easy paleo Asian chicken salad with creamy sesame dressing

Paleo Asian Chicken Salad with Creamy Sesame Dressing

Seriously, you’ve got to make this salad!

You want easy prep? It’ll take about 20 minutes.

You want flavor? This one isn’t just mouthwatering, it’s closer to magical (in my humble opinon!)

As you can probably tell, I really love this healthy little creation.

But I’m not alone …

I’ve made it twice so far at home this past week – the family insisted!

I took it as a prepped salad for my lunch to the office last week, and the girls were dipping everything they had into the dressing. They couldn’t get enough. (There was barely enough left for me!)

The ingredients in this salad are perfect together. You get a little tartness from the orange and then the crunchiness from the fresh slaw, peppers and toasted almonds.

Your hearty paleo protein comes from the chicken. Really easy if you just shred a done-for-you rotisserie chicken from the deli like I did – but any kind of chicken will do.

The one thing that really makes your taste buds sing in this salad is the dressing! So dang good.

It’s kinda creamy, so it wraps every morsel in lusciousness. Still nice and light though — but the flavor is truly outstanding!

This special sesame dressing does need a few more ingredients than most of my other dressings – but every one counts big time! Just whisk and you’re done. Super-easy. (Should last about a week in your fridge, by the way.)

And in fact, this sesame dressing is one those you can wow your non-paleo friends with and they won’t have a clue it’s clean and healthy!

Like I said, you’ve got to make this paleo Asian chicken salad. You’re going to love it. Even the kids will go crazy for it I’m sure.

Try it – and please let me know what you think.

PS … Instead of making my own paleo mayo, I saved time and used Primal Kitchen’s Avocado Oil Mayo. Also used Primal Kitchen’s Avocado Oil in case you’re curious. Both are awesome!

asian chicken salad with creamy sesame dressing paleo recipe

Asian Chicken Salad with Creamy Sesame Dressing Recipe

April 30, 2017

asian chicken salad with creamy sesame dressing paleo recipe


Salad Ingredients

1/4 cup almond slivers, lightly toasted

2 naval oranges, peeled and sliced into segments

4 cups pre-packaged coleslaw mix

3 cups shredded chicken (rotisserie recommended)

1 cup shredded carrots

1 red pepper, seeded and sliced into thin strips

1 bunch green onions, chopped

1 avocado, pitted and diced

1/4 cup chopped cilantro

Sesame seeds, to taste

Salt & Pepper, to taste

Creamy Sesame Dressing Ingredients

1/4 cup paleo mayo

1/4 cup avocado oil or olive oil

1/4 cup rice vinegar

2 Tbsp coconut aminos

1 clove garlic, pressed

2 tsp sesame oil

1-2 tsp raw honey (optional, but highly recommended)

1/2 tsp ground ginger

Pinch of red pepper flakes


1To toast the almond slivers, preheat your oven to 350ºF. Spread slivers out on a sheet pan and bake until lightly toasted, about 3-4 minutes. (Keep an eye on them while toasting! These can easily burn - pull them out when they're golden.)

2Slice oranges and cut away flesh from the peel. Slice into segments and set aside.

3Pit and dice avocado. Sprinkle with lemon or lime juice if available to help prevent oxidation, and set aside.

4Next make the dressing by simply whisking all the dressing ingredients together. Makes about 1 cup. (Set aside a little of the dressing and refrigerate if you plan on saving a portion of the salad as a meal prep.)

5Finally assemble the salad. Plate oranges, coleslaw mix, carrots, bell pepper, green onions, avocado and chicken. Sprinkle with toasted almonds, cilantro and a few dashes of sesame seeds.

6Top with dressing and enjoy!

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