Asian Cabbage Salad with Chicken and Mandarin Oranges

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Keep your cool with this easy Asian Cabbage Salad with Chicken and Mandarin Oranges. It’s delicious as well as very make-ahead!

Asian Cabbage Salad Good Cheap Eats

I confess, I’ve been a little lazy this summer. I’ve leaned on make-ahead salads quite a bit. And you know what? I’m not sorry one bit. They’ve tasted great! Plus, they’ve been easy to send to work with my husband or pack for picnics at the beach.

This Asian Cabbage Salad with Chicken and Mandarin Oranges is a favorite from my childhood. Back in the day, it was a staple at potlucks. There are many versions of this style salad out there, my favorite being from an old family friend named Cathy. Whenever she brought this salad to a potluck, you can be sure, I was first in line.

I haven’t made too many changes to Cathy’s original. Her salad base was a combination of romaine lettuce and green cabbage. I go with napa cabbage when I can because I like the ruffled leaves to hold the drops of dressing. Depending on sales, though, standard green cabbage and romaine can be more affordable substitutions.

To keep the cost of this down, I buy mandarin oranges and chow mein noodles when they are on sale. Cashews, cucumbers, and chicken are usually staples at our house. I’ve found the cheapest source for sesame oil, rice vinegar, and soy sauce to be Trader Joe’s. I generally have these ingredients on hand most of the time.

Fresh ginger is best bought just a knob at a time. Don’t feel bad about breaking off a smaller piece if your store sells large coral-looking blobs. You can store ginger in the freezer, too, to extend its shelf life.

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This Asian Cabbage Salad is full of crunch, thanks to the cabbage, cucumbers, cashews, and chow mein noodles. That makes it perfect for potlucks since it won’t get soggy too quickly. The sweet oranges add the perfect contrast of sweet and tender.

Plan to serve this the same week you make Moo Shu Chicken and you’ll have a super easy supper. Use up leftover Moo Shu Chicken in the salad, of course.

The dressing is very low in fat and absolutely delicious. My husband says he could use this dressing every day, he loves it so much.

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Asian Cabbage Salad with Chicken and Mandarin Oranges
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
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Total Time
15 mins
Keep your cool with this easy Asian Cabbage Salad with Chicken and Mandarin Oranges. It's delicious as well as very make-ahead!
Course: Salad
Cuisine: Asian-fusion
Keyword: asian salad
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 127 kcal
Author: Jessica Fisher
  • one small head napa cabbage
  • 2 cups shredded chicken can use Moo Shu Chicken
  • 1 large cucumber or several small ones sliced
  • 1 can mandarin oranges in juice drained
  • 1 bunch green onions chopped
  • 2 cups crisp chow mein noodles
  • 1/2 cup roasted cashews
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1/2 cup rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  1. In a large serving bowl, combine the cabbage, chicken, cucumber, oranges, onions, chow mein noodles, cashews, and cilantro.
  2. In a small bowl or jar, combine the rice vinegar, soy sauce, ginger, sesame oil, and red pepper flakes. Stir or shake well to combine. Dress the salad and serve.
Recipe Notes

Store leftovers covered in the fridge for up to 4 days.

Nutrition Facts
Asian Cabbage Salad with Chicken and Mandarin Oranges
Amount Per Serving
Calories 127 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 18mg6%
Sodium 168mg7%
Potassium 144mg4%
Carbohydrates 9g3%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 8g16%
Vitamin A 122IU2%
Vitamin C 3mg4%
Calcium 13mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. Emily says

    My favorite (easy) way to keep ginger on hand is with one of those tubes of ginger “paste.” My store has them in the produce section. It’s easier than grating the fresh stuff (and keeps for a long time!) but still offers a much, much better taste than dried ginger. I’ve also used the garlic, basil and cilantro varieties (although I really prefer fresh basil and cilantro but again, the paste is much better than dried).

    • That is very nice to buy it that way. When I see it on sale, I grab it, but I’ve noticed that some brands add a lot of junk to the mix.

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