Mayo-Free Chicken Salad With Kimchi, Ginger, and Scallions Recipe

You don't need mayo to make a great chicken salad sandwich. . Daniel Gritzer

Mixing mayonnaise into chicken salad is the most common way to add moisture, but it's not the only way. Vinaigrette works well too, like this tangy Korean-inspired rendition with kimchi, pine nuts, and lots of fresh ginger.

Why this recipe works:

  • A tart vinaigrette that includes sesame oil and kimchi pickling liquid adds flavor and moisture, minus the mayo.
  • Plenty of fresh ginger, scallion, and celery adds texture and flavor to the salad.

Recipe Details

Mayo-Free Chicken Salad With Kimchi, Ginger, and Scallions Recipe

Active 10 mins
Total 10 mins
Serves 8 servings


  • 4 cups shredded cooked chicken meat (from about a 3-pound roast chicken)

  • 1 cup drained kimchi, chopped

  • 1/2 cup diced celery (about 1 large rib)

  • 1/4 cup toasted pine nuts or sesame seeds

  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced scallion, white and light green parts only (about 2 scallions)

  • 3 tablespoons kimchi liquid

  • 3 tablespoons distilled white vinegar

  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil

  • 2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger

  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil

  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

  • Sliced bread and frisee, if serving as a sandwich


  1. In a large bowl, toss together all ingredients to combine thoroughly. Season with salt and pepper and serve as a light salad or on bread as a sandwich. Salad can be refrigerated in an airtight container overnight.

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
235 Calories
17g Fat
2g Carbs
17g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 8
Amount per serving
Calories 235
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 17g 22%
Saturated Fat 3g 16%
Cholesterol 63mg 21%
Sodium 309mg 13%
Total Carbohydrate 2g 1%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 17g
Vitamin C 2mg 8%
Calcium 23mg 2%
Iron 2mg 11%
Potassium 234mg 5%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)