Be Well Kitchen: Shredded Chicken and Napa Cabbage Salad Recipe

By Be Well Health Coach Katrine van Wyk From Her Book “Best Green Eats Ever”

Photo by Patryce Bak

This salad is inspired by my favorite Vietnamese salad. It is simple, without too many crazy ingredients, yet it tastes so exotic and delicious. The secret is in the dressing…

Ingredients (Serves 4 – Paleo, Gluten-Free)

  • 1-1/2  cup chicken – use leftovers from a rotisserie or roast chicken, or some sliced, grilled chicken breast
  • 1 head Napa cabbage, washed well and sliced into strips
  • ½ red or orange pepper
  • 1 carrot
  • 1/3 cup cilantro leaves
  • 3 spring onions
  • 1/3 cup cashews, roughly chopped
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds


  • ¼ cup fish sauce
  • 1 tbsp grated ginger
  • 1 chili, seeds removed, thinly sliced (optional – add just to your own spice preference)
  • 1 clove garlic, grated
  • 2 tbsp lime juice
  • ¼ cup water
  • 2 tsp coconut sugar or syrup


  1. Mix all the dressing ingredients together in a bowl or jar and set aside.
  2. With your fingers, shred the chicken into bite sized pieces or, if you’re using grilled breasts, slice the breasts thin. Drizzle the chicken with ¼ cup of the dressing and set aside.
  3. Cut up your salad ingredients and add them to a large mixing bowl. Pour the remaining dressing over and toss everything together well.
  4. Add in the chicken and chia seeds. Give it another toss and serve.
Katrine is the author of Best Green Drinks Ever, a certified holistic health coach, and yoga teacher. She moved to New York from Norway in 2006 as a model. The years of being in front of the camera, traveling and working long hours taught her a lot about what it takes to take care of herself and maintain a healthy lifestyle. After growing tired of the industry she left to complete her studies at the New School. Katrine received her nutrition training from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition where she was trained in more than one hundred dietary theories and studied a variety of practical lifestyle coaching methods. Katrine works closely and has trained with Dr.Frank Lipman at his practice in Manhattan, The Eleven Eleven Wellness Center. As a part of Dr. Lipman's team of health coaches, Katrine has helped to guide his high-profile patients through dietary changes that also fit their demanding and busy lives. Katrine is the nutrition adviser for The Juicery and continues to develop juices for their locations around the world.