Asian Chicken Cranberry Salad

Do you love a good Asian Chicken Salad? Then you’ll love the flavors of this Asian Chicken Cranberry Salad, a delicious salad or main dish that is popular at any potluck or holiday party! WATCH THE VIDEO.

Easy Asian Chicken Cranberry Salad

A friend and I were recently discussing entertaining, the value of relationships, and why it’s important to regularly get together with good friends over a tasty meal.

Asian Chicken Salad

But first, this simple Asian Chicken Salad is perfect for Mother’s Day, Memorial Day, Father’s Day, and the summer months ahead! The ingredients of this Asian Chicken Cranberry Salad are so versitile, but the real flavor is in the dressing! Watch the video below to see how delicious and easy this recipe is.

Oh, and by the way, it’s a GREAT potluck dish that is devoured every time we bring this salad!

Easy Asian Chicken Cranberry Salad Recipe

I always love to challenge readers to not waste time, make entertaining moments happen, work on relationships, and spend time with people who will help you become a better person.

It works the other way, too. I understand that not every entertaining moment is glorious and golden, but the benefits outweight not getting together with people!

Dr. Brene Brown is a favorite author of mine. My husband introduced me to her when she wrote her first book, and I’ve recommended her writing to many.

Her message is freeing—about vulnerability, being authentic and real with others, and why connection matters.

“Living a connected life ultimately is about setting boundaries, spending less time and energy hustling and winning over people who don’t matter, and seeing the value of working on cultivating connection with family and close friends.” ― Brené Brown, Daring Greatly

I want to be one of those people who lives a rich life, surrounded by love and people.

Change entertaining habits.

This may be the season that you change your entertaining habits, and even some friendships (it doesn’t mean you dump the friends, you just change the boundaries), and you create a goal of making new connections.

An example might be instead of doing casual pizza every Friday night, maybe invite 2 or 3 people over for a sit-down meal. Or making an Epic Charcuterie Board and make this the main dish. Remember you don’t have to do it all; ask guests to bring a dish! (Above: Mother’s Day flowers from my sweet family last weekend, in my nice clean kitchen that isn’t always that nice and clean. :) And do you spy my giant charcuterie board? Yup, that’s where I store it.)

Or, start hosting a Sunday Soup Night (or afternoon) where you invite the neighbors.

If you don’t like to cook, figure out your budget and invite a couple or two out to dinner 2 times a month.

Just try something new!

The results of entertaining are connection and deeper relationships with others. It’s great to make new friends, to visit with old friends, and really, if you have a family, it’s one of the greatest gifts that you can hand down to your children: the gift of a hospitable heart.

Asian Chicken Cranberry Salad

Asian Chicken Cranberry Salad

Recently at a party I offered to help by bringing one of my favorite salads that everyone loves, Asian Chicken Cranberry Salad.

It’s the perfect dish to take to a party, especially if you double the recipe and serve it in a giant bowl (feeds a crowd).

The sweet and tangy dressing with a hint of sesame combined with crisp, thinly chopped cabbage, crunchy, salty sesame sticks, dried orange cranberries, chicken, toasted almonds and plenty of fresh cilantro, makes every bite sensational.

Asian Chicken Cranberry Salad Recipe

It can be served as a main dish, or a side salad, and I promise, it’s always the first to go. It’s just that good! You can bring the salad to a party in a large bowl, or serve it at home in individual bowls.

Even with the dressing on, if you’re lucky and you have leftovers, it makes for a good leftover wrap the next day.

Remember, chicken is optional. Make the dressing up and store it in a canning jar.

You can toss right before serving, or even a bit in advance. The cabbage does not get soggy! YAY!

I’m not a fan of soggy salads.

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Asian Chicken Cranberry Salad

Toast almonds by laying on a paper towel and microwaving for 1 minute, turning once. Or, toast the sliced almonds under low broil for 2-3 minutes, until golden brown. You can also make your own cabbage mix with green and purple cabbage with a tiny bit of carrots.
Prep Time15 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Salad
Cuisine: Chinese
Keyword: asian salad, chicken salad
Servings: 8


  • 2 small bags of coleslaw mix about 12 cups
  • 4 cups rotisserie chicken finely chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups toasted sliced almonds or cashews
  • 1 1/2 cup dried cranberries I used Orange Cranberries from Trader Joe’s
  • 3/4 cup red onion finely diced
  • 1 cup sesame sticks found in the bulk aisle at grocery store – optional
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped cilantro
  • 1/4 cup black sesame seeds
  • 1 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 4 Tbsp.  low-sodium soy sauce
  • 3-4 cloves garlic chopped
  • 4 Tbsp.  honey or brown sugar
  • 4 Tbsp.  minced ginger
  • 2 tsp.  toasted sesame oil


  • 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.
  • Combine the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, soy sauce, garlic, honey, ginger, and sesame oil in a blender. Add 3 tablespoons of water. Process until smooth.
  • Lightly pour the dressing over the salad mixture, according to how moist you like the salad. Gently toss and serve. (You may have a little dressing left over.)


More Asian salad recipes: Asian Marinated Cucumber Salad [The Food Charlatan], Asian Cabbage Salad with Sriracha and Sesame [Kalyn’s Kitchen].

Best Asian Chicken Cranberry Salad Recipe

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81 comments on “Asian Chicken Cranberry Salad”

  1. Excited to try this! Was thinking of serving with some type of bread or something? What could go along with it? :) thanks! 

  2. Simply incredible! This salad is so tremendously flavorful and has all the right textures. Served it at a dinner party and everyone asked for the recipe afterward. Thank you – this one will be on rotation at our house!

  3. Sandy- if you served this as a main dish, what else would you serve with it?  Thanks!  I just found your site….think I am gonna love it!

    • Yay, welcome to RE! I’d serve a really good bread and probably fruit (or fruit salad). It’s yummy served as a main dish! :)

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