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Chilled Chicken Cranberry Salad

"I'm posting this because it is fantastic! It can be served as a main dish, or a side salad, and it's always the first to go. It's a really pretty salad to look at. The salad part can be mixed up early and add the dressing just before you want to serve it."

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Prep Time: 10m

Cook Time: 0m

   

Servings: 8-10  

 
 
  • 5.0000

I had leftover chicken tenders that were perfect for this recipe. Didn't have black sesame seeds so used regualer toasted. The dressing is excellent. This salad went over really well for dinner on a hot muggy day.

  Ingredients
 
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  • FOR SALAD
  • 2 small bags (28 ounces) coleslaw mix (about 12 cups, 14 ounce each bag)
  • 3 1/2 pound cooked rotisserie chicken (finely chopped, about 4 cups)
  • 1 1/2 cups sliced almonds (toasted, or cashews)
  • 180 grams dried cranberries (Orange Cranberries from Trader Joe’s, 1 1/2 cups)
  • 1 small red onion, finely diced
  • 50 grams sesame sticks (about 1 cup, found in the bulk aisle at grocery store - optional)
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped cilantro
  • 1/4 cup sesame seeds (black)
  • Salt & pepper
  • FOR DRESSING
  • 1/2 cup olive oil (extra-virgin)
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons honey (or brown sugar)
  • 2 tablespoons minced ginger
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil (toasted)
 

What You Will Need



No special items needed.
  How to Make
 
 

Step 1

Layer the cabbage in a large bowl with chicken, almonds (or cashews, or both), cranberries, red onion, sesame seeds, sesame sticks (optional), and fresh cilantro.

Step 2

Combine the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, soy sauce, garlic, honey, ginger, and sesame oil in a blender. Add 2 tablespoons of water. Process until smooth.

Step 3

Lightly pour the dressing over the salad mixture and toss; serve.

  Nutritional Facts
 
 
  • Serving Size: 1 (401.8 g)
  • Calories 602.3
  • Total Fat - 34.9 g
  • Saturated Fat - 5.9 g
  • Cholesterol - 500.6 mg
  • Sodium - 1025.5 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 28.3 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 3.9 g
  • Sugars - 16.5 g
  • Protein - 43.3 g
  • Calcium - 118.7 mg
  • Iron - 6.7 mg
  • Vitamin C - 26.6 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.1 mg
  Reviews
 
 
1 review

I had leftover chicken tenders that were perfect for this recipe. Didn't have black sesame seeds so used regualer toasted. The dressing is excellent. This salad went over really well for dinner on a hot muggy day

 

Review by Bergy