Asian Chicken Salad with Skinny Shanghai Dressing

If you’re a Chinese chicken salad fan, you’ll surely become a fan of this unconventional one. It makes a super satisfying main course salad. I knew I was on to something when my husband asked for seconds! The dressing is fantastic, dark, rich, creamy, with a little bite. Each large portion has 355 calories and 11 grams of fat.
Asian Chicken Salad with Skinny Shanghai Dressing

Helpful Tips About this Recipe

Makes 2 servings

Food Facts
Most Asian-style salad dressings use oil for the base. I’m using my skinny ranch dressing to replace the oil. Amazingly, once the other ingredients are added, you’d never know there is ranch dressing in it. The results create a wonderfully thick, dreamy, low calorie dressing! 

Shopping Tips

Chopped or crushed ginger, in a jar, can be found in the produce section near garlic, in a jar.

Serving Tips

This dressing is so delicious to serve with any kind of Asian salad or garden salad. Makes a nice dip too!

WW Freestyle SmartPoints
3-Blue, includes dressing
WW SmartPoints 3-Green
WW Points Plus 9
SKINNY FACTS: for 1 main course salad including dressing
355 cal, 11g fat, 2g sat. fat, 101mg chol, 45g prot, 28g carbs, 8g fiber, 742mg sod, 15g sugar
SKINNY FACTS: for 1 tablespoon dressing
26 calories, 2g far, 0g sat. fat, 1mg chol, 1g prot, 0g fiber, 122mg sod, 2g sugar
FACTS: for Freestyle SmartPoints:
78 calories, 0g sat. fat, 3g protein, 6g sugar


Asian Chicken Salad with Skinny Shanghai Dressing

Asian Chicken Salad with Skinny Shanghai Dressing

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Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Appetizer, Main Course, Salad
Cuisine Asian, Chinese
Servings 2
Calories 355 kcal


Ingredients for Skinny Shanghai Dressing:

  • ½ cup  Skinny Ranch Dressing  or use store-bought lite ranch dressing or light mayo for dairy-free
  • ¼ cup hoisin sauce
  • ¼ cup rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon + 2 teaspoons toasted or regular sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon ginger (from a jar), see shopping tips
  • 1 tablespoon lite soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sugar

Ingredients for Salad:

  • 2 cups cooked chicken breasts, chopped
  • 8 cups romaine lettuce, chopped
  • 1 cup carrots, shredded
  • 1 cup Chinese pea pods or sugar snap peas, diced
  • cup red bell pepper, diced
  • 4 tablespoons scallions, chopped
  • 6 tablespoons Skinny Shanghai Dressing


  • Prepare Skinny Shanghai Dressing: First, make the Skinny Ranch Dressing if you don’t have some on handNo need to chill for an hour. Once made, add ½ cup to a medium bowl. Add all dressing ingredients and whisk together until well blended. Store in fridge until ready to use. Save remaining dressing for another use. Will keep for at least a week.
  • Add salad ingredients to a large bowl. Add 6 tablespoons dressing. Toss well. Divide among 2 dinner size plates or bowls.


Serving: 1saladCalories: 355kcalCarbohydrates: 28gProtein: 45gFat: 11gSaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 101mgSodium: 742mgFiber: 8gSugar: 15gBlue Smart Points: 3Green Smart Points: 3Plus Points: 9
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  1. Stumbled on your website today and made the Asian salad. It was delicious! Made your Sinny Ranch first, also good. Now I am on the hunt for what to do with all this leftover buttermilk! Can I freeze it?

  2. Welcome to Skinny kitchen Claudia! I’m happy you are already enjoying my recipes. Yes you can freeze the leftover buttermilk. You can either freeze buttermilk in its original container, but be sure there is enough space left in the carton to allow it to expand when it freezes. … If you generally use a small amount, freeze the buttermilk in ice cube trays and store the cubes in a freezer bag once they are frozen hard.
    All the best,

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