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Asian chicken & cabbage salad

 In Chicken, Dinner/Supper, Lunch, Recipes, Salads & Starters

 Asian chicken cabbage salad

This is without-a-doubt my absolute favourite lunch at the moment. It takes mere moments to throw together and delivers a punch of flavour like you can’t believe. The reason it’s so quick to put together is because I use things that I have lying in my fridge to make this salad. Leftover chicken, a packet of coleslaw mix (with cabbage and carrots) and the dressing is made up of pantry staples.

 Asian chicken cabbage salad

What makes the salad such a delight is that it is so versatile. If you don’t have chicken, use prawns, tinned tuna, left-over steak or pork. Or leave the meat out if you’d rather have it vegetarian. Add cashews if you want more crunch and add more chilli if you want more spice. With this version I used leftover poached chicken which I shredded into the coleslaw mix and added lots of fresh coriander, toasted cashews and a grated apple for a hint of sweetness.

 Asian chicken cabbage salad

If you’d like to make this ahead (it makes a FAB lunchbox filler), simply make the salad without dressing it the night before and dress the salad just before you are ready to eat. The chicken and cabbage really suck up the dressing and the cabbage will go a little soggy if you dress it the night before.

Asian chicken & cabbage salad
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Recipe type: Salad, Low Carb, Healthy, Lunch,
Serves: 1
  • 2 cups coleslaw mix (shredded cabbage and carrots)
  • ½ cooked chicken breast, shredded
  • coriander leaves, to taste
  • 1 apple, grated
  • 2 tablespoons toasted cashew nuts
for the dressing
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons fish sauce
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon honey (optional)
  • ½ red chilli finely chopped (optional)
  1. Combine all the salad ingredients in a bowl.
  2. In a small bowl, mix together the dressing ingredients and pour over the salad.
  3. Toss to coat the salad in the dressing and serve.

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Alida Ryder
Being a general food freak has proven to be quite helpful in this career I've found myself in. Author of two cookbooks, photographer, food stylist. Mom to twins. Ex make-up and hair artist obsessed with beautiful clothes and spaces. I love a good G&T and I've been known to spend too much money on shoes.
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  • Margorita

    YUM!!! Perfect for hot summer day. Very light, healthy, crisp and a tons of flavor. Not to mention easy. The dressing is potent and a little goes a long way, especially with the brightness of the apple. I skipped the coriander, no likey, but it would probably make a nice addition if you’re a fan. Will definitely make this again! Thanks for the recipe :)))

    • Alida Ryder

      I’m so glad you liked this salad, it’s one of my go-to’s in summer. 🙂

  • Alida Ryder

    It absolutely is. And it’s such a flavour bomb, you feel like you’re eating something super indulgent.

  • Kaitlin Weiler

    This looks so good. Whenever I take salad to work I’m never satisfied, but this looks so filling and flavorful.

  • theviewfromGreatIsland

    This is so beautiful, I’m completely head over heels for Asian food this month…

    • Alida Ryder

      I hope you try this and if you do, please let me know what you think of it!

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