Asian Chicken Salad

I’m still obsessed with mayo. Since I figured out how to make it in seriously 30 seconds, I haven’t been able to stop. And all I think about is new ways to mix it up. Hence Asian mayo. I want to create every sort of mayo possible to make every sort of chicken salad possible. I LOVE chicken salad. And it’s going to save me a balls ton of money since I won’t be buying Whole Foods chicken salad. That sh*t is $11.99/lb. Crazy sh*t right there.

I absolutely ABSOLUTELY, never ever ever want to see the movie ‘The Conjuring’. No. No way. I truly hate scary movies. Especially true story ones. Now that’s just effed up.

Speaking of scary, sneezing while driving is especially frightening. My allergies are a bit out of control right now and I sneeze every time I drive. I’m pretty sure it’s more dangerous than drinking while driving or texting while driving. But it’s legal. Well, that’s all I have to say about that.

I’ve officially had to block 2 people on Instagram. I didn’t think that would ever have to happen. But some guy was real mean and the other guy was real crazy. Both had nothing to do with food or paleo or my blog, just hatred towards me. It’s odd. Girls are usually the mean ones, not bros. Oh how things change as you age. Girls just become way cooler.

It’s strange. I only follow people I want to follow on Instagram. Then envy their lives. Do you ever do that? I totally do. That’s why I follow mostly non-paleo people. I envy their delicious meals and drool over their Instagrams. Non paleo food tends to be more exciting to look at. Just another fact.

Guess what? I leave for South Dakota this week. Never been. I’m going to pose next to those huge heads carved into the mountains. Who doesn’t love giant head pictures? I got a big one, got to show it off next those great heads. Just you wait.


Asian Chicken Salad

  • Yield: 3-4 1x



For the salad

  • 11.5 pounds chicken, cooked, cooled and chopped
  • 1/4 cup red cabbage, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup green cabbage, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 white onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 small carrot, minced
  • 3 celery stalks, diced
  • chopped green onions, to garnish
  • 34 tablespoons sliced almonds, to garnish

For the asian mayo

  • ⅔ cup avocado oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon sriracha
  • 1 teaspoon raw honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon coconut aminos (or gluten free soy sauce)


  1. In a tall container, add egg, lemon juice, dijon mustard, garlic powder, and a bit of salt and pepper. Place your immersion blender to the bottom of the container, turn on and wait until the mixture thickens. You may need to raise the immersion blender a bit to help mix all of the oil.
  2. Then use a spoon to mix in sesame oil, sriracha, honey, and coconut aminos.
  3. Place in refrigerator to cool.
  4. While the mayo cools, mix together the chicken, cabbage, onion, carrot, and celery in a large bowl.
  5. Then place sliced almonds in a small skillet over medium heat to toast. The will just need to toast for about 5-7 minutes until slightly browned. And toasty. Mmmm.
  6. Add all of the mayo to the chicken salad ingredients and mix well.
  7. Garnish with toasted almonds and green onions.

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72 thoughts on “Asian Chicken Salad”

  1. This looks awesome!

    I love South Dakota! There’s a lot of other things to see besides Mt. Rushmore…if you go to Custer State Park which is right down the highway from Rushmore, you’ll see a ton of buffalo! You should also drive through the needles…I think it’s called Needles Highway…it’s right around there too. And at least play a slot machine or two in Deadwood, it’s a dorky little touristy casino town, but so fun!

    1. I forgot one more thing in SD, Crow Peak Brewing Co. in Spearfish. I know you just posted about not being into drinking that much anymore and I’m right there with you! But this brewery is cute and there’s a really cool farmer’s market across the street, so it’s worth it 🙂

  2. Can I ask a silly question and don’t laugh, but how safe to use raw eggs for the mayo? I’ve always shied away from it bc of that ewwee factor. This recipe sounds really good altho I haven’t gotten my hands on avocado oil yet.

  3. mmm this looks so so good!! i have a mayo obsession, too. if you think sneezing while driving is terrifying, try sneezing while parking. i never had allergies then they smacked me in the face one year, and while i was parking, i sneezed, took my foot off the brake and bumped the car next to me. i left a note because i’m a good person.

  4. Enjoy SD, Custer State Park is Stunning and you’ll see tons of animals and the Badlands are one of my favorite places to go to find a little peace.

    1. I’m trying to answer @rene….avocado oil has less ‘taste’ IF you use olive oil, use a extra light….. (at that’s my experience on it!?)

      love sriracha, love juli, love making mayo, love chicken salad….love make aheads….

      “I”m so happyyyyy!”

      1. I have tried the mayo with Avocado oil and couldn’t stand it. Is there a certain type of AO I should be getting? The bottle I got was a super dark green oil and not at all good (to me) I don’t care too much for the mayos made with olive oil either as I always end up with a slight metallic taste. Can anyone help??

    1. I noticed that too! I assume you add the oil the same time you add the egg? Also, ‘gluten free’ soy sauce is called: Tamari – 😉 Gonna try this recipe today. Sounds delish!

