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Vietnamese Chicken Salad Recipe

This Vietnamese Chicken Salad Recipe is crunchy, yummy, and healthy. The Asian dressing is absolutely irresistible, so plan on making extra for keeping in the fridge for future salads.

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Happy weekend, Everyone! And a very Happy Mother’s Day weekend to all those who play a mama’s role, either literally or figuratively.

I accidentally treated myself to a whole body cryotherapy session today, which I guess will be my mother’s day gift to myself. [Note: we can totally do that – give ourselves a little birthday gift, mother’s day gift, etc. It’s absolutely allowed.]

In case you haven’t heard of cryotherapy, it’s one of those East meets West therapies that has gained popularity like wildfire. I’ve heard whispers about the subzero therapeutic effects on injuries and wellness. But I’m the biggest cold-baby in the whole world, so cryotherapy sounded more like torture than relief. I mean, the first 3 letters spell cry.

Thus, I had no intentions of putting my whole body in a big freezer today, but someone at the gym asked if I wanted to try it out. And I said yes before I could say no. Admittedly, the guy caught me at a very weak moment: my quads were maxed out from my very first psycho-spin class. Plus, I’ve been dealing with a running injury that butted me off the roads and into the spin class in the first place. I’m desperate to get back on the roads. So I said yes.

The verdict: whole body cryotherapy is more manageable than an ice bath, despite the fact that it’a actually much colder. Whether it has miraculously healed my injury is TBD. What I do know: I was like super hungry after spinning like crazy and then voluntarily walking into a frozen chamber.

I started craving  Crusty French Bread  and a heaping bowl of Vietnamese Chicken Salad with its amazing Asian dressing.

Okay. About this Vietnamese Chicken Salad recipe…

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This Vietnamese Chicken Salad recipe is so simple. We’ve been devouring this one for years and haven’t looked back. All you need is shredded chicken (hi, rotisserie) and pre-cut matchstick carrots, pre-shelled edamame beans, sliced peppers, napa cabbage, and yummy herbs.

The Asian dressing here is adapted from my Asiann Pasta Salad with Sesame Ginger Dressing. I tweaked a few things there to create more uniquely Vietnamese-style flavors. The dressing is so delish, I always make extra so that I can keep a bottle of it in the fridge for all the soon-to-be salads. It’s highly suggested you consider doing the same.

Then, just toss, drizzle, and munch.

And crunch and munch.

Enjoy.

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Vietnamese Chicken Salad Recipe

Ingredients

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  • For the Dressing:
  • ¼ cup seasoned rice wine vinegar (found in most stores’ Asian aisles)
  • 1 tsp ginger, grated
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp Sriracha
  • 1 TB soy sauce
  • 3 TB pure honey
  • 3 tsp granulated sugar
  • 1 TB Asian fish sauce
  • 2 TB Asian toasted sesame oil (caramel brown in color)
  • ⅓ cup olive oil
  • ¼ tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 TB toasted sesame seeds
  • For the Salad:
  • 2 heaping cups cooked shredded chicken (rotisserie works great)
  • 4 cups shredded napa cabbage
  • 1 cup matchstick carrots
  • 1 large red bell pep-er, chopped or thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup edamame beans
  • 1/2 cup fresh mint, chopped
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced scallions
  • Garnish: 1/2 cup shopped roasted peanuts or cashews

Instructions

  1. Do Ahead: In a bowl, whisk together all dressing ingredients until well combined. Transfer to desired container and keep chilled until ready to use.
  2. When ready to serve: Toss together all salad ingredients, except for nuts, in a serving bowl. Gently toss in desired amount of dressing. Garnish with nuts and serve immediately.
  • Author: Chew Out Loud
  • Category: Salad
  • Cuisine: Vietnamese American

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29 comments

    • Chastity

    I can’t believe you tried that out, I would have died from the cold, lol. I see a lot of people doing it lately too. The salad looks very hearty would love to make it while I am on my healthy regimen these days.

      • chewoutloud

      I know, Chastity! I cannot believe I tried cryo either…I’m the BIGGEST cold baby ever. That said…it wasn’t as bad as I imagined 😉

    • Cristina

    Never heard of the cryotherapy, interesting read though. And the salad recipe made my mouth water… Lunchtime!

    • Jen

    These are all delicious salads. I love eating salad but I am picky with what vegetable or fruits to include in the salad. THanks for sharing your recipe. I might just try them.

    • Megan

    This dish sounds soooo delicious, I want it for lunch today! Also –– all of the recommended salads are going on my list too 🙂

    • Syntich

    Hi, really like your meal ideas and they also like ok healthy and easy to prepare. Will share on Pinterest

    • Marielle Altenor

    Oh my! That salad is super colorful! I love Vietnamese cuisine so I know this would be a hit!

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