Whenever we eat at my favorite Asian restaurants, I always order a spicy Asian salad. I adore the simple ingredients bathed in the spicy Asian salad dressing. So, I planned an Asian dinner this evening, and I decided to make my own version of an Asian salad recipe with homemade Asian vinaigrette. Of course, my Asian salad dressing is oil-free as well.
What are the ingredients in a spicy Asian salad?
As I said before, the ingredients are fairly simple, and the combination of flavors with the spicy Asian dressing is the key to this delicious Asian salad recipe.
First, I chose to chop my Romaine lettuce into small bite-sized pieces similar to the restaurant version.
The Asian salad ingredients
- Romaine Lettuce
- English Cucumber
- Green Onions (Scallions)
- Sea Weed
- Sesame Seeds
Next, the spicy Asian salad dressing is the hidden gem of this Asian salad recipe. Although most Asian restaurants use sesame oil in their dressing, I skipped the oil and created my own spicy Asian dressing recipe.
Similar to the salad, the dressing ingredients are simple and don't require a blender.
Asian Vinaigrette Ingredients
- Rice vinegar
- Soy sauce (or Tamari for a gluten-free option)
- Freshly grated ginger
- Minced garlic
And, the dressing goes a long way, so it only requires a small amount to dress the entire salad.
- Wait to toss the salad with the dressing before serving
- Begin with a smaller amount of Sriracha in the dressing if you are sensitive to spice. You can always add spice, but you can't take it away.
- Add other vegetables like purple cabbage or white cabbage for an added crunch.
- If eating this salad as an entree, add Tofu with Peanut Sauce or another favorite tofu recipe.
- Or, choose to add diced avocado.
Once the salad is tossed, sprinkle with additional sesame seeds.
What dishes go well with spicy Asian salad?
- General Tso Cauliflower
- Yum Yum Noodles
- Vietnamese Noodles
- Spicy Peanut Noodles
- Dan dan noodles
- Yaki Udon Noodles
- Garlic Noodles
- Asian Tahini Noodle Bowl
I made my General Tso Cauliflower for dinner tonight, which tasted fabulous with my Asian salad recipe.
Is the Asian dressing recipe fat-free?
- Yes, and no oil-free.
What is Tamari?
- Tamari is a Japanese soy sauce made by fermenting soybeans and usually gluten-free. Compared with most soy sauces, it's darker, less salty, and has a strong umami flavor.
Where can I buy Tamari?
- Most grocery stores carry TAmari, where the soy sauce and other Asian foods are sold. If not, I buy my tamari on Amazon.
So, the next time you crave Asian food at home, give this spicy Asian salad a try.
Hi! My name is Kathy, I am a retired high school English teacher & vegan enthusiast and blogger. My entire blog is fully plant-based vegan. I truly believe what we eat & how we live determines our health & the preservation of our planet! 🙂