Green Powerhouse Salad with Sesame-Ginger Vinaigrette

I’m the first to admit that I have a big sweet tooth.

But when it comes right down to it, this is what I want day in and day out.

Green Powerhouse Salad with Sesame-Ginger Vinaigrette (vegan, GF) - Want to feel better, stronger, healthier? This salad does wonders!

A big bowl of vibrant green plants does a body good. And mind, body, and spirit, too. All this greenery is great for helping your body to be the powerhouse it wants to be.

There are times when nothing else but a Quadruple Chocolate Soft Fudgy Pudding Cookie will do and while I’m tearing into it, you could not wrestle it out of my hands for dear life.

Green Powerhouse Salad with Sesame-Ginger Vinaigrette (vegan, GF) - Want to feel better, stronger, healthier? This salad does wonders!

But it’s plants that I crave over the long haul and this is typical of what I eat day in, day out. Light, fresh, healthy, naturally vegan and gluten-free, and satisfying.

There’s edamame for protein and chewy texture, while sugar snap peas add fantastic crunch and their subtle sweetness is always welcome. And I’ve always loved peas and broccoli, really I do.

Green Powerhouse Salad with Sesame-Ginger Vinaigrette (vegan, GF) - Want to feel better, stronger, healthier? This salad does wonders!

The simple vinaigrette just makes the salad. It adds so much flavor, but it’s light and not greasy or gloppy.

It’s made with sesame oil, which lends an Asian-themed flair since sesame oil is one of the major components in peanut sauce and peanut noodles.

Apple cider vinegar adds brightness, agave (or honey) balances the tartness, and ground ginger adds a gentle heat. Or if you’re like me and use lots, the heat isn’t so subtle.

Green Powerhouse Salad with Sesame-Ginger Vinaigrette (vegan, GF) - Want to feel better, stronger, healthier? This salad does wonders!

Follow my new group board, Healthy, Light, Skinny for recipes that’ll keep you feeling like a healthy powerhouse.

I could never get sick of this salad. Or cookies.

Green Powerhouse Salad with Sesame-Ginger Vinaigrette (vegan, GF) - Want to feel better, stronger, healthier? This salad does wonders!

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Green Powerhouse Salad with Sesame-Ginger Vinaigrette (vegan, gluten-free)

The salad is light, fresh, healthy, naturally vegan and gluten-free, and satisfying. All this greenery is great for helping your body to be the powerhouse it wants to be. There’s edamame for protein and chewy texture, while sugar snap peas add fantastic crunch and their subtle sweetness is always welcome. And I’ve always loved peas and broccoli.The simple vinaigrette just makes the salad. It adds so much flavor, but it’s light and not greasy or gloppy. It's made with sesame oil, which lends an Asian-themed flair. Apple cider vinegar adds brightness, agave (or honey) balances the tartness, and ground ginger adds a gentle heat.

Yield: serves 1 generously or 2 modestly

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: about 20 minutes

Ingredients:

Salad
about 3 cups mixed greens, loosely packed
1/2 cup steamed edamame
1/2 to 1 cup steamed broccoli
1/2 cup steamed peas
1/2 cup steamed sugar snap peas

Sesame-Ginger Vinaigrette (I make a double batch, extra keeps for weeks in fridge)
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
2 tablespoons sesame oil
1 tablespoon agave (or honey, not vegan), or to taste
1 teaspoon ground ginger, or to taste (I used 1 tablespoon, vinaigrette will be fairly spicy)
salt and pepper, to taste

Directions:

  1. Salad - Place greens on a large platter; set aside.
  2. Steam edamame by placing frozen edamame in a 2-cup glass measuring cup or similar microwave-safe bowl, cover with about 1 1/2 cups water, and heat on high power for 5 to 8 minutes, or until tender and done. Drain; set aside.
  3. Steam broccoli, peas, and sugar snap peas by placing them in a large microwave-safe bowl, cover with about 2 cups water, and heat on high power for about 3 minutes, or until as done as desired (I prefer these vegetables barely cooked, firmer, and crispier). Drain; set aside.
  4. Sesame-Ginger Vinaigrette - Add all ingredients to a medium bowl and whisk vigorously to combine. Taste, and adjust as needed.
  5. Combine all steamed vegetables in one bowl, add the vinaigrette, and toss to combine.
  6. Add vegetables to the greens and serve immediately. Salad is best fresh, but the steamed vegetables will keep airtight for up to 2 days in the fridge; they'll continue to soften over time after being dressed with the vinaigrette.

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60 Responses to “Green Powerhouse Salad with Sesame-Ginger Vinaigrette”

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    Layla @Brunchtime Baker — July 21, 2014 at 1:32 am

    This salad looks so vibrant and green!! Hell yea I need some of this in my life! :D

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    Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness — July 21, 2014 at 3:23 am

    Wow! When you said green salad you weren’t lyin’! This is absolutely gorg Averie, and I want to pour that sesame ginger vinaigrette on ALL the things! pinning :)

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — July 21st, 2014 at 9:25 am

      Thanks for pinning, and yes, this is a very green salad, isn’t it :)

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    Paula — July 21, 2014 at 3:42 am

    I can make this today and take it to work. I have a few beets ready in my little garden and love using the greens for salad. Unfortunately I don’t have sugar snap peas but everything else is a go. I love Asian inspired dressings and this looks beautiful!

