Family-Friendly Chinese Chicken Radish Salad

by Dorothy Reinhold on January 20, 2014

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Drop our family into any restaurant and no matter what else is on the menu, my kids, age 11 and 16, will automatically want to order a Chinese Chicken Salad.

Which isn’t to say that they always like it. Chinese Chicken Salads are like chili recipes, or kugel recipes, or guacamole recipes – everyone has their own version, their own way they prefer it, and the way they think it tastes best.

Our way always includes a lot of crunch; there’s nothing worse than a soggy salad. So when I was playing around in the kitchen trying to create a new version for them at home, I decided to include some cute Radish MiniSticks, which give crunch and just a hint of zippy flavor without overpowering tender taste buds.

Chinese Chicken Radish Salad | www.ShockinglyDelicious.comThe trick with kids and salads is that not everyone likes everything, so if you just toss it all in a big salad bowl and then serve from that bowl, you might have a kid who rejects the entire salad simply because of one ingredient. So I build my salad in individual shallow bowls or on plates, customizing it to each kid. One adores cilantro and one despises it, so I simply leave it off that kid’s salad. The same might be true for almonds, or for green onions, for that matter. I’m lucky that they both like nearly everything, so the salads are identical except for the cilantro. A drizzle of dressing on each plate at the end takes care of that aspect.

Chinese Chicken Radish Salad | www.ShockinglyDelicious.comAnother make-ahead trick: My daughter likes to take salads to high school for lunch, so I will toss the undressed vegetable salad ingredients in a zipper-top plastic bag so that she can pull her portion from that the next morning when she packs her lunch. She can then add some chopped chicken and nuts at that time, and tuck in a tiny jar of dressing. If you put the nuts in the plastic bag with the vegetables, they would lose their crunch in storage overnight. But having the salad chopped and ready in a bag makes it extremely likely she’ll grab a healthy lunch!

Chinese Chicken Radish Salad | www.ShockinglyDelicious.comMy son grabbed the bag of Radish MiniSticks, ate some and said, “These are crunchy and good!” Hey, I’ll take that! And I’ll add some to his lunch, as well, in a little bag or jar.

If you’re looking for the Radish MiniSticks, there is a store locator here.

Recipe: Chinese Chicken Radish Salad

Summary: A modern adaptation of a classic Chinese Chicken Salad, with Radish MiniSticks supplying serious crunch.


  • Chinese Chicken Radish Salad | www.ShockinglyDelicious.com4 Napa cabbage leaves (about 4 ounces), shredded
  • 15 snow peas, sliced
  • 1 green onion, sliced
  • 1 cup shredded or chopped roast chicken
  • 1 (4-ounce) bag Dandy Radish MiniSticks
  • 2 clementines, tangerines or mandarins, peeled, segmented and chopped


  • ¼ cup slivered toasted almonds
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • ¼ cup crispy chow mein noodles (optional)
  • Bottled Sesame-Ginger Vinaigrette


  1. If everyone likes everything, you may put all salad ingredients in a large salad bowl and toss to combine. If you have individual preferences, build the salad on individual plates in the order given, leaving off anything that one person doesn’t like.
  2. When salads are built to preference, add garnishes and drizzle with dressing. Enjoy!
  3. Serves 2 as a main-dish salad, or 3-4 as a side salad.Chinese Chicken Radish Salad |


Dorothy Reinhold | Shockingly Delicious

Preparation time: 15 minutes
Number of servings (yield): 2
Culinary tradition: USA (General)

Disclosure: Duda Farm Fresh Foods sent the Radish MiniSticks for recipe development and compensated me for this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.  

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sippitysup January 20, 2014 at 6:26 pm

I prefer it with radishes. Your “zippy” dressing sounds good too. What brand is it? GREG


Dorothy Reinhold January 20, 2014 at 7:40 pm

Lowbrow….Safeway Select (bought at Vons) Sesame Ginger Vinaigrette!


Nancy@acommunaltable January 20, 2014 at 5:15 pm

Love your comment about Chinese Chicken Salad – isn’t that the truth??? Great solution for “differing palates”!!!


Dorothy Reinhold January 20, 2014 at 7:36 pm

Thanks. Ain’t it the truth…you learn that with a family…each person has a slightly different set of wants and needs when it comes to assembling a salad.


Liz January 20, 2014 at 8:03 am

Thank you for the nice salad, Dorothy. Have a Happy Monday.


Dorothy Reinhold January 20, 2014 at 4:33 pm

This is a zippy little salad! Hope you try it!


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