Gluten Free Nut feee Chinese Chicken Salad Recipe

Gluten Free, Nut Free Chinese Chicken Salad Recipe

Gluten Free, Nut Free Chinese Chicken Salad Recipe

When I lived in West Hollywood years ago, about twice a week (or more!) I would grab Chinese Chicken Salad from this little grocery store down the street. I craved it. Little did I know it was damaging my insides from the gluten in the dressing and crispy chow mein noodles and probably from the peanuts, which are often cross contaminated. Recently, that old craving cropped up and I decided to try and recreate that a gluten free, nut free Chinese chicken salad recipe from memory. I usually can’t recall where I put my sneakers or car keys 10 minutes ago, but I decided to try anyway.

I also decided to make the salad nut-free, so I substituted SunButter for the peanut butter in the dressing and skipped the addition of peanuts on the top. I also skipped the chow mein noodles, but still wanted that little bit of salty crunch, so I crushed up a few gluten free pretzels and guess what? It did the trick! Not exactly classic Chinese, but then Chinese Chicken Salad is probably not classic Chinese anyway!

The dressing for this salad is the way I like it, a little on the tart side. If you want more sweetness, just add a little more honey.

Gluten Free Nut feee Chinese Chicken Salad

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Gluten Free Nut feee Chinese Chicken Salad Recipe
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Gluten Free, Nut Free Chinese Chicken Salad Recipe

Prep Time10 mins
Course: Salad
Cuisine: Chinese
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 406kcal
Author: Gluten Free & More


  • ¼ cup Creamy SunButter
  • ¼ cup rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons gluten free tamari
  • 1 tablespoon Sriracha sauce
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • ½ cup grapeseed oil
  • Kosher or fine sea salt to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 2 cups cooked chicken diced or shredded
  • ½ head Napa cabbage shredded (about 3 cups)
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • ½ cup fresh cilantro leaves
  • 4 green onions sliced
  • ¼ cup gluten free pretzels crushed


  • In a small bowl, whisk together the SunButter, vinegar, tamari, Sriracha, honey, and lime juice. Whisk in the oil. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  • In a large salad bowl, combine the chicken, cabbage, carrots, cilantro, and green onions. Add about half the dressing and toss to coat. Serve the rest of the dressing on the side, if desired.
  • Top the salad with the crushed pretzels and serve.


Nutrition Facts
Gluten Free, Nut Free Chinese Chicken Salad Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 406 Calories from Fat 270
% Daily Value*
Fat 30g46%
Saturated Fat 4g20%
Cholesterol 35mg12%
Sodium 604mg25%
Potassium 394mg11%
Carbohydrates 19g6%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 15g30%
Vitamin A 4010IU80%
Vitamin C 25.3mg31%
Calcium 89mg9%
Iron 1.7mg9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Tags: Cabbage Chicken Chicken Salad Chinese Cilantro Gluten-Free Gluten-Free Recipes Healthy Pretzels Sriracha SunButter
  1. Linda
    July 30, 2016

    Sounds terrific! Thanks Carol!

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