Applebee's Vegan Chicken Salad

applebee's oriental chicken salad vegan copycat recipe

I recently went out to dinner with my parents and some of their friends.  The couple sitting next to me ordered the Oriental Chicken Salad.  As soon as the plate hit the table, I was hit with a flood of memories of eating Applebee's version of this dish.  

It made me realize I missed this salad quite a bit and haven't eaten it in the 14 years I've been vegetarian and then vegan. Voila!  I was hit with inspiration for a new recipe.  

The base of this salad can be made to fit your tastes.  I used romaine lettuce and napa cabbage.  To make it easier, you can use the pre-made coleslaw mix instead of chopping up napa cabbage. I then added cilantro, carrots, red cabbage and red onion.  Mint would also be good in this if you don't like cilantro.

Applebee's oriental chicken salad vegan copycat recipe

 I then baked up some Gardein seven grain crispy tenders to put on top.  If you don't want to buy the vegan chicken, you can use tofu instead.  Freeze it overnight to give it the chewiness of chicken,  and then bread it and fry or bake it just like you would chicken.  

Applebee's oriental chicken salad vegan copycat recipe

The dressing was incredible as well.  It had the perfect blend of sweet and savory.    Most recipes I saw for this dressing involved mayonnaise.  To make this a tad healthier, I used vegan plain almond yogurt.  I made sure to make a bigger batch of this to have on hand to 

Applebee's oriental chicken salad vegan copycat recipe
Yield: 4

Applebee's Vegan Chicken Salad

prep time: 20 minscook time: total time: 20 mins

A healthy vegan alternative to Applebee's Oriental Chicken Salad.


  • 1 Cup Plain Vegan Yogurt or Vegan Mayonnaise
  • 2 TBL Maple Syrup or Sweetener of Choice
  • 1 TBL Rice Vinegar
  • 1 TBL Dijon Mustard
  • 1/4 tsp Sesame Oil
  • 1 TBL Soy Sauce
Salad Base
  • 1 Head of Chopped Romaine
  • Handful of chopped Napa Cabbage or Fresh Coleslaw Mix
  • Handful of chopped Red Cabbage
  • 1/4 cup of chopped Cilantro or Fresh Mint
  • 1/4 of chopped Red Onion
  • 4 Gardein Vegan  Seven Grain Crispy Tenders
  • Handful of Chopped Almonds or Peanuts
  • Handful of Dry Chow Mein Noodles


1.  Bake vegan Chicken Tenders

2. Chop up and mix together all of the fresh salad base

3. Mix together all of the dressing ingredients.  Add more vegan yogurt if thicker consistency is desired.  Add more vinegar or soy sauce if thinner consistency is desired

4. Plate the lettuce.  Top with vegan chicken, chow mein noodles, almonds and dressing


You can use tofu instead of the Gardein Chicken Tenders if you like.  Just squeeze the water out of the tofu and freeze over night.  Let thaw and then bread and fry or bake it like you would chicken.
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