    2. @Liese… Juli has a post within the past month I think about her new method for making mayo with an immersion blender. So that has the deets, but basically you throw everything in there and blend. None of that special adding oil slowly stuff. Super easy!

  5. Do you plan on stopping at any boxes? Because if you stop at Black Hills Crossfit in Rapid City I want a heads up. A friend coaches there, and I want to meet you despite the fact I’m in Fargo ND and that’s like 8 hours away, because I’m convinced we could be best friends, even though I generally don’t like girls as friends. I like to eat, drink, and lift things. See? BFF’s! And now you’re probably creeped out and I’d be the next one blocked from instagram. JK.

  6. Sneezing while driving is probably one of my biggest fears! Do you know how awkward and uncomfortable it feels to try and keep your eyes open while sneezing? SUPER awkward and uncomfortable, but I’m sure you already knew that since you share the same feelings about it.

    Can’t wait to try this recipe!

  7. You would have my undying gratitude if you post a video making the 30-second mayo. I have tried that trick at least 5 times and it never works for me. I get oil mixed with yolk chunklets 🙁

  8. I can’t even handle the commercials for the Conjuring! Might have to stop watching TV until after it premiers and the commercials stop. Then stop watching TV again when they start offering it up on DVD around Halloween.

  9. Juli – totally off topic but I wanted to ask you, did you ever figure out the issues with your skin? you look so beautiful in all your recent pics (not that you werent before, come on!) but your skin is glowing! what did the derm prescribe for you? =) thanks !

  10. I figured I better recommend some places to eat since everyone else is talking about what to do and see. How come they didn’t recommend food first, I’ll never know! 🙂 Anyways, in Hill City you have to go to Alpine Inn. It is a simple, streamlined menu…bacon wrapped filet, baked potato, and wedge of lettuce with homemade ranch. But they KNOW filet. And do it right. Plus, if you are willing to break and cheat a bit, their desserts are good!

    Rapid: Wine Cellar (excellent tapas), Firehouse (if you like a beer)

    Deadwood: Chubby Chipmunk Chocolates. Amazing…(again, if you want to cheat, but SO worth it if you do!)

    Spearfish: The Green Bean (coffee), Roma’s (used to be excellent..haven’t been there in quite a few years though)

    1. Oh my God, I love the Alpine Inn! A simple wedge salad, an awesome filet… and I ALWAYS leave room for their bread pudding! SOOO good!

  11. This looks amazing! I’m newly allergic to raw carrots and celery (wtf for sure!) I hope it will still be good when I omit those!!! Love your blog!!

  12. I totally do that on Instagram. I follow all these people who call themselves “fitties” and eat egg white omlettes and whole grain bread and gourmet variations of oatmeal. Oh and they bring a whole new definition to chronic cardio. I don’t know why I think it’s because of the oatmeal; its the only thing I really miss since going grain-free. P.S 30 second mayo?? Where have you been all my life?!

  13. Instagram brings out the crazy in people, for some reason! I’m surprised by the mean things that people say. So strange… WAY more aggressive than passive-aggressive facebook postings.
    My head is enormous! My Husband’s is tiny. We’ve found that if he is slightly in front of me in pics it gives the illusion that we are closer in head circumference. Weird. big heads unite!

  14. OMG — haha oh boy I just realized how cliche that was..anyway. This sounds BANANAS good! I am an on again, off again Paleo-er and it’s recipes like this that whip me back into shape. My aunt used to make this amazing chicken salad where she minced the chicken really finely as well — everything is the same size and it’s perfect for lettuce wraps!

  15. I have a mayo obsession as well – and a sneezing problem. I always sneeze in fives, which is really not fun while driving…or doing anything for that matter because ppl always comment or say “bless you” five times in a row and then laugh (which is really annoying). I love chicken salad and will def give this a try – thanks for your awesome recipes!!

    1. My husband sneezes in multiples… now that I’m aware I wait until the last sneeze to “bless him”… although sometimes a slow one sneaks in 🙂

  16. South Dakota welcomes you! I hope you have lots of fun while you’re here. Check out Bear Country if you want to see bears, wolves, etc. walk right up to your car. Keep your windows rolled up! 🙂 You’ve also GOT to check out the Badlands. Amazing.

  17. This recipe is just outstanding. If you’re looking for an amazing source of heritage breeds and truly free-range chicken, we have a local farm in Florida, Pasture Prime Family Farm, that supplies the best tasting chicken we’ve ever had. You can Google their website and order online. The quality of the chicken really does make a huge difference in how this dish turns out!

  18. Try some homeopathics for your allergies, they rock! I use one called poumon histamine, works great, way less symptoms.

  19. Juli – this is the best, most appealing picture so far! You are getting really good with the set up and whole arrangement thing 🙂

  20. I’m obsessed with whole foods chicken salads too!!! Can you make the curried chicken salad they have???? I would legitimately love you forever if you did!

