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!

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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!

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.

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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62 comments on “Green Powerhouse Salad with Sesame-Ginger Vinaigrette”

  1. 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!

  2. 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 :)

  3. This looks fabulous! SO many great veggies packed in!

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

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

  6. 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.

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

  8. 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.

  9. 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!

  10. What a gorgeous salad, so fresh and inviting!

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

  12. Beautiful shots Averie! I love all the green textures.

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

  14. Isn’t it amazing how much better you feel when you’re full of green veggies? I try to fit in as much green stuff as I can this time of year. I posted a similar recipe yesterday for this very reason! Great recipe – I can’t wait to try the sesame ginger vinaigrette! Pinned :)

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