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Asian Green Salad with Soy-Sesame Dressing and Sesame Seeds

Asian Green Salad with Soy-Sesame Dressing and Sesame Seeds is a new favorite at my house and this recipe is dairy-free, gluten-free, vegan, and low-glycemic! Use Salad Recipes for more recipes like this one.

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Asian Green Salad Recipe with Soy-Sesame Dressing and Sesame Seeds found on KalynsKitchen.com

I’m infatuated with salads.  Many days I’ll eat a big salad for lunch and then have another small salad as part of my dinner.  I like salads of every kind, and that’s why there’s such a huge category for Salad Recipes on this blog. With all the salad love going on around here, every so often a salad comes along that really knocks my socks off, and for more than a week now I’ve been eating this amazing Asian Green Salad with Soy-Sesame Dressing and Sesame Seeds.

The salad came from Food to Live By, a great cookbook written by one of the owners of Earthbound Farms, and it’s a recipe she got from the owners of Flying Fish Grill, where it’s one of her favorite things to order.  It’s the flavorful shake-in-a-jar dressing that makes this salad.

Romaine lettuce and baby greens are tossed together with the dressing and then top with slivered carrots, slivered cucumbers, diced tomatoes, and sesame seeds.That’s all there is to it, and truthfully when I was making it I was skeptical, especially about the dressing which seemed awfully thin to be a dressing for lettuce.  But the ultra-flavorful salad was absolutely devoured by Jake and I the first time we made it, and I think I’ve made it five more times in a week.  If you’re a salad lover like I am, I promise this is a salad worth paying attention to.

Asian Green Salad Recipe with Soy-Sesame Dressing and Sesame Seeds found on KalynsKitchen.com

Combine soy sauce, unseasoned rice vinegar, grapeseed oil, sesame oil, and sweetener of your choice in a jar.  Put the lid on and shake until everything is dissolved together. (Be sure to use gluten-free soy sauce if needed.) If I hadn’t been skeptical about the dressing I might have done a better job on my matchstick cucumbers and carrots! I couldn’t resist using a few of my Green Zebra tomatoes which are still hanging on, but small grape tomatoes would be great in this. And if it’s not tomato season I’d just skip the tomatoes!

Tear apart one heart of Romaine lettuce and wash and dry in a salad spinner (or by hand.) Combine the Romaine with about 4 cups of baby greens and toss with enough dressing to coat the lettuce. Arrange the dressed lettuce on a plate or in a salad bowl, top with carrots, cucumbers, tomatoes, and a generous sprinkling of toasted sesame seeds.  This Asian Green Salad with Soy-Sesame Dressing will be devoured by anyone who tries it. And this recipe is perfect for Weekend Food Prep; make the dressing and cut lettuce, cucumber and keep them in the fridge to make salads later in the week!

Asian Green Salad Recipe with Soy-Sesame Dressing and Sesame Seeds found on KalynsKitchen.com

Make it a Meal:

I’d eat a big bowl of this for lunch or serve it as a side salad for dinner with something like Forbidden City Chicken or Chicken Breasts with Cilantro and Red Thai Curry Peanut Sauce.

More Green Salad with International Flavors:

Mediterranean Lettuce Salad with Purslane from Kalyn’s Kitchen
Fresh Green Salad with Lemon-Lime Dressing from My Colombian Recipes
Ottolenghi’s Perfect Lettuce Salad from Kalyn’s Kitchen
Crispy Lettuce Wedge with Low-Fat Russian Dressing from The Perfect Pantry
Peperoncini Chopped Salad with Romaine, Red Bell Pepper, and Feta from Kalyn’s Kitchen

Weekend Food Prep:

This recipe has been added to a new category called Weekend Food Prep  to help you find recipes you can prep or cook on the weekend and eat during the week!

Amazing Asian Green Salad with Soy-Sesame Dressing and Sesame Seeds

Asian Green Salad with Soy-Sesame Dressing and Sesame Seeds is a new favorite at my house.


