Thai Chicken Salad {Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free}

Thai Chicken Salad {Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free}

 This Chicken Salad recipe bursting with Thai and Asian flavors. Comes together in minutes and is made with chicken, cabbage, cilantro, green onions, cucumbers and a killer peanut based dressing. Gluten-Free and Dairy-Free too! 


I love salads. Like can’t get enough. If I’ve been without one for more than a few days I feel like my insides begin to wilt. Normally, I don’t even bother to plate my salads, I just toss all the ingredients together in a large dinner party sized bowl and eat it straight from there.

I love the crunch, the greens, the dressing, and that fact that I can have about 6000 bites before I’m full.

I simply love the act of eating, so the more bites I get to enjoy the better. There are only so many bites you can get out of a sandwich before you fill up, and it’s simply not enough for me.

I haven’t had a proper salad in a few days now, since we’ve been road tripping through Slovenia and Croatia and I can’t order a salad on the menu when I’ve got to try all the regional delicacies first (think truffle pasta in Istria, Croatia).

But I know what my body is really craving is a refreshing and crunchy salad.

So once I get to our next apartment rental in Zagreb, it’s the first thing I’m making.

This thai chicken salad takes on a bit of an Asian flavor profile with cabbage, peanuts, cilantro, cucumbers and a killer peanut based dressing.

I’m not a huge fan of peanut butter on its own, but as a dressing for salads or fresh spring rolls, I love it. With a combination like red chili peppers, garlic, soy sauce, lime juice, fish sauce, sesame oil and peanut butter you simply can’t go wrong. It’s nutty but spicy, and fragrant and sharp – just perfect for a refreshing extra large salad.




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Thai Chicken Salad

A chopped chicken salad bursting with Thai and Asian flavors. Comes together in minutes and is made with chicken, cabbage, cilantro, green onions, cucumbers and a killer peanut based dressing

15 minPrep Time

15 minTotal Time

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  • handful fresh cilantro, chopped
  • handful peanuts, chopped
  • a few green onions, chopped
  • 1-2 cucumber, cut into matchsticks
  • 1 head Napa or Chinese cabbage, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 rotisserie chicken, shredded
  • For the dressing:
  • 2 tablespoons peanut butter,
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1/4 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1/2-1 red chili pepper, seeds removed and chopped
  • 1 tablespoon gluten free tamari
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon fish sauce


  1. In a large bowl combine all the salad ingredients.
  2. In a small bowl combine the dressing ingredients, whisking until smooth and tasting as you go to adjust the flavor to your liking. Add more water as needed to thin the dressing out.
Cuisine: Thai | Recipe Type: Lunch


Recipe Adapted from Pinch of Yum


This post has been shared on Marvelous Mondays, Melt in Your Mouth Mondays Inspiration Monday, Mix It Up Monday, Mostly Homemade Mondays, Natural Living Mondays, Tasty Tuesdays, Totally Talented Tuesdays, Fat Tuesday, Real Food Wednesdays,  Gluten-Free Wednesdays, Wednesday Round Up, Allergy-Free Wednesdays, Wellness Wednesdays , Full Plate Thursdays, Simple Lives Thursday,  Pennywise Platter Thursday, Gluten Free Friday,  Simple Meals Friday 

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  1. says

    Wow, this looks REALLY good. I’m going to make this for sure! Thanks for linking w/ us at The Wednesday Roundup, I’ve pinned to both The Wednesday Roundup board and also my salad board

  2. says

    I am going to love this Thai Chicken Salad, it looks awesome! Thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and have a great weekend!
    Miz Helen

  3. says

    This looks really fresh and amazing Vicky! I am featuring your recipe this week on Allergy Free Wednesdays, thanks for sharing it!

  4. says

    Hi Vicky–Your salad looks awesome! Love the idea of cutting cucumbers into matchsticks. I’d suggest adding a note to readers to ensure that they use gluten-free fish sauce. Not all fish sauce is gluten free. Thanks for sharing on Gluten-Free Wednesdays. 🙂 I can’t wait to share with others. 😉


    • Vicky says

      Thanks so much! Great point about adding a note regarding the fish sauce and gluten free restrictions — I’ll have to add that in.

  5. says

    This looks so good! Perfect for summer. I’d love to have you link up to Savoring Saturdays. It will not be live until 7pm this Friday. You can link up here:

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