  21. This tasted AMAZING. I have a question though…my mayo had more of a salad dressing consistency, and wasn’t as thick as any mayo i’ve seen before. It was my first time making paleo mayo so I wasn’t sure what to expect…is that how its supposed to be or did i do something wrong? I’m just wondering so I can perfect the recipe next time 🙂

  22. I am going to try this recipe out! Just started Paleo and so thankful I found your blog!

    FYI, saw The Conjuring yesterday. It’s not that scary, more suspenseful. I liked it, but then again I like these types of movies.

  23. Thanks for another great recipe! Mayo turned out great and this is easy enough to make during the week for lunches.

  24. I’ve been dying to try making my own mayo – chicken salad being a great motivator! Is there a special brand of avocado oil that you recommend?

  25. So I’ve made the mayo a couple of times. It’s super runny. Any suggestions? My partner joked that I should add flour. He’s so helpful.

      1. Well maybe it’s because I’m not using an immersion blender (mostly because I don’t have one). I’ve been using a mini food processor. My kitchen utensils and machines are sad. And I so want to make some sweet potato ice cream. 🙁

  26. Just made this all last night, threw all the ingredients together this morning, and eating right now for lunch. It’s awesome! Only bobble on my end is that I forgot to bring the almonds with me to! 🙁 I realized it just as I was reading over the recipe. This was the first time I made mayo on my own and I was scared. Luckily it was crazy easy and it worked out perfectly!

  27. How about using extra virgin coconut oil, instead of olive oil?
    I’m on this coconut kick, reading on how it is so much better for you on so many different levels the use of it is un-limited.
    What do you all think?…would it be alright for the Paleo world? Also, I want to Thank you for the recipe’s very nice of you to post! I have been eating gluten free for quite a while now- due to being allergic to Wheat. I lost a lot of weight eating gluten free….But, I can eat rice- tapioca- almond- type flour’s. When I started introducing such flour’s in my diet the weight stopped coming off- so this diet looks very interesting to me. I need to loose about 20- more pounds.
    Anyone have any testimonies on Paleo Diet as in difference in health & weight loss?
    Thanks again 🙂

  28. This looks absolutely amazing… I try to avoid eggs as I have a slight allergy… do you think I could? I do indulge some times. I guess the egg gives it “thickness”, right? Everything else sound DELICIOUS!!!!!

  29. After your post made it sound like heaven on earth to make mayo, I put on my big girl pants and did it. I used the food processor and it worked ok. I think it didn’t really thicken until I put it in the fridge.
    The recipe is bomb, except maybe the onion. Maybe I used too much or am too self-conscious, but I couldn’t handle te intense onion in my mouth the rest of the day. Was the onion really strong when you made this?
    Ps- I cheated and used the pre chopped slaw mix for allt he veggies. makes this whole thing take about 57 seconds to make.

  30. This is my hubby’s favorite recipe! Feeds us all week and we never get sick of it. I can’t believe how easy it is and now that I found Avacado oil at costo it’s affordable too!

  31. We loved this! We added more cabbage because I never know what to do with extra cabbage. The mayo was very mild, and I wondered if it would work, but when it was all mixed together, the flavors were excellent.

  32. What can I use instead of avocado? I’m allergic to it. I have issues with raw bananas, kiwi and avocado… 🙁 Used to eat avocado all the time until I turned 23.

  33. This is amazing! I cant believe its paleo. I put sesame seeds in my mayo. I LOVE SESAME SEEDS! My mayo was a little runny, but I dont have an emersion blender and I didnt put it in the fridge to cool (I was hungry). YUM!

  34. HI, LOVE this chicken salad. It’s amazing! However I’ve searched everywhere and avocado oil cannot be found. I used EVOO and it worked great. Even my 3.5 year old daughter loved it.

  35. I can’t wait to try this! Just yesterday my oldest said the thing he misses most from us going Paleo, is my Chinese chicken salad. Hopefully this will be the ticket!

  36. This seems like an awful lot of mayo for three to four servings… do you think you could get away with less and still have it be tasty, or would it turn out dry?

  37. I’m in love with the salad! Just a quick question, do you have any idea on the nutritional info for this or your other recipes? I’ve seriously been making this salad for lunch every day for like a month. But I started calculating the info and got a bit scared of the fat content especially because of the oil. Do you think this is healthy to eat every day?

  38. just made the mayonaise! omg this is amazing! Ive tried numerous times to make my own mayo and just never works, LOVE the idea of the blender!! SO QUICK! I was amazed at how quick it all came together. So happy, now to wait for the chicken to cook 😀 going to shred the chicken to put in the salad, really looking forward to eating this one!

  39. I love this recipe. Cabbage + delicious mayo = happiness. I do a big cook up every Sunday so I don’t have to cook during the week and this is perfect, easy to prep, and SO GOOD. I added more sriracha than the recipe calls for but I tend to do that. Thank you!

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