Do you love a good Asian Chicken Salad? Try the flavors of this Asian Chicken Cranberry Salad; delicious potluck, holiday salad or main dish! 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. You may also want to try my One Pot Asian Braised Beef or Corn Cabbage Tangy Cole Slaw Recipe which is delicious served on these Slow Cooker Barbecue Chuck Roast Sandwiches.

And friends, have you bought my new cookbook? Buy Big Boards for Families today! It’s “editor’s pick” on Amazon this month!

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!

bowl of Asian Chicken Cranberry Salad

Ingredients for Asian Chicken Salad

  • Coleslaw mix
  • Rotisserie chicken
  • Toasted sliced almonds, or cashews
  • Dried cranberries, we use Orange Cranberries from Trader Joe’s
  • Red onion
  • Sesame sticks (found in the bulk aisle at grocery store – optional)
  • Chopped cilantro
  • Black sesame seeds
  • Extra-virgin olive oil
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Low-sodium soy sauce
  • Minced garlic
  • Honey or brown sugar
  • Minced ginger
  • Toasted sesame oil (or more to taste)

Make entertaining moments happen

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 (buy the book!)

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!

big white bowl of 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.

delicious bowl of Asian Chicken Salad

How to serve Asian Slaw Salad

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!

More Asian salad recipes:

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

Asian Chicken Salad with cranberries on top


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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.


  • 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.)


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