Grilled Ginger-Sesame Chicken Chopped Salad


Do you get easily bored of the same salads all the time? I know I do, so I’m always trying out new salad recipes. This grilled ginger-sesame chicken chopped salad is a great one to add to your rotation. It’s easy, it is incredibly flavorful and all the textures in this salad are amazing – the crunch, the chew, the tenderness and the unique bite from the sesame seeds. I love that it is healthy too! Good for you food doesn’t have to be bland and boring, with the right flavors and a few fresh ingredients you’ve got a meal worth remembering.

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The best part of this salad is the marinated and grilled chicken. I enjoyed it so much that I will likely just start making it all it’s own on occasion. It has the perfect blend of flavors and the marinade was quick and easy to throw together. Another great thing about this salad is the cabbage, how often do we get caught making salads over and over with the same types of lettuce. It’s nice to have a little variation. Summer is salad season so keep this recipe handy and try it soon!



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Grilled Ginger-Sesame Chicken Chopped Salad

5 from 1 vote

easy, fresh grilled ginger and sesame chicken chopped salad perfect for summer Barbecues

Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chicken salad, chopped salad
Prep Time: 40 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 354 kcal
Author: Jaclyn


Dressing and Marinade

  • 1/4 c low-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 Tbsp finely minced ginger
  • 3 Tbsp canola oil
  • 2 Tbsp hoisin sauce
  • 1 Tbsp toasted sesame oil (I used regular un-toasted since it's all I had)
  • 1 tsp Sriracha (I didn't even notice it, so if you like heat add a little more)
  • 1/2 tsp salt , then more to taste as desired
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup chopped green onions , green and white parts


  • 2 (9 oz) boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 lb napa cabbage , halved lengthwise and thinly sliced crosswise
  • 1 1/2 - 2 cups matchstick carrots , or 2 medium carrots cut into matchsticks
  • 2/3 cup slivered or sliced almonds , toasted
  • 1/2 cup cilantro leaves , chopped
  • 3 chopped green onions , green and white parts
  • 1 tsp white sesame seeds , toasted
  • 1 tsp black sesame seeds (or an additional 1 tsp white, toasted)


  1. For the marinade:
  2. In a mixing bowl (or 2-cup liquid measuring cup), whisk together soy sauce, ginger, canola oil, hoisin sauce, sesame oil, Sriracha and 1/2 tsp salt (adding more salt to taste as desired, original recipe calls for 1 tsp salt, I added 3/4 tsp and I still thought that was too much).
  3. Add chicken breasts to a large resealable bag and add 3 Tbsp of the marinade mixture, reserving remaining. Seal bag and rub marinade over chicken, then transfer chicken to refrigerator and let rest at least 30 minutes, or up to 1 day.
  4. For the dressing:
  5. Add red wine vinegar and 1/4 cup chopped green onions to remaining dressing mixture and whisk to blend. Set aside (chill in refrigerator if marinating chicken longer than 1 hour).
  6. For the salad:
  7. Heat a grill or grill pan over stove top over medium-high heat. Brush grill lightly with canola or vegetable oil, then place marinated chicken on grill and cook, about 4 minutes per side, or until chicken has cooked through (it should register to 165 degrees in center of chicken when tested with a meat thermometer).
  8. Transfer to a cutting board and let rest 10 minutes. Then, cut chicken crosswise into strips about 1/4-inch thick.
  9. To assemble salad:
  10. In a large bowl toss together cabbage, chicken, carrots, almonds, 3 chopped green onions, and cilantro with enough dressing to coat salad. Sprinkle top with sesame seeds and serve.
  11. Recipe Source: adapted from Curtis Stone via Menu Musings
Nutrition Facts
Grilled Ginger-Sesame Chicken Chopped Salad
Amount Per Serving
Calories 354 Calories from Fat 225
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 25g 38%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 36mg 12%
Sodium 1065mg 44%
Potassium 696mg 20%
Total Carbohydrates 13g 4%
Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
Sugars 5g
Protein 18g 36%
Vitamin A 13.3%
Vitamin C 43.2%
Calcium 16.4%
Iron 11.5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  • Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious: This is definitely my kind of salad! May 20, 2014 at 11:31pm Reply

  • Danielle Hines: I made this for dinner tonight. My husband and I both loved it – so interesting and refreshing! The only change I made was a substitution of rice vinegar for the red wine vinegar, as that is what I had in my pantry; it turned out great. I’m sure this recipe will make it into our rotation. May 19, 2014 at 5:12pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so happy to hear you enjoyed it Danielle! Thanks for your feedback! May 19, 2014 at 10:11pm Reply

  • Jeanette: Oh my goodness, this looks amazing! Thank you for the recipe and the inspiration! I’m always looking for a good salad recipe. May 16, 2014 at 1:22pm Reply

  • Leah: This looks delicious!! I will definitely have to give it a try! My husband jokes that I’m always eating salads with grilled chicken – so this is a good way to mix it up :) May 16, 2014 at 11:43am Reply

  • Averie @ Averie Cooks: Hoisin, sesame oil, sriracha….oh boy, I want that dressing on everything! pinned :) May 16, 2014 at 9:52am Reply

  • Sammi: Girl, you have got my mouth watering! Sometimes I get in a “salad rut” where I seriously cannot think of any more salad combinations to make. I’m glad you posted this, because now I have another yummy salad to make!

    Sammi Sunshine
    A Food Blog May 16, 2014 at 9:16am Reply

  • Laura (Tutti Dolci): Chopped salads are my favorite, I think I just found tonight’s dinner! May 16, 2014 at 8:51am Reply

  • Matt Robinson: This is beautiful Jaclyn! We get bored with the same old salads too, especially Naomi. LOVE the use of cabbage and the marinated chicken. Perfect for summer! May 16, 2014 at 8:38am Reply

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