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Crunchy Asian Chopped Salad with Peanut Dressing

This Asian Chopped Salad with Napa Cabbage and Peanut Dressing, is loaded with healthy, crunchy veggies, peanuts, and edamame. Top it off with this tangy peanut dressing for a nourishing lunch or dinner.

Crunchy Asian Chopped SaladI would have posted this recipe for Crunchy Asian Chopped Salad with Peanut Dressing sooner, but the dog ate the peanuts.

This guy.

My Sweet Labradoodle // The Spicy RDPlease don’t let him fool you…I know he looks all sweet and innocent, but he’s really sneaky!

By the way, he also ate the chocolate covered macadamia nuts I brought back from Hawaii.

Or, at least he licked the chocolate off, and left a pile of macadamia nuts on my bedroom floor.

Did you know macadamia nut oil stains your rug BRIGHT yellow?

I know now.

Anyways, back to this yummy, super healthy Asian Chopped Salad, that I know you’re going to love!

It was inspired by a salad I had at my in-laws house.  One of the guests brought it, and it was so fresh, flavorful, and crunchy, I just knew I had to re-create it with my own twist which included swapping out the green cabbage for Napa cabbage, and adding in some crunchy radishes.

Asian Cabbage Salad Ingredients // The Spicy RD

Crunchy Asian Chopped Cabbage Salad with Peanut Dressing // The Spicy RDBlue polished nails are a must for tossing!

Speaking of crunchy radishes, did you know that I just found out after 13 years of marriage that Mr. Spicy loves radishes???  I’ve been trying to buy them more since I found out.  There’s true love for you 🙂

Ok ,ok…Enough lovey dovey stuff.

Here’s the recipe…

Asian Chopped Salad

Crunchy Asian Chopped Salad with Peanut Dressing

This Asian Chopped Salad with Napa Cabbage and Peanut Dressing, is loaded with healthy, crunchy veggies, peanuts, and edamame. Top it off with this tangy peanut dressing for a nourishing lunch or dinner.
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Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4 main servings or 8 side servings


Peanut Dressing

  • 3/4 cup high oleic sunflower seed or other neutral tasting oil
  • 1/4 rice wine vinegar
  • Juice from 1/2 of a lime
  • 1 tablespoon peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup or honey
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 teaspoon fresh minced ginger
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce or gluten-free tamari, or to taste


  • 2 cups chopped Napa cabbage
  • 2 cups chopped red cabbage
  • 1 cup thinly sliced carrots
  • 1 cup chopped red peppers
  • 1 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1/2 cup chopped radishes
  • 1 cup shelled and cooked organic edamame
  • 1/2 cup peanuts
  • 1/2 cup peanut dressing or more to taste


  • Make the dressing by combining all the ingredients in a high speed blender, and blend until smoothy and creamy. Set aside or refrigerate until ready to use.
  • Chop/cut the cabbage, carrots, red peppers. cilantro, and radishes, and place them in a large serving bowl. Add the edamame and peanuts, and toss well to combine.
  • Add 1/2 cup {or more to taste} of the dressing to the salad and mix well before serving, or serve the dressing on the side ~ 2 tablespoons dressing per 2 cups salad. You will probably have dressing left over.


This Crunchy Asian Chopped Salad is so versatile...
  • Don't eat soy?  Omit edamame and add more peanuts. Oh, yeah!
  • Don't eat peanuts? Omit peanuts {and peanut butter from dressing} and add more edamame or other nuts.
  • Don't eat peanut or soy?  Add more yummy crunchy veggies!!!
  • Loaded with antioxidants, phytonutrients, and fiber from all the veggies, this salad will fill you up, without filling you out!


Calories: 490kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 40g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 36g | Sodium: 149mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 11g
EA Stewart, RD | Registered Dietitian Nutritionist
Course Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine Asian, Gluten Free, Grain Free, Vegan
Keyword chopped salad recipe, easy chopped salad recipe, peanut dressing salad, vegan chopped salad
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Crunchy Asian Chopped Cabbage Salad with Peanut Dressing // The Spicy RDEat your Crunchy Asian Chopped Salad with chopsticks or a fork.  Your choice.

You may even want to jump on the “Salad-in-a-Jar” trend and take it to work.  Just bring the dressing on the side, so your salad doesn’t get soggy…

Crunchy Asian Chopped Cabbage Salad with Peanut Dressing in a Jar // The Spicy RD

Let’s Chat!

What summer salads have you been craving lately? Have you jumped on the Salad-in-a-Jar trend? Do you have a sneaky dog like me???

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34 thoughts on “Crunchy Asian Chopped Salad with Peanut Dressing”

  1. I love Asian chopped salads AND peanut dressing. This sounds like a fabulous combination! Your pup is so cute 🙂

  2. This looks amazing! It reminds me of a healthified version of the salad my gymnastics coaches used to make for us when we had meets! I’m definitely gonna have to try it out! <3

  3. Great salad but I had to comment about the macadamia nuts which are extremely toxic to dogs. Even one nut can be toxic. Clinical signs usually develop within 12 hours after ingestion. The most common presenting sign is weakness and inability to walk, especially in the hind legs. Other signs include: vomiting, staggering gait, depression, tremors and elevated body temperature (hyperthermia). Paralysis is usually temporary in a healthy dog without any underlying problems, but in a dog with hidden health problems, it can be fatal. Chocolate is also extremely toxic to dogs as are raisins and advocados, both can kill in tiny amounts. Sorry to be a party pooper but I worked in clinical practice for over 15 years and it’s amazing how many people don’t know this.

  4. LOL, your dog is adorable .. even if he is a bit rotten on occasion. My dog has eaten a few forbidden things in her day, too! =) And this salad? Looks SO good. You have no idea how much I wish it was in front of me right now!

  5. Perhaps he thought you they were a gift for him from Hawaii. 🙂 Glad he is ok though.
    My friend’s dog got into lollipops once in her pantry and had them stuck all over his fur. It was so sad but at the same time pretty funny.
    This salad looks amazing. So fresh!

  6. That’s my 11 yo, going on 21 yo daughter wearing the blue nail polish~ I thought it would be a fun photo with the colorful salad. I swear she washed her hands first 🙂 Thanks for your sweet comments Terra! xo

  7. Your raw power salad is still my favorite salad ever. I can’t wait until I’m done with recipe development for my book and I can get back to eating it for lunch every day again. 🙂 But I might have to throw this one into the mix too–you had me at peanut dressing! 😀

    1. Thanks so much Karman and so glad you stopped by 🙂 I ate this for dinner the first night I made it, then 2 days in a row after that for lunch-it keeps fantastically!

    1. Thanks Deanna!! One of my son’s good friends used to be terrified of Harry, but they are good buddies now-not a mean bone in his