe the best part, jumping on a trampoline w/ 4 other moms from Big Tex’s baseball team and doing flips!

OK, so I landed on my back, but it was seriously a whole lot of fun!!!

Your turn! I’d love to hear what you did this weekend!

Back to this Asian Chicken Salad & why you should make it…

  1. It’s easy to make. Don’t have all the ingredients on hand? Get creative, and use up whatever veggies, protein, and seasonings you have at home.
  2. It’s packed with protein. My version uses pre-cooked chicken and peanuts for the protein, but you can make it with grilled salmon or steak instead. Or, for a vegan version, add edamame, tempeh, or baked tofu.
  3. The whole family will love it! One of my best tips for getting kids to eat salad, is to serve it “salad bar” style. This way everyone gets to add their own toppings, no one complains, and your kids might actually eat something green. Win, win!

Nutrition and Serving Notes…

  • This Asian Chicken Salad is naturally gluten-free, paleo, low FODMAP option (see recipe notes)
  • Omit chicken, or sub with tofu, tempeh, or beans for a vegan version
  • For a low FODMAP version, make with lettuce instead of Napa cabbage, omit purple cabbage and green onions, and limit avocado to 1/8 per serving.
  • If you have kids, and they aren’t big salad eaters like mine, I highly recommend you serve this up “salad bar style” so everyone can add their own toppings.  No complaining at the dinner table is always a good thing!

Asian Chicken Salad with Avocado & Citrus Dressing

This delicious Asian inspired chicken salad is packed full of nutrients, and is a crowd pleaser for both adults and children alike!
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 4 servings

Ingredients

Asian Citrus Dressing

  • 2 tablespoons high oleic safflower oil or other neutral MUFA vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce or gluten-free tamari
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon pure maple syrup
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
  • Juice from 1/2 orange
  • Juice from 1/2 lime

Salad

  • 6 cup Chopped Romaine lettuce and/or Napa cabbage
  • 1 cup Shredded carrots
  • 1 cup Shredded purple cabbage
  • 1/2 cup Chopped green onions
  • 1/2 cup Chopped cilantro
  • 1 avocado
  • 1 pound cooked chicken breast
  • 1/2 cup Toasted salted peanuts
  • Optional: sliced Mandarin oranges, bean sprouts, edamame

Instructions

MAKE THE DRESSING

  • Combine dressing ingredients in a jar, seal and shake well to combine. Set aside or store in the refrigerator until ready to use.

ASSEMBLE THE SALADS

  • Divide lettuce, chicken, and avocado slices on 4 plates, then place all the other ingredients in small bowls, and let everyone add their own toppings, salad bar style.
  • Spoon dressing on and serve.

Notes

Low FODMAP Option: Use green tops of onions only, 1/8 avocado per serving, and if using Napa cabbage, limit to 1 cup per serving.
Vegan Option: Omit chicken and serve with tempeh, baked tofu, or edamame instead.
Protein Swap: Serve with pan seared salmon, steak, or any of the vegan options listed above.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 495kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 44g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 96mg | Sodium: 459mg | Potassium: 1158mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 6314IU | Vitamin C: 53mg | Calcium: 159mg | Iron: 3mg
EA Stewart, RD | Registered Dietitian Nutritionist
Course Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine Asian, Gluten Free, Grain Free, Low Carb, Low FODMAP Option, MIND Diet
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Avocado and Chicken Salad with Asian Citrus Dressing
I created a watercolor version of this Asian Chicken Salad using the Waterlogue App. Have you tried it? It’s so cool!

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  2. Lovely idea on the instagram theme following on, cant wait to see more!

    I like the ‘loosey goosey’ instructions! you always make me chuckle and that dressing…oof! I can easily whip up a vegetarian version of this salad and seeing as my husband has returned to the repeated discussions of how he wants to loose weight (tastily)….x

    1. Thanks so much Andrea! You should definitely check out the waterlogue app-I especially love it for lnadscape photos and flowers-makes me feel like a real artist ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Love the Instameals idea!! And yes, if I get my kids to eat salad – it’s a very good (and somewhat surprising thing.) Just recently I started adding more sugar to my salad dressings and ta-dah, the kids ate them. So they would love this dressing…I’ve been craving Asian dressing too – so now we can all be happy thanks to this dressing…on the baby Kale in my garden!

    1. So funny about the dressing, b/c other than ranch, my kids prefer to eat their salad {the few times they do} without dressing at all, which seems kid of strange to me. This dressing would be delish on your fresh from the garden baby kale ๐Ÿ™‚

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