Cabbage Week: Chinese Chicken Salad

C – I have been dreaming about this salad.

That’s right. I dream about salads. I dream about healthy things, too. There’s a great salad and sandwich place in Sacramento that makes an awesome Chinese cabbage salad. There is only one problem. It closes at 3:00pm and I can’t get it for dinner.

I will eat one for lunch and still want one for dinner. Did I say only one problem? Maybe two problems. They aren’t in San Francisco, either. I know San Francisco has a lot of wonderful salads. I just can’t find one as good as this one.

My dreams become nightmares, quickly, when I can’t get my Chinese chicken salad. So, I have to make something sort of similar to what I am dreaming of. This salad is it.

Why do I like this restaurant’s salad so much. Its the perfect mix of sweet sesame dressing, hints of onions, crispy cabbage, moist chicken breast … shredded not cut … and my favorite lots of roasted peanuts.

This salad is amazing. This salad usually doesn’t have much color. I eat with my eyes first. So, I added a few more ingredients to make me satisfied with the color, too.

Cabbage Week: Chinese Chicken Salad
Recipe type: Mains
Prep time: 15 mins
Total time: 15 mins
Serves: 4
  • 1 Tbsp rice vinegar
  • ¼ tsp sesame seed oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 tsp grated ginger
  • ½ tsp black sesame seeds
  • 1 roasted chicken breast, shredded
  • 2 cups cabbage, ½ inch cubes
  • 1 carrot, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 5 thinly sliced pieces of red onion
  • 3 sprigs cilantro, chopped
  • 1 green onion, chopped
  • 2 tangerine, peeled and segmented
  • ½ cup dry roasted peanuts, shells and peels removed
  1. In a small bowl, place rice vinegar, sesame seed oil, garlic, salt and pepper, ginger and black sesame seeds. Mix well.
  2. Place a few tablespoons of the dressing in the bottom of a large mixing bowl.
  3. Add remaining ingredients into the bowl. Mix well.
  4. Serve.
  5. Enjoy!


I love this salad. Now, I don’t have to dream so much about this salad. It leaves me time to dream of other things.

Like chocolate cupcakes with chocolate frosting … mmmmm, chocolate cupcakes with chocolate frosting.