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Asian Spinach-Chicken Salad

Need a super-easy salad for a party? Try this Asian Spinach-Chicken Salad, packed with veggies and chicken, and tossed with a ginger-soy dressing!
Asian Spinach-Chicken Salad: a lifesaver when it comes to events.

In our neighborhood, we have a system. It’s an unofficially organized underground network of women who spontaneously know when it’s time to plan and carry out an event. Phew! That was a long sentence. Usually these events are showers for someone who’s engaged or having a baby. A month or two before the wedding or due date, the emails start flying and a party is quickly planned and executed. Some ladies are expert invitation-designers, some always host the party and others jump right into the menu. I NEVER do the invites (that might put me over the edge), I sometimes host, but I’m always all about planning the food! You gotta have really good food at an event. (Let’s be honest…the food is really why a lot of people attend a function, right?!)  This year, we’ve sort of peaked, I think. In our neighborhood, within just a few square blocks, we have nine….yes, NINE…weddings this spring/summer! That’s a lot of showers to give! But we are up to the task. We have this system DOWN.

Need a super-easy salad for a party? Try this Asian Spinach-Chicken Salad, packed with veggies and chicken, and tossed with a ginger-soy dressing!
We usually have a number of different salads, homemade breads and rolls, glistening fresh fruit platters and several yummy desserts. It’s really a delicious combo! Perfect food to please a group of women. Well, Asian Spinach-Chicken Salad is one of those recipes floating out there that quite often surfaces at these showers. It’s relatively quick to pull together, travels well and stands up to a few hours of sitting. Plus, everyone loves it. I am willing to bet there is someone reading this who has a party simmering out there in your near future. 4th of July? Family potluck reunion? Wedding shower? Here ya go. Grab your phone and give the host a quick text: “I’m bringing a yummy salad!” DONE.

Need a super-easy salad for a party? Try this Asian Spinach-Chicken Salad, packed with veggies and chicken, and tossed with a ginger-soy dressing!

Asian Spinach-Chicken Salad

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Yield: 8-10


  • One roasted chicken
  • 8 oz. corkscrew or other chunky pasta
  • 4 cups fresh spinach
  • 1 bunch green onions
  • 1 red or yellow pepper
  • 1/2 cup bean sprouts
  • 1/2 cup water chestnuts
  • Dressing
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 2/3 cup low-sodium soy sauce
  • 2/3 cup rice vinegar
  • 3-4 Tbsp. honey
  • 2-3 tsp. freshly grated ginger
  • 2 tsp. sesame oil


  1. Cut chicken into bite-sized pieces.
  2. Cook pasta until al dente. Drain and cool.
  3. Wash spinach.
  4. Chop veggies into small pieces.
  5. For dressing, blend all ingredients until incorporated well. Adjust seasonings to taste.
  6. Toss salad in large bowl and add dressing to taste before serving.


*Add mandarin oranges or fresh orange pieces for a sweeter taste.

*For some crunch, add peanuts, almonds or fried wonton strips.

*If you make ahead of time, put chicken and pasta in a large bowl with a little dressing for several hours. It will soak up the dressing flavors. Toss and dress the rest of the salad right before serving.

*For a gluten-free option, you can leave out the pasta and use GF soy sauce or coconut aminos in dressing.


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  • Reply Christine - Jar Of Lemons June 23, 2016 at 8:48 am

    Yum! This sounds amazing. That sauce looks especially amazing!

    • Reply Elizabeth June 23, 2016 at 9:41 am

      Christine, hope you like it! It’s one of our tried-and-true basics. Happy summer!

  • Reply Kari June 23, 2016 at 9:02 am

    Yum! That sounds like a delicious way to eat spinach!

    • Reply Elizabeth June 23, 2016 at 9:42 am

      Kari, yep! Any creative way to add more greens is a winner, we think. Hope you like it!

  • Reply candy June 23, 2016 at 5:48 pm

    This salad would make a perfect luncheon dish for when I it is my turn to host.

  • Reply Dia All The Things I Do June 23, 2016 at 8:19 pm

    This looks so good! I bet it’s full of so much flavor!

  • Reply Amanda June 24, 2016 at 2:22 pm

    This is such a yummy looking, colorful salad- I would totally make this (minus the bean sprouts hehe!) Thanks for sharing!

    • Reply Elizabeth June 25, 2016 at 9:17 am

      Amanda, it is pretty to look at. Hope you love it!

  • Reply Liz Mays June 24, 2016 at 5:23 pm

    Yes, I can absolutely see this being a hit with a group of people. I’m pinning this one to try! It looks delicious!

    • Reply Elizabeth June 25, 2016 at 9:18 am

      Liz, such an easy recipe for a crowd. Hope you like it, too!

  • Reply Shelly June 24, 2016 at 5:35 pm

    Thanks for sharing this! I love salads!

  • Reply Jessica June 25, 2016 at 7:22 am

    This sounds so easy! I’m usually intimidated about cooking anything Asian inspired because I’m just so unfamiliar with combining the tastes. But this, this is doable!

    • Reply Elizabeth June 25, 2016 at 9:19 am

      Jessica, this is such an easy recipe. Maybe it will inspire you to do more Asian! Have fun:)

  • Reply Kristen from The Road to Domestication June 26, 2016 at 8:10 pm

    Ooo! I have been craving salads this trimester, and this looks amazing!!!

    • Reply Elizabeth June 27, 2016 at 1:00 pm

      Kristen, wow! Lucky you’re craving salads. I always craved milkshakes, French fries, etc…. Hope you love this one!

  • Reply Leslie Rossi | alifewellconsumed June 26, 2016 at 11:25 pm

    that dressing sounds amazeballs!


    • Reply Sarah July 2, 2016 at 7:21 pm

      Leslie, it is a yummy one! Amazeballs describes it spot-on 😉

  • Reply The Southern Stylista July 2, 2016 at 12:52 pm

    This sounds so yummy! I’m always needing a new salad recipe for showers at our church or in my friend group, or even for a saturday night bbq!

    xoxo, SS

    Southern And Style

    • Reply Sarah July 2, 2016 at 7:21 pm

      Yes! It’s definitely our go-to salad for events. So simple and delicious! Hope you like it 🙂

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