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Chinese California Fusion Chicken Salad Bowl

Fresh crisp iceberg lettuce, mixed greens and vegetables are paired with the crunchy textures of dry chow mein noodles, almonds and sesame seeds. The addition of chicken makes this salad a flavourful protein packed meal that can be enjoyed at lunch or dinner.
Serves: 4
Prep Time: 15 min


2 cups chicken breast(s), cooked, cubed
4 cups iceberg lettuce, torn in pieces
4 cups field or mixed salad greens
1 cup green onion(s), sliced
2 cups English cucumber, quartered and sliced
1 cup carrot(s), grated
1 tbsp light tamari sauce
½ tsp hot red chili pepper flakes, (optional)
2 tbsp brown sugar
1 tbsp lemon juice
3 tbsp rice vinegar
1 tbsp sesame oil, smoked
1 tbsp grapeseed oil
1 tsp grapeseed oil
1 tbsp sesame seeds
½ cup chow mein noodles, dry
3 tbsp almonds, sliced
¼ cup cilantro sprigs, (optional garnish)

Food Safety

Before you start, wash all surfaces and your hands with soap and warm water, and remember to wash your hands, utensils and cutting boards after they touch raw meat or eggs. Avoid cross-contamination by using a different cutting board for your meat and other ingredients. Make sure you’re cooking to safe temperatures and chilling any leftovers within two hours. For more food safety tips, visit our Food Safety at Home Section.


  1. Tear iceberg lettuce into bite size pieces and add to a large salad bowl with the field salad greens. Toss in the green onions, cucumbers and carrot. Add the cooked chicken to the bowl and toss.

  2. Measure light tamari, red chile pepper flakes, brown sugar, fresh lemon juice, rice vinegar, sesame oil, grapeseed oil and sesame seeds in a jar and shake well

  3. Pour dressing over salad and toss. Top with the dry chow mein noodles and sliced almonds. Garnish with the sprigs of fresh cilantro (optional garnish).

Helpful Tip

Chinese-style chicken salad was popular in the 1970's and is made with familiar shredded chicken, iceberg lettuce, crispy fried noodles, and a sweet, sesame rice vinegar dressing. The Chinese in Asia typically do not eat raw-leaf lettuce salads and this salad was probably invented in California as a fusion of Oriental and Western ingredients and flavours.

Nutrition Info

Per serving Amount
Protein33 g
Fat15 g
Saturated Fat2 g
Carbohydrate24 g
Fibre4 g
Cholesterol75 mg
Sodium14 mg
Per serving % Daily Value
Vitamin A150
Vitamin C35
Vitamin B1224