Szechwan Chicken Salad With Dressing

Total Time
Prep 20 mins
Cook 5 mins

Daughter gives us a Harry and David fruit of the month gift for Christmas. This month was "pearsnapples" and the insert had this wonderful salad. It is out of this world.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Place all ingredients for dressing into a small saucepan.
  2. Warm on low heat until creamy and well blended, whisking constantly.
  3. Add a 1 or 2 tablespoons of water to dressing until desired consistency.
  4. Mix about 2 cups of cold water and 1 Tbsp of lemon juice.
  5. Core apple and pear, cut into thin slices and drop into cold water.
  6. Wash and tear greens into bite size pieces.
  7. Combine chicken, cucumber and coriander.
  8. When ready to serve, drain and lightly dry the fruit.
  9. On chilled salad plates divide the greens into 2 portions, place chicken mixture in mound on top.
  10. Arrange the fruit slices on top and serve with the dressing.
Most Helpful

I liked this salad quite a lot. I enjoyed the combination of spinach, crisp cold pears & apples, and the cilantro. The dressing is delicious and pairs well with the ingredients. I did have a problem with the thickness of the dressing and repeatedly added additional water. I do agree with other reviewers that sunflower seeds or chow mein noodles would be a nice added ingredient to add crunch. Thank you for sharing the recipe!

Susie D October 07, 2010

Made this salad yesterday morning and then took in a cooler to the pool with the kids. I made just as listed but reduced the amount of hot pepper sauce and cayenne pepper for kids. Excellent salad and wonderful for a take along. Next time, for adults, I will keep the hot stuff at the amounts written as I like it hot! Also, I think next time I will up the pear and apple to two of each as we really liked those bits the best. Thank you Paula for posting this wonderful and unique salad.

Diplo-mom May 30, 2008

I am so happy eating this salad ~ it's so delicious! i used spicy chili sesame oil instead of the hot pepper sauce & cayenne. I poached my chicken breast in salted water so it's really tender. Love the (slight) burn that's building up! Contrast that with the cool crunchy pears, apples & cucumber ~ yippee! I'm eating the whole thing for my lunch right now. Made for Culinary Quest 2014/CCQ. Oh! I also ended up adding more water than listed to the dressing but once it was thinned out, it was amazing! love the flavors! Thanks, Paula!

Elmotoo September 12, 2014