Citrus Chicken Salad

  • Author: Kalee @ The Crowded Table


Bursting with citrus flavor, this chicken salad is simple to make, and tastes delicious! Paleo and Whole30 friendly.




1 lb chicken thighs

2 teaspoons olive oil

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/8 teaspoon pepper


1/2 cup olive oil

1/4 cup apple cider vinegar

1/4 cup orange juice (from 12 oranges)

1 T orange zest (from 12 oranges)

1 teaspoon sesame oil

1 teaspoon fish sauce

1 Tablespoon coconut aminos

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon pepper

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

1 teaspoon honey (optional)


6 cups mixed greens

1 (10.5 ounce) can mandarin oranges

3/4 cup cashews, roasted and salted

3/4 cup bell peppers (1 bell pepper)

1/2 cup diced red onion


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Drizzle the chicken with olive oil, season with salt and pepper, and bake 20-30 minutes, until fully cooked.  While the chicken is cooking, make the dressing.  In a jar or bottle, combine the oil, vinegar, orange juice, orange zest, coconut aminos, sesame oil, fish sauce, salt, pepper, garlic powder, and honey (if using).  Shake until well combined.  Chop bell pepper and dice red onion.  Combine all salad ingredients in a bowl: greens, mandarin oranges, cashews, bell pepper, and onion.  Arrange cooked chicken over top and drizzle with dressing.  Enjoy!

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