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. Absolutely loved it, but didn’t look like pic! Mine was darker! How could it not be, with balsamic vinegar and soy sauce? Yours looked light, a little more appetizing, but it was delish! I halved the recipe, cuz it was really only for 2 of us! It made a lot? Tip: Next time, I would only put dressing on what we were going to eat. Just wasn’t as good, the next day. Don’t get me wrong, it was still good, but much better, fresh mixed. Of course, don’t put sesame stix in, til you eat. They would be gross! It would be great for potluck! I wouldn’t put dressing on, til you serve it! We just LOVED it. Just had leftovers for lunch! Thanks for the delicious recipe!

  2. We loved it! I made it yesterday for hubby and I. Perfect Sunday lunch!

  3. I love a salad with cranberries in it! So delicious!

  4. This looks amazing! I can’t wait to try it!

  5. Can you use Ramen noodles instead of sesame sticks?

  6. I cannot wait to make this – it looks totally delicious. I love the bright colors!

  7. Do you have any ideal what the calorie count is for this

  8. I love it! Thanks so much for the awesome recipe!

  9. Getting together with friends is so important – especially dinner together. I love this salad. It’s a wonderful addition to any gathering!

  10. This is so up my alley! I love these flavors!

  11. One of my favorite salads and I love the chicken and cranberries together with these flavors!

  12. Sandy, you always make the best salads that I want to devour! Another winner!

  13. Yay for cranberries! And what a nice way to up the game for regular chicken salad. Filing this one away for entertaining.

  14. This salad is fantastic just the way it is. Of course, that’s a LOT of oil, so I use a little less dressing, but with that amount of cabbage it does take quite a bit. This salad is best fresh. If making it a day ahead. do not add the dressing, chicken and sesame sticks until serving.

  15. I’d like to try making Asian Chicken Cranberry Salad.
    Can I use ground ginger instead of minced ginger. Ginger is so difficult to deal with…hard to mince.
    Would it make that much of a difference? Thank you.
    Ruth Palacio

  16. This salad is delicious! We loved it!!! Definitely making it again! 

  17. How long will this keep in refrigerator?  Can you make it day before? If so, would you wait to put on dressing until your ready to serve or before?

  18. This is amazing!  We enjoyed it for Dinner!  Thank you.  We only used half of the dressing…it was plenty.

  19. Sandy, I made this for dinner tonight and we absolutely loved it. Thank you for a fabulous recipe. I’ll be making it again. The dressing in particular is just perfect. Xoxo -Maggy

  20. Very tasty! The only changes I made were to omit the cilantro and sesame sticks. Will definitely make again. Thanks for the recipe!

  21. My family enjoys flavorful meals, but the dressing totally overpowered the salad. Love the salad ingredients, will use a different dressing next time.

  22. I absolutely love this salad. Would like to know know the nutritional value please. 

  23. Where the actual receive list dressing ingredients

  24. Love, love, love this recipe!! It makes a lot which means it works great for leftovers! Many Asian style salads like this call for peanut butter in the dressing and greatly appreciate this being different! Delicious recipe…a must try!!

  25. This salad is amazing. I believe it’s just as good or better than anything at Panera.

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