Vietnamese-Inspired Cabbage and Chicken Salad – SRC

by Suzanne on May 16, 2011

Cabbage Chicken Salad

This is the second post as part of The Secret Recipe Club (The SRC). And I am as thrilled with this recipe and the blogger that was picked for me this time as I was last month for the Coconut Banana Bread with Lime Sauce.

This month pick for this month was Vietnamese-Inspired Cabbage and Chicken Salad by Sarah from Simply Cooked. Check out the original recipe and other great eats on her blog!

As usual, I made a few substitutions because 1) ingredients my Mountain Man and I prefer and 2) ingredients I had on hand. The result is as follows. And by the way, we will be making and eating this again and again! Great for two people or for a potluck dinner. This is a great main dish or side for any occasion! For a meal, this will serve two. For a side, this will easily serve four.

Cabbage and Chicken Salad

Salad Ingredients:
8 oz. minced Chicken
1 tsp. Sea Salt, divided
1 medium Sweet Onion
1/2 large head of napa cabbage
1 large celery rib
1/4 Red Bell Pepper
2 Tbsp. fresh celery leaves

Salad Dressing:
4 Tbsp. Lime Juice
3 Tbsp. reduced sodium Soy Sauce
2 Tbsp. Blue Agave Nectar
1 Tbsp. Rice Wine Vinegar
1/4 tsp. crushed Red Pepper Flakes
Fresh cracked Black Pepper to taste

Add the chicken and 1 teaspoon salt to a small saucepan and cover with water. Bring to the boil then reduce to simmer for about 5 minutes to poach. Remove and drain the chicken and allow to cool while preparing the rest of the salad. Once cooled, mince into small pieces.

Slice the onion in half and then slice each half into very thin slices. Place in a large salad bowl.

Finely chop or shred the cabbage, celery and celery leaves. Add to bowl with onions.

Chop red bell pepper and add to salad bowl.

Combine all the dressing ingredients in a small jar. Shake to combine.

Add the chicken to the salad bowl and pour the dressing over the salad. Toss everything to combine.

This is a fabulous, light salad perfect for a healthy lunch, picnic dinner or a side dish. In fact, I’ve included the nutrition information for this one. May not be perfectly accurate, but it’s pretty darn close.

You’re gonna love this one. We certainly did!


MM: “Poached chicken?”
Me: “Yes, poached.”
MM: “Is that the same as boirled?”
Me: “Yes.”
MM: “I’m just a country boy.”
Me: “No, you’re a Mountain Man.”

Spring makes its own statement, so loud and clear that the gardener seems to be only one of the instruments, not the composer. ~Geoffrey B. Charlesworth


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Approximate Nutritional Information

Calories per serving 316
Total Fat 3.5g
Saturated Fat 1 g
Cholesterol 87mg
Sodium 1224mg
Total Carbohydrates 28.5g
Dietary Fiber 6.1g
Sugars 17.5g
Fiber 38.7g
Vit A 27%
Calcium 11%
Vit C 169%
Iron 15%
Based on a 2000 calorie diet

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Barb S May 16, 2011 at 6:30 AM

This is on my “to try” list! Wow, it looks good. Celery leaves? Really? I’ve only ever put those in soup. Did I mention I have to try this recipe?


Jeanette May 16, 2011 at 6:54 AM

Wow, I love the flavors in this napa cabbage salad! What a fun event this has been, a nice way to meet other bloggers and see all the wonderful treats everyone made!


itsybitsybrianna May 16, 2011 at 8:17 AM

This looks absolutely AMAZING!
please stop by and say hi


tastyeatsathome May 16, 2011 at 9:08 AM

I love me some vietnamese flavors in just about anything. This sounds delicious.


Amanda May 16, 2011 at 10:18 AM

Oh that sounds great Suzanne! I love chicken salad of any kind, so I’m sure i would love this. Thanks for playing along again!


megan May 16, 2011 at 10:24 AM

This sounds so good and so healthy. Great pick!!


Anne-Marie @ This Mama Cooks! May 16, 2011 at 12:07 PM

Love your dressing with the agave. This would be a great use of leftover roast chicken, too.


Shumaila May 16, 2011 at 1:17 PM

So this makes it two salads I want to try from your blog- the chicken pasta one and this one! Glad I got you for my first SRC assignment!


sara May 16, 2011 at 1:51 PM

This looks so fresh and delicious! Yum! 🙂 Great flavors.


Shelby May 16, 2011 at 6:05 PM

What a great looking dish – and I love the cabbage…I am a real cabbage lover – It seems like this one is going to definitely make it on MY table too!


Kristen May 16, 2011 at 7:49 PM

That dressing sounds amazing. I love cabbage salads that aren’t cole slaw. This is definitely one I would like to try.


Lisa @ Sweet as Sugar Cookies May 16, 2011 at 10:04 PM

Mmm, I could go for a salad like that any day.


Deeba @ PAB May 16, 2011 at 10:17 PM

Oh this is exciting Suzanne. I love the flavour combinations and the dressing has the zing I love! What a wonderful pick for the SRC … it’s versatile and fresh!


Tessa May 17, 2011 at 1:22 AM

I agree, this sounds like it would make a great lighter meal. I crave those as the weather warms up!


Jane Bonacci - The Heritage Cook May 17, 2011 at 3:22 AM

This is beautiful and it will be perfect for a warm weather dinner. Excellent choice of secret recipe!


Winnie May 17, 2011 at 9:03 AM

Looks so healthy and fantastic Suzanne! I just love the flavors in this salad 🙂


Anne May 17, 2011 at 11:50 AM

Looks fantastic!


eggscreamandhoney May 17, 2011 at 12:18 PM

Love all the ingredients Suzanne. Great way to serve chicken. This secret recipe club is turning out to be such fun!


Tami May 17, 2011 at 1:11 PM

I love this blog event because we get to see so many different types of recipes that I probably wouldn’t have come across on my own. This recipe is one of those. After seeing your dish, I would definitely try this. Love the first pic.


Claire May 17, 2011 at 5:28 PM

OH MY GOSH–that is another “print me”!!! xoxoxoxo


Delishhh May 17, 2011 at 11:24 PM

Very nice! I am a huge fan of Vietnamese food and this just looks simple and delicious. Love hopping around to see what everyone made.


Nutmeg Nanny May 18, 2011 at 3:55 PM

I love napa cabbage! It has such an amazing flavor. This salad looks like it would be perfect for a summer BBQ…yum!


Katherine May 20, 2011 at 10:24 AM

This recipe is delightful, great choice! My husband loves cabbage so I will have to make this asap!


sarah, simply cooked May 22, 2011 at 12:59 AM

Thanks so much for trying out this recipe. I’m glad you liked it. Your pictures are beautiful; the addition of the red pepper against the red cloth is lovely.


Renee - Kudos Kitchen June 2, 2011 at 2:07 PM

This looks light and refreshing. Perfect for a summer supper


Kathleen June 9, 2011 at 7:03 PM

This looks really delish! I love Napa cabbage


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