Green Powerhouse Salad with Sesame-Ginger Vinaigrette

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Green Edamame Salad with Sesame Ginger Dressing — Light, fresh, healthy, and EASY to prepare! Enjoy this Asian-inspired salad as a side dish or add your protein of choice to make it the main course.

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

Asian Edamame Salad with Sesame Dressing

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

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.

The simple sesame ginger salad dressing just makes the dish. 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.

Or if you’re like me and use lots, the heat isn’t so subtle.

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!

Asian Edamame Salad Ingredients

To make the green salad with edamame, you’ll need:

  • Mixed greens
  • Edamame
  • Broccoli
  • Peas
  • Sugar snap peas

To make the sesame ginger salad dressing, you’ll need:

  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Sesame oil
  • Agave
  • Ground ginger
  • Salt and pepper
Green Powerhouse Salad with Sesame-Ginger Vinaigrette (vegan, GF) - Want to feel better, stronger, healthier? This salad does wonders!

How to Make a Green Edamame Salad

As you can imagine, this salad is very simple to prepare:

  1. Place the mixed greens on a large platter; set aside.
  2. Steam the edamame, broccoli, peas, and sugar snap peas. I prefer doing this in the microwave and have provided detailed instructions on my method in the recipe card below.
  3. Whisk together the sesame salad dressing.
  4. Combine all steamed vegetables in one bowl, add the vinaigrette, and toss to combine. Then, place over the mixed greens and dig in!
Green Powerhouse Salad with Sesame-Ginger Vinaigrette (vegan, GF) - Want to feel better, stronger, healthier? This salad does wonders!

Recipe Variations

This is a very simple recipe, and you’re welcome to mix and match the ingredients as you like.

  • Add protein. You could add sauteed shrimp, grilled or baked chicken, or tofu (smoked or regular) for added protein.
  • Swap the veggies. Have veggies on hand you need to use up? Steam away and toss in the sesame ginger salad dressing!
  • Saute the veggies instead of steaming them. I prefer steaming the veggies for this edamame salad simply because it’s quicker and less of a mess, but you can also saute them in a skillet over medium-high heat until done to your liking.
Green Powerhouse Salad with Sesame-Ginger Vinaigrette (vegan, GF) - Want to feel better, stronger, healthier? This salad does wonders!

Tips for Making a Green Salad with Edamame

I recommend steaming the vegetables just until crisp-tender. You want them to have some crunch to them so the salad is full of textures and not mushy.

Once the salad has been assembled, you need to eat it right away. The mixed greens in particular will wilt and don’t hold up well once tossed in the dressing.

Adjust the amount of ginger in the sesame ginger dressing to suit your tastes. I love lots of ginger, but you may prefer less.

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

What to Serve with the Edamame Salad

Pair the sesame ginger edamame salad with one or more of your favorite Asian entrees:

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Green Edamame Salad with Sesame-Ginger Dressing

By Averie Sunshine
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.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 2
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Ingredients  

Salad

  • about 3 cups mixed greens, loosely packed
  • ½ cup steamed edamame
  • ½ to 1 cup steamed broccoli
  • ½ cup steamed peas
  • ½ cup steamed sugar snap peas

Sesame-Ginger Dressing

  • ¼ 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

Instructions 

Salad

  • Place greens on a large platter; set aside.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Sesame-Ginger Dressing 

  • Add all ingredients to a medium bowl and whisk vigorously to combine. Taste, and adjust as needed.
  • Combine all steamed vegetables in one bowl, add the vinaigrette, and toss to combine.
  • Add vegetables to the greens and serve immediately.

Notes

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.

Nutrition

Serving: 1, Calories: 277kcal, Carbohydrates: 25g, Protein: 10g, Fat: 16g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 13g, Sodium: 187mg, Fiber: 8g, Sugar: 12g

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

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  1. 5 stars
    This is a beautiful salad! I used fresh ginger paste instead of dried, cut the sesame oil in half and added some olive oil, and forgot the agave – still turned out very nice! Oh, and I used Lima beans as I couldn’t find edamame in two stores. You are right that this doesn’t keep! I may try again and spin water from veggies instead of draining, and maybe try using romaine or green leaf lettuce.

  2. 4 stars
    This is a beautiful salad! I used fresh ginger paste instead of dried, cut the sesame oil in half and added some olive oil, and forgot the agave – still turned out very nice! Oh, and I used Lima beans as I couldn’t find edamame in two stores. You are right that this doesn’t keep! I may try again and spin water from veggies instead of draining, and maybe try using romaine or green leaf lettuce.

  3. 5 stars
    This is a beautiful salad! I used fresh ginger paste instead of dried, cut the sesame oil in half and added some olive oil, and forgot the agave – still turned out very nice! Oh, and I used Lima beans as I couldn’t find edamame in two stores. You are right that this doesn’t keep! I may try again and spin water from veggies instead of draining, and maybe try using romaine or green leaf lettuce.

  4. 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 :)

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

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

  7. 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!

  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. 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.

    1. 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.

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

  11. 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 :)

  12. 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!

  13. 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!!

    1. 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 :)

  14. 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 :)

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

  16. 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

    1. 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!

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

  18. 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!

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

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

  21. 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—-

  22. 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!

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

  24. 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!

  25. 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!

    1. 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 :)

  26. 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.

    1. 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!

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

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

  29. 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

  30. 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!

    1. 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!

      1. 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.

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

  31. 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 :)

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