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A delicious and flavorful salad that is packed with leafy romaine, red cabbage, chicken, carrots, and almonds. The pasta adds a unique and perfect texture and the sesame dressing is perfect on top!chinese chicken pasta salad on a white plate.

I love a good salad. Can you tell? I have been trying to post one once a week and I make them all of the time. Since making healthier lifestyle choices, I have been incorporating a lot of good salads into the diet.

I used to hate salad. Did you know that? I used to gag them down. So I am a firm believer that anyone can come to love salads. I started by wrapping chicken into a romaine leaf and eating it. Slowly I got used to the taste. Then I discovered how delicious salads can be. I have come a long way from my wrapping lettuce around chicken days. I actually prefer a good salad over a burger. The right salad can be full of flavor and textures, and this salad was just that!!

chicken chicken pasta salad ingredients on a white plate

This salad is full of all kinds of amazing stuff. I actually was inspired by this recipe by one of my favorite salads here on the blog. It is so fun combining things from all of my favorite salads and making one incredible salad.

And this one…. it became an instant favorite!

chinese salad on a white plate.

Not only was the flavor absolutely incredible, but the pasta texture added to it was awesome. I love incorporating pasta into a leafy salad. All of the flavors combined to make this salad truly amazing.

chinese chicken salad on a white plate.

You are going to love everything as much as I did about this salad. The sesame dressing on top is absolutely incredible. It was the perfect finishing touch to this mouthwatering salad. It will become an instant favorite at your house too! It will be one that you will make again and again!

chinese salad on a white plate

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Chinese Chicken Pasta Salad with Sesame Dressing

By: Alyssa Rivers
A delicious and flavorful salad that is packed with leafy romaine, red cabbage, chicken, carrots, and almonds.  The pasta adds a unique and perfect texture and the sesame dressing is perfect on top!
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 6 Servings


Sesame Dressing:


  • In a large bowl combine chicken, romaine lettuce, rotini pasta, red cabbage, red onion, shredded carrots, almonds, and chow main noodles. Toss and season with salt and pepper.

To make the dressing:

  • Whisk the vegetable oil, rice vinegar, sesame oil, honey, dijon mustard, soy sauce, sesame seeds, and salt and pepper. Drizzle over the salad and toss, or pour over individual servings.


Calories: 314kcalCarbohydrates: 39gProtein: 12gFat: 13gSaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 14mgSodium: 336mgPotassium: 300mgFiber: 4gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 4020IUVitamin C: 11mgCalcium: 58mgIron: 2mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Salad
Cuisine: Chinese
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About Alyssa Rivers

Alyssa Rivers is the author of 'The Tried and True Cookbook', a professional food photographer and experienced recipe-developer. Having a passion for cooking, her tried and true recipes have been featured on Good Morning America, Today Food, Buzzfeed and more.

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  1. I made this last week and swapped out the romaine for a bag of lettuce shreds (you know, it’s what I had on hand). It was delicious. Thanks so much for a great recipe.

  2. This is a very yummy salad! The only thing I will do differently next time is to top individual servings with the chow mein noodles and almonds rather than mix them in to the salad because they quickly lose their crunch. Thank you!

  3. YUM . . . . . . I can’t wait to make this salad and the Thai Cashew Chopped Salad for my ladies group. Thank you for all your wonderful recipes 🙂

  4. I can see this salad quickly becoming a favorite in our house as well! It’s gorgeous and love those flavors!!