54 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 36
  • 4 star values: 11
  • 3 star values: 5
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 0

This is a crisp lettuce salad with a zippy sweet and sour dressing. Always a hit at a gathering, but doesn't store well. Very quick to prepare at the last minute.

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Ingredients

9
Original recipe yields 9 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified

Directions

  • In a small bowl, whisk together the oil, vinegar, sugar, salt, pepper, and poppy seeds, and set aside. Wash lettuce and tear into bite-sized pieces. To a large bowl, first add the lettuce, then the onions, water chestnuts, and chicken. Just before serving, top with the almonds, noodles and dressing, and toss lightly.

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Nutrition Facts

335 calories; 24.1 g total fat; 12 mg cholesterol; 219 mg sodium. 23.6 g carbohydrates; 9.2 g protein; Full Nutrition


Reviews (43)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
01/05/2005
This is my son's favorite salad. I used 1 tablespoon of Splenda instead of 4 tablespoons of sugar and I also added 1/4 cup of peanut oil for flavor. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
03/07/2017
The actual salad was great. The dressing was horrible. Way too sweet and bland besides. The flavor just did not complement the salad at all. I can't even think of a way to help it. Thankfully I did not mix the dressing into the salad so I can just use a different dressing. Read More
54 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 36
  • 4 star values: 11
  • 3 star values: 5
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 4 stars
06/16/2005
A PERFECT dressing for oriental salads!! Giving only 4 stars because I DID mix in a little Sesame Seed oil along with the vegetable oil and added bean sprouts shredded cabbage and snow peas to the other ingredients in the salad. Also substituted shredded baked wontons (from another recipe on this site) for the chow mein noodles. My husband said this was the best oriental salad he's ever tasted. Read More
(34)
Rating: 5 stars
01/05/2005
This is my son's favorite salad. I used 1 tablespoon of Splenda instead of 4 tablespoons of sugar and I also added 1/4 cup of peanut oil for flavor. Read More
(25)
Rating: 5 stars
01/25/2004
People always ask me to make this for get-togethers and it's the only lettuce salad my husband will eat. The dressing is delicious and it's a favorite of everyone's. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/03/2008
I modified the recipe a bit. I didn't have chow mein noodles or water chestnuts used dry roasted peanuts instead of almonds and added mandarin oranges. It was great! The dressing (I used white wine vinegar) is really what brings the whole salad together no matter what ingredients you have in it. Read More
(18)
Rating: 5 stars
12/13/2010
Loved this salad! For the chicken on top I cut chicken breast into thin strips and dipped it in an egg/hoisen sauce mixture breaded with crused cornflakes and fried. May add mandarin oranges next time as well. Will make again. Read More
(13)
Rating: 4 stars
05/25/2008
I tried this recipe for my husband who loves a Chinese Chicken Salad at a local restaurant. For ease in preparation I used a bag of pre-made salad which had carrots and red cabbage and left-over rotisserie chicken. Also as suggested by another reviewer I added mandarin oranges. With these changes this salad was easily made within 8 minutes - great for busy weeknights. However the dressing was a bit bland. The recipe doesn't state which vinegar to use so I would conclude she meant white vinegar. I suggest you use cider vinegar to give it some zing. Also you may want to add a couple of teaspoons of Teriyaki sauce. I think that really helped it a lot. Although the dressing needs to be tweeted a bit for personal taste it is a recipe worth trying and keeping. We really enjoyed it. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/03/2008
Loved the water chestnuts and almonds. I also added mandarin oranges for color and texture. Read More
(10)
Rating: 5 stars
05/26/2006
I have made this recipe many many times and everyone ALWAYS loves it. My married daughter begs me to make it for every family get together. And...It is so simple to make. Read More
(8)
Rating: 5 stars
06/01/2010
I made this today and it was a great hot weather salad to have with leftover rotisserie chicken that I got at the grocery store earlier this week. I added about 1 T of sesame oil to the oil and also used 1/2 olive and 1/2 veg. oil (using the tablespoon of sesame oil to fill up the 1/2 c. I used rice wine vinegar. I added a large can of mandarin oranges and pea pods (cut in half). I used rice noodles instead of chow mein noodles. If I had ginger on hand I would have grated some in the dressing. I think I'll leave the poppy seeds out next time. They really don't add much. This was a very nice salad! Read More
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