Dressing Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup unseasoned rice vinegar
  • 1/4 cup grapeseed oil (or other neutral-flavored oil)
  • 1 T sesame seed oil
  • 1/4 cup sweetener of your choice

Salad Ingredients:

  • I heart of Romaine lettuce, torn apart, washed, and dried
  • 4 cups baby greens
  • 1 cup diced tomato
  • 1/2 cup matchstick carrots
  • 1/2 cup matchstick cucumber
  • 1-2 tsp. toasted sesame seeds


  1. Combine the soy sauce, rice vinegar, oil, sesame oil, and sweetener of your choice in a jar with a tight-fitting lid.  Put lid on and shake jar until all the ingredients are dissolved.
  2. Tear apart the Romaine heart, wash, and spin dry or dry with paper towels.
  3. Dice tomato.  Cut carrots and cucumber into matchstick strips until you have about 1/2 cup of each.
  4. Toast sesame seeds in a dry frying pan for 1-2 minutes, just until they start to smell toasted.  (Or buy pre-toasted sesame seeds and you can use them right from the jar.)
  5. Put the washed Romaine and baby greens into a medium sized bowl and toss with enough dressing to coat all the greens (about 2-3 T.)
  6. Arrange the dressed greens on individual salad plates or in bowls.  Top each salad with some tomato, carrots, and cucumber and sprinkle with sesame seeds.
  7. Serve immediately.


We used low-sodium soy sauce; be sure to use gluten-free soy sauce if needed

This recipe was adapted just slightly from Flying Fish Salad in Food to Live By.

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Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
You’d have to omit the carrots from this Asian Green Salad with Soy-Sesame Dressing if you’re eating it for phase one or another strict low-carb plan and maybe go easy on the tomatoes, but as long as you use an approved sweetener in the dressing, everything else here is a great choice for any phase of the South Beach Diet and other low-carb eating plans.

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    36 Comments on “Asian Green Salad with Soy-Sesame Dressing and Sesame Seeds”

  1. Sue your version sounds great, especially the black sesame seeds. So glad it was a winner for you.

  2. I made this salad dressing yesterday, although I can't remember whether I used sweetener or not! If I did, I just squezed a few drops of a carb-free liquid sweetener (no Splenda in Switzerland). I like that the recipe for this dressing can easily be remembered – this is certainly a plus!
    For the salad I just used what I had on hand: iceberg lettuce, red bell pepper, bean sprouts, spring onions and I used black sesame seeds for more contrast.
    I served the salad as a side to gingery beef pie and after having a first bite of the salad my boyfriend proclaimed: "This is good!". I guess that means I'll make it again!

  3. Josephine, there is gluten free soy sauce like this one. I am assuming that's what people would have in their fridge if they need it.

  4. uh..soy sauce isn't gluten free

  5. I'm surprised you found it that sweet, as there are equal amounts of soy sauce, vinegar, oil, and sweetener but definitely use less next time. I buy Grapeseed oil at Costco, where it's very reasonable. There are a few other recipes on the blog using it, and more to come!

  6. It took me a few days to get all my ingredients tog. I followed as directed. I really love the salad,and will make again.However I must make this one comment in regards to the amount of sweetener. I used the yellow package stuff,and measured it out to equal the recipe. For me it was way too sweet. The second day I added some additional vinegar to offset that,but it was still too sweet. I marked on the recipe to reduce the sweetness to at least 1/2. Love the concept,and will work at this again. I was shocked at the price of the oil,one store it was $11.plus. Certainly not in my budget, I did find some however for $6. which is still high. Hope Kalyn can help me use this in other dishes.;o)

  7. Margaret, so glad you enjoyed it.

  8. So yummy — cannot count the number of times my hubby said, in many different ways, how delicious it was!

  9. Mimi, glad you liked it. And duh, I think we used low-sodium soy sauce so I will change that in the directions, Thanks!!

  10. Made this last night for dinner. OMGoodness, it is WONDERFUL!!! I used grape tomatoes, cut in half, but otherwise followed the recipe to a tee. The only thing I might do differently next time (and there will be a next and a next and a next…) would be to use 2 T low-sodium soy sauce and 2 T regular soy sauce. It was a tad bit salty and I love salt. Thanks for a great recipe! Oh, and I served it with Pan Seared Scallops with Sesame Sauce. Yummmmm

  11. Yin&Yang and Jeanette, just had it again last night for dinner!

  12. That sounds like a salad I could enjoy everyday too. The ingredients are similar to a salad dressing I used to buy at the Asian grocery store.

  13. The salad looks delicious! More importantly, the ingredients are easy to get and can be put together in matter of minutes. Thank you for sharing this wonderful recipe!

  14. Emily, so glad you like the sound of it. Still eating it here!

    Jamie, I try to eat salad every day too and have a lot of dressing ideas really does help. This one is a keeper!

  15. Beautiful! We eat salad every day and changing the flavors always makes it more interesting. We love Asian-inspired and flavored dressings best!

  16. What a recipe! Can't wait to try this one…I looove salads! It's nearing lunch time at work and this one's making me real hungry. Thanks for sharing!