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — July 21st, 2014 at 9:24 am

      Thanks for practically making this hours after I posted it and that’s awesome you have everything on hand! Now that’s awesome, Paula! Let me know how you liked the vinaigrette!

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      • Paula replied: — July 21st, 2014 at 5:31 pm

        Love the vinaigrette–the ACV has a little more kick and tang compared to the brown rice vinegar I usually use but it was a good change up! I made a double batch and plan on having it again tomorrow with the head of Napa cabbage I just picked. Mine is so green compared to what I see at the grocery. Looks and tastes a little like romaine. Still no snap peas but I have a few cherry tomatoes ready so it will look like a Christmas in July salad.

        • Averie Sunshine replied: — July 22nd, 2014 at 2:22 am

          Glad you enjoyed it and that you even have a double batch now! Perfect :) And a Christmas in July salad sounds perfect!

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    Belinda@themooblushbaker — July 21, 2014 at 4:05 am

    I might not have beets but my radishes are coming in and the crunchy contast of those sweet green would be perfect light lunch! Lovely pictures Averie, so bright and temping

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — July 21st, 2014 at 9:23 am

      Radishes would be great and I love beets, too (they’re so under-appreciated I find!)

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    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — July 21, 2014 at 4:41 am

    This is what I want day in and day out too! Such a yummy recipe.

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    Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice — July 21, 2014 at 4:57 am

    What a beautiful green salad, Averie! I especially love the edamame in here. What a healthy treat!

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    Upholstery cleaners Islington — July 21, 2014 at 4:59 am

    What a great summer salad! So delicious and healthy. Great proposal. Thanks for sharing.

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    lisatberry — July 21, 2014 at 4:59 am

    This salad looks perfect for these hot summer days when it’s so hot you almost don’t feel like eating. I used to get these vegetables at traders called Green with Envy and it was a ton of green vegs all mixed together but they stopped carrying it…This salad brings it all back.

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — July 21st, 2014 at 9:23 am

      when it’s so hot you almost don’t feel like eating = totally know what you mean! We don’t get those days that often in San Diego where I live but I’ve lived all over and yes, totallllly know that feeling!

      And that salad mix sounds great. Darn, now I want it!

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    Medha @ Whisk & Shout — July 21, 2014 at 5:02 am

    Yum! I love sesame and ginger, such a great combination :)

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    Chelsea @chelseasmessyapron — July 21, 2014 at 5:03 am

    I’m amazed at how sharp and vibrant these pictures are Averie! Just gorgeous! And that couldn’t have been easy with all the green (at least not for me) I could eat this for breakfast though seriously! Pinned :) Hope you had a great weekend!

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — July 21st, 2014 at 9:22 am

      Thanks for pinning and I took these pics on one of those days at the perfect time of day, the perfect light, the right plate, lens, etc. for the job (sometimes NONE of those stars align as you know those types of shoots) and was able to dial the ISO wayyyy down so they came out really sharp I thought too. Thanks for noticing :)

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    Kathi @ Deliciously Yum! — July 21, 2014 at 6:44 am

    Same here! I could eat a salad (and most of the time do!) every single day. Cookies and salad go perfectly together, right?! Who could say no to such a pretty and vibrant plate filled with so much goodness. This is one gorgeous salad, Averie!

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    Amanda — July 21, 2014 at 7:04 am

    Look at all that green, love it! :)

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — July 21st, 2014 at 9:20 am

      I’ve been loving all your Paris posts, too :)

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    Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) — July 21, 2014 at 7:10 am

    I could use more salads like this in my life! This is beautiful Averie! So vibrant and green.

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    Kari Peters — July 21, 2014 at 7:29 am

    This looks like something I could eat everyday for the rest of the year! I have a crazy sweet tooth too, but I love my green smoothies and salads even more – which seems a little contradictory but it works!

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    Carol at Wild Goose Tea — July 21, 2014 at 9:09 am

    I have sweet tooth too, but I equally love salad. This looks like a wonderful one to me. I love the color. It coud be a center piece as far as I am concerned.
    Smiles—-

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    ami@naivecookcooks — July 21, 2014 at 9:18 am

    Averie , never thought of making such a crispy green salad before!! Thanks for the inspiration and I must say it looks gorgeous!!

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    Laura @ Laura's Culinary Adventures — July 21, 2014 at 9:42 am

    I have a cute sweet tooth, but I can tear into a big bowl of fresh veggies anytime! Yum!

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    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — July 21, 2014 at 9:51 am

    Gorgeous greens, I love that vinaigrette too!

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    Karen @ SoupAddict — July 21, 2014 at 9:53 am

    I’m sooo with you on craving greens. Sweets have their place, but salads and veggies, I can eat those all day long. Such a beautiful green-on-green platter of goodness (hello, purple!). Totally pinned!

