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 2 votes

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

Servings: 4 servings
Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes


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*
Fat 25g38%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 36mg12%
Sodium 1065mg46%
Potassium 696mg20%
Carbohydrates 13g4%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 18g36%
Vitamin A 665IU13%
Vitamin C 35.6mg43%
Calcium 164mg16%
Iron 2.1mg12%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chicken salad, chopped salad
Calories: 354 kcal
Author: Jaclyn
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  • Allison: I’ve made this many times – it’s a family favorite. Very flavorful, healthy and fresh. June 18, 2019 at 5:24pm Reply

  • Kathleen Jones: My first ever comment to any site.🤔 I had to let you know what a wonderful website (page?)you have. I loved that the option to go straight to the recipe! Your whole site is fantastic! June 10, 2019 at 9:57pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks for the compliments! June 10, 2019 at 11:37pm Reply

  • Elle's Edit: My Favorite Easy Recipes | The Champagne Edit: […] Grilled Ginger-Sesame Chicken Chopped Salad […] August 23, 2018 at 4:01am Reply

  • Emily Kemp: Wow, such a delicious looking summer salad! July 18, 2018 at 1:10am Reply

  • Karla Benson: This was fantastic! The marinade was outstanding! January 27, 2018 at 9:29pm Reply

  • Ivana: Made the recipe couple days ago and love it! So simple and love the dressing on the chicken. What do you think of it for next day – cold salad , would still be fine ? January 8, 2018 at 6:31pm Reply

  • Suzanne Herbruck: If you don’t want your recipies shared on Pinterest, why do you have the Pinterest log on your website? April 25, 2017 at 11:59am Reply

    • Jaclyn: I share all of my recipes to Pinterest so I’m not sure what you mean? April 25, 2017 at 8:24pm Reply

    • Theresa: I agree, Pinterest just emailed to me that this has to be deleted from my pinning on pinterest. WHY????? April 25, 2017 at 11:07pm Reply

  • Kit White: Hi, I just received an email that Pinterest had to remove my Pinning of this great recipe. They said it was a copyright complaint from your site. I was not the original pinner. I’d like to keep the recipe on my salad board. Would this be OK? I do see several spots where you have imbedded links to share/save recipes and found the Pinterest email confusing. Thanks, Kit April 25, 2017 at 11:14am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Yes I just got a notice on my pins I pinned too and they removed them. I didn’t file the complaint I love having my recipes pinned, sorry it happened! April 25, 2017 at 8:26pm Reply

      • Kit White: So what do we do now? I think it might be a good idea for you to contact Pinterest to find out why and who registered the complaint as it is your site that is being referenced. April 26, 2017 at 6:42am Reply

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