Trader Joe’s Chinese Chicken Salad is a killer. I don’t know anyone that has eaten it and does not like it. But the one thing people seem to disagree about is the chicken itself.
I was reading another website’s review (also sharing a picture of this salad), and their blog post asked: “What kind of chicken is in this salad?” Well, I’m here now to tell you it’s white meat chicken that is either boiled or roasted and then chopped into small pieces.
I went and got myself a Trader Joe’s Chinese Chicken Salad and took it home to dissect. Today I will show you what is really in this salad.
Here is the finished product all mixed up. The lettuce appears to be iceberg, red cabbage, carrots and celery.
There are also small pieces of almonds that I did not include in the below picture because they sporadically appear throughout the entire salad mix.
How To Prepare Trader Joe’s Chinese Chicken Salad?
It will not be a big deal if you want to prepare Trader Joe’s Chinese Chicken Salad at home. You can prepare it easily and quickly.
All you need to do is toss all the ingredients together in a bowl. And serve it as a side salad for any entre or with some bread/crackers as an appetizer.
Here’s what you’ll need
- A bag of Trader Joe’s Chinese Chicken Salad (about 5 oz.)
- A bottle of your favorite salad dressing (about 1 oz.)
- A large mixing bowl and spoon
- Salad tongs (to toss the salad)
Now that we know what is in this delicious salad, we can move on to how you prepare it.
1. All you need to do is open up your bag of Chinese Chicken Salad and dump it into a large mixing bowl and add some dressing. Toss it together.
2. If you plan to serve the salad later, just place the dressing in a separate container and store both separately in your fridge until you’re ready to serve. Keep that in mind while picking out your favorite dressing.
3. Add the desired amount of dressing and toss!
4. And there you have it. You just prepared your own Trader Joe’s Chinese Chicken Salad at home!
Trader Joe’s Chinese Chicken Salad is ready to prepare!
Nutrition Fact of Trader Joe’s Chinese Chicken Salad
For all you health nuts out there here’s the nutritional information for this salad: Serving size = 1 cup (148 g) Calories per serving = 260 Fat grams per serving = 7 Carbs per serving = 28 Protein grams per serving = 17 Sodium milligrams per serving = 484
For the entire bag, here’s what you get: Serving size = 5 oz. Calories per serving = 520 Fat grams per serving = 35 Carbs per serving = 70 Protein grams per serving = 34 Sodium milligrams per serving = 1558
Here is a basic breakdown of percentage in carbs, protein and fat
Carbs = 28%
Protein = 17%
Fat = 35%
Cholesterol of Chinese Chicken Salad = 50 mg
The sodium for this salad is 1200 milligrams. Here are the complete nutrition facts for this product. Calories 520 Total fat 35 g Cholesterol 0 Sodium 1200 mg Total Carbs 70 g Dietary Fiber 5 g Sugars 4 g Protein 17 g Vitamin A 10% Vitamin C 10% Calcium 8% Iron 15 %
Trader Joe’s Chinese Chicken Salad is good for vegetarians?
No, Trader Joe’s Chinese Chicken Salad is not considered to be veg. It comes with white meat chicken chopped into small pieces and mixed in with the rest of the ingredients listed above.
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Can heart patients Eat Trader Joe’s Chinese Chicken Salad?
Yes. According to the American Heart Association, a person with heart disease can eat up to 100 mg of cholesterol a day or 5 eggs per week.
So yes, you can have Trader Joe’s Chinese Chicken Salad and not worry about the increased risk of clogging your arteries/having a heart attack because this salad has only 50 mg of cholesterol.
That Chinese Chicken Salad is not good for people with diabetes?
There are 48 grams of Carbs (28%) in Trader Joe’s Chinese Chicken salad. If you have diabetes, limit your intake of carbs to about 15% – 30% of your daily caloric intake.
If you need help calculating this, please consult with your physician or nutritionist.
The Bottom Line
Trader Joe’s Chinese Chicken Salad is a light, refreshing salad with crunchy veggies and tender chicken.
It’s one of our favourite go-to salads when we want to eat healthily but don’t have much time or energy to prepare something ourselves.
There are so many ways you can enjoy this simple dish – in a lettuce wrap for lunch, over rice noodles for dinner, or even as an appetizer at your next party!
Try adding some edamame beans to the mix if you’re feeling adventurous. Either way, it’s sure to satisfy any craving that might be nagging at you today.