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    Laura @ SheEatsWell — July 21, 2014 at 11:32 am

    Absolutely gorgeous pictures! Love the simplicity of the dressing and I love ACV!

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    Polly @ Tasty Food Project — July 21, 2014 at 12:27 pm

    Yum! I love a good salad dressing to go with my salad! I like how it’s so simple but looks flavorful and delicious!

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    Kate @ Diethood — July 21, 2014 at 2:11 pm

    AY-VAH-RIE! THIS is gorgeous!! You’re about to get all the green-haters up on this boat!
    I’m a green-lovah, and just as you, I love my desserts, too! But, my day to day meals look like this green goddess. :-D

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — July 22nd, 2014 at 2:25 am

      I loved that story you told me the other day about coming to this country and the realizations you first had about eating habits here. Yes, love the sweets but this is day-to-day reality for me!

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    Todd — July 21, 2014 at 2:34 pm

    After a week of nothing but ice cream, this salad is exactly what I need. And that dressing..I want it on everything!!!

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    Katya @ Little Broken — July 21, 2014 at 2:46 pm

    Averie, I’m right there with you about wanting a nice green crisp salad every day! Something about crisp fresh veggies. Hmm..now I want one :)

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    Katie — July 21, 2014 at 3:18 pm

    You had me at the first two lines…. “I’m the first to admit that I have a big sweet tooth. But when it comes right down to it, this is what I want day in and day out.”

    I swear, I could have written that!

    You know I love all your savory recipes, but this is probably my favorite. The flavors in that dressing, the oil:vinegar ration, the GREEN! I love it all. I can’t wait for my broccoli to grow!!

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — July 22nd, 2014 at 2:24 am

      Glad you can relate to the opening lines and that this is one of your fave recipes! Not much of a ‘recipe’ but we’re both on the same page with keeping our big bowls of green veg pretty simple :)

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    Amy @ Amy's Healthy Baking — July 21, 2014 at 6:33 pm

    I love seeing this healthier side of your kitchen, Averie! I tend to put savory things on the back burner (umm, no pun intended), so dinners are usually healthier takeout or something super quick and simple, like hardboiled eggs. This green salad looks like it’d totally hit the spot, especially during summer where all I crave is fresh fruit and veggies! :) And I saw your new group board a few nights ago when you created it. I’m already obsessed — you know how much I love my healthy foods and sweets!

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    Karen @ The Food Charlatan — July 21, 2014 at 8:59 pm

    Love the sesame ginger combo Averie! I’m a sucker for Asian dressing. Also: I could never get sick of this salad or cookies either :)

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    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — July 21, 2014 at 9:39 pm

    This looks fabulous! SO many great veggies packed in!

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    laura redburn — July 22, 2014 at 12:26 am

    this looks absolutely delicious! and oh i loooove sugar snap peas!

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    Michelle @ Vitamin Sunshine — July 22, 2014 at 12:56 am

    Sesame oil is such an amazing component for salad dressings. So much flavor! I love to use rice wine vinegar with it. Yum, greens.

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    Laura Dembowski — July 22, 2014 at 5:24 am

    This is what I crave, love, and eat day in and day out too. Just shelled a bunch of peas for a salad like this last night. I always add avocado too. I’m not a fan of broccoli and edamame gives me migraines. But what’s so great about a salad like this is that you can add whatever you want.

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — July 22nd, 2014 at 6:23 am

      Exactly re customizing, and based on what I have in my veggie drawer, mine never look EXACTLY the same either, but variations on a theme.

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    Alice // Hip Foodie Mom — July 22, 2014 at 9:42 am

    oh my gawd, Averie!! I LOVE this salad!!!

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    Katie | Healthy Seasonal Recipes — July 22, 2014 at 12:51 pm

    I am simply blown away by this recipe Averie, and I totally agree that this is the stuff I crave most of the time. Pinning away.

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    Mary Frances — July 23, 2014 at 3:10 pm

    Sugar snap peas and edamame – oh yeah! I agree, sweets are great, but overall, I crave salty stuff (and edamame is right up there … I think you have snacky recipe for that but I don’t remember :)) Anyways, this salad is so vibrant and bright! Love it!

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    Sylvie | Gourmande in the Kitchen — July 23, 2014 at 3:44 pm

    What a gorgeous salad, so fresh and inviting!

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    Valerie — July 23, 2014 at 6:23 pm

    This is lush and beyond stunning (green is my favourite colour!). So much healthy goodness!! What, dessert? :D

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    Brandon @ Kitchen Konfidence — July 25, 2014 at 3:47 pm

    Beautiful shots Averie! I love all the green textures.

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    Kaitlin @ The Garden Grazer — July 31, 2014 at 7:33 am

    How gorgeous is this!! Love the vibrant colors and I’ve GOT to get my hands on that vinaigrette – sounds crazy amazing. :) Pinned!

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — July 31st, 2014 at 4:31 pm

      Thanks for pinning & the compliments!

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