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Japanese Chicken Salad

The sun is promising to shine for the May Day long weekend just around the corner, so you may be needing some extra salads on hand.  This salad is chocked full of nutritious ingredients.  It can be made ahead of time and it's big enough to take to any potluck. It's an all time favorite in our home and promises you a crisp texture with a crunchy bite.

  • 6 cups chopped chinese cabbage
  • 6 cups chopped bok choy
  • 2 cups cubed cooked chicken
  • 1/2 cup chopped green onions
  • 1/4 cup chopped chives
  • 1 package oriental noodles
  • 1/2 cup toasted slivered almonds
  • 1/4 cup toasted sesame seeds.
Salad Dressing
  • 1/2 cup salad oil
  • 3 teaspoons vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2-4 tablespoons soya sauce 
  • Seasoning from noodle mix. 

  1. In a large bowl toss first five ingredients.  You can prepare this ahead of time.
  2. Combine  dressing ingredients in a bowl and mix well.
  3. Just prior to serving, add toasted nuts and noodles. (this avoids soggy noodles)
  4. Pour dressing over salad and mix well. 
Tip:  I usually roast large amounts of almonds and sesame seeds so that they are always available.
 I roast them at 350 degrees for up to 10 minutes stirring frequently so they do not burn. Bag them and put them in the freezer or refrigerator.


  1. This is one of my favorite salads! Thanks for posting!

  2. This looks lovely! Pondside is having a giveaway of your book on her site and I am entering! If I don't win, I'm going to buy a copy. The book looks wonderful...

  3. Pleased to find your blog...popped over from Pondside. Hope that I win her drawing for your cookbook. Sounds delightful. Tanks for the recipe. Cherry Kay

  4. I came over from Pondside to let you know she is doing a giveaway of your book. Judging from the recipe, I have a feeling yours is a good one to have!


  5. Pondside says this book is great. Therefore it must be. Your recipe sounds delicious. I have my fingers crossed to win this book from Pondside. I love to cook!

  6. Marg - this is one of our favourite salads. I've never added the Bok Choy - that's such a nice addition! Great tip to roast the nuts in large batches. Thanks.

  7. Oh my, this salad looks wonderful! I would love to try it. Thank you for all of your marvellous recipes. I came over from Pondside because I want to win your cookbook for my niece who is getting married this summer.
    Hugs, Cindy

  8. I enjoy reading all your recipes and have your first book and the new one is on order. I am visiting at the request of Pondside for a chance to win a copy of your new book which I will give away to my daughter. Blessings, Pamela

  9. Via Pondside also.
    We grew Bok choi last year and it was very good in stir fries. This looks like a lovely recipe.
    I so hope for a chance to win the book.

  10. My oh my, does that look delicious! I am visiting Via Pondside as well . . . hoping to win a copy of your newest book when Ms Pondside draws the name on Sunday!

  11. Marg... this looks delicious ! Only the oriental noodles make the ingredients gf unfriendly -- but those could just be left out...and in the dressing, check to make sure the soya sauce is a gf brand and then the seasonings from the oriental noodle pkg would also have to left out OR we could use this copy cat seasonings recipe -
    2 tablespoons onion powder
    2 tablespoons ground ginger
    2 tablespoons garlic powder
    2 tablespoons ground black pepper
    salt, to taste

  12. Found your blog through Pondside who is generously having a giveaway of Celebrations (such a gorgeous cover)♥ My son would love this recipe!

  13. I just entered for a chance to win the Celebrations cookbook from Pondside. Look forward each day to see the latest recipe. Sharon

  14. The Japanese salad looks so refreshing and what a treat when the gardens are producing fresh greens. Visiting you from Pondside's blog and reading about how wonderful your Celebrations cookbook is.

  15. I really like that you added several photos of the ingredients today! Because some of those items (such as bok choy), are not usually grocery items for me.

  16. Thanks for the alternative spices. This type of salad just has far to much sodium for it to be considered anything but healthy. Please consider using something else for the dressing and those nasty noodles. Otherwise the salad looks very good.

  17. so nice of pondside to sponsor a drawing. my first visit to her site. I come here often. not so fond of the uncooked ramen noodles. I wonder how that recipe got started?

  18. I just came from Pondside's blog, as she is hosting a give-away of your cookbook & I never even knew you gals HAD a blog!!! I've been aware of YOU & your cooking for years but never visited your blog. I'm so glad I did!!


  19. Oh goodness! I am hungry for this salad! I am stopping by courtesy of sweet Pondside who is hosting her giveaway of your cookbook! I am so happy she sent us here! I love the recipes and thank you for sharign with all of us. Have a wonderful weekend.

  20. This sounds like a great recipe that I'd like to try. I came here via Pondside and I wish I'd seen this recipe earlier. We are having a family reunion on Saturday and I made the old standby potato salad today. To think... I could have made this! Oh well, there'll be another occasion! I know your cookbook is wonderful!

  21. I'm visiting from Pondside, too, to let you know she is doing a giveaway of your book. Judging from all the recipe here, it's going to be a great success!

  22. Hello, Well, I'm not from Pondside! Can you tell me more about the oriental noodles? Is it like Ramen noodles sold in the US?
    Thank you! A fan in Maryland

    1. Yes, they are similar to the Ramen noodles. They need to be uncooked in order to enjoy the crunch.


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