Asian Chopped Salad with Sweet Sesame Vinaigrette

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Crunchy and bright, Asian Chopped Salad is packed with colorful vegetables and dressed with a delicious sweet sesame vinaigrette. Edamame gives this salad enough protein to make it a hearty vegetarian lunch or side salad for your next Asian-inspired meal. 

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What You’ll Love About Asian Chopped Salad

One word – texture. This chopped salad has so much texture. Between coleslaw mix, crispy wontons, and peanuts, every bite has tons of crunch. This is a great salad to serve to a crowd and everything can be prepared ahead of time – just wait to add the wontons, peanuts, and dressing until right before serving. 

This salad is:

  • Fresh
  • Colorful
  • Healthy
  • Gluten-Free-Friendly (see tips below)
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Ingredients

  • Coleslaw Mix – Bagged coleslaw mix makes this easy and gives the salad crunch. Any type will work. Feel free to shred your own green cabbage or purple cabbage.
  • Baby Spinach – Roughly chop the baby spinach so that everything in the salad is about the same size. Finely shredded kale makes a great substitute.
  • Shelled Edamame – Look for pre-shelled edamame in the freezer section.
  • Shredded Carrots – Buy them pre-shredded to save time or grate the carrots using a box grater or food processor.
  • Green Onions – Fresh herbs give this salad added flavor. Fresh cilantro makes a good substitute.
  • Roasted Peanuts and Crispy Wontons – Add these right at the end for the ultimate crunchy salad.
  • White or Black Sesame Seeds – These are optional but add color and texture to the finished salad.
  • Sweet Sesame Vinaigrette – A balance of sweet and savory flavor in the sesame, soy, and lime dressing brings everything together. Peanut dressing (either homemade or store-bought) would be a great substitute.

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How to Make Asian Chopped Salad

  1. Whisk together the vinaigrette using cooking oil, soy sauce, lime juice, rice vinegar, honey, toasted sesame oil, and fresh ginger.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine coleslaw mix, spinach, edamame, and carrots.
  3. Just before serving, add peanuts, wontons, and dressing to the salad.
  4. Toss to combine.
  5. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and serve.

Shortcuts 

This recipe uses several shortcuts to minimize the amount of chopping / prep needed:

  • Coleslaw Mix – buy bagged coleslaw mix to give the salad crunch 
  • Baby Spinach – buy pre-washed bagged baby spinach (I like to roughly chop it first, but you can skip that step to save time)
  • Shelled Edamame – be sure to grab the kind that has been removed from the shells so you don’t need to do that yourself.
  • Shredded Carrots – look for pre-shredded carrots in the produce section
  • Roasted Peanuts – buy pre-roasted peanuts to add crunch and flavor

If you want to save even more time, look for a store-bought sweet sesame dressing to dress the salad. 

 

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Possible Variations

  • Make it a Meal – Add your favorite protein to make this a meal. Salmon, chicken, or tofu (like this one) are great here. 
  • Make it Gluten-Free – Use Tamari instead of soy sauce and skip the crispy wontons (you’ll still get great crunch from the peanuts). 

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4.80 from 15 votes

Asian Chopped Salad Recipe with Sweet Sesame Dressing

Crunchy and bright, Asian Chopped Salad is packed with colorful vegetables and dressed with an addictive sweet sesame vinaigrette. Edamame gives this salad enough protein to make it a hearty vegetarian lunch or side salad for your next Asian-inspired meal.
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Prep: 10 minutes
Total: 10 minutes
Servings: 4

Equipment

  • Knife
  • Cutting Board
  • Mixing Bowl
  • Salad Bowl

Ingredients 

Sweet Sesame Vinaigrette:

  • 3 Tablespoons Cooking Oil (any neutral oil like grapeseed, vegetable, or avocado)
  • 1 Tablespoon Soy Sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon Lime Juice
  • 1 Tablespoon Rice Vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon Honey
  • 2 teaspoons Toasted Sesame Oil
  • 1 teaspoon grated Fresh Ginger

Crunchy Asian Salad:

  • 3 cups Coleslaw Mix
  • 5 cups chopped Baby Spinach
  • 1 cup Shelled Edamame (look for these in the freezer section, defrost before using)
  • 1 cup Shredded Carrots (look for pre-grated carrots or shred them using a box grater)
  • 2 stalks Green Onions / Scallions, chopped
  • 1 3.5 ounce bag Crispy Wontons (look for these in the salad section near croutons)
  • 1/2 cup Roasted Peanuts
  • White or Black Sesame Seeds (optional)

Instructions 

  • Whisk together all ingredients for the vinaigrette.
  • In a large salad bowl, combine coleslaw mix, baby spinach, shelled edamame, shredded carrots, and green onions.
  • Just before serving, add wontons and peanuts. Pour dressing over top and toss to combine.
  • Sprinkle with sesame seeds, if using.

Notes

Make Ahead – If meal prepping or making this salad ahead, you can prepare the vinaigrette up to 5 days ahead and store in the refrigerator. The coleslaw mix, spinach, edamame, carrots, and green onions can be prepped and combined up to 3 hours before serving and refrigerated until ready to serve. Wait to add the wontons, peanuts, vinaigrette, and sesame seeds until right before serving.

Nutrition

Calories: 322kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 8g | Monounsaturated Fat: 12g | Trans Fat: 0.05g | Cholesterol: 0.02mg | Sodium: 397mg | Potassium: 747mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 8975IU | Vitamin C: 36mg | Calcium: 118mg | Iron: 3mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Author: Jess Smith via Inquiring Chef
Cost: $6.00
Calories: 322
Keyword: Asian, easy salad, summer, vegetarian
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Jess is the recipe creator and photographer at InquiringChef.com. She spent nearly a decade as the Chief Recipe Developer for the award-winning meal planning app Cook Smarts. Her colorful, healthyish recipes have been featured in popular online publications including Parade, Hallmark, and HuffPost.

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4 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Delicious! Made it twice in one week since I had extra ingredients and my husband and kids liked it so much. Once I served with no meat and once I grilled some chicken breasts to go along with it. It was great both ways!

  2. 5 stars
    Really tasty and so easy to make! Great side for char siu chicken. I didn’t have spinach, but otherwise made this according to the recipe. Thanks for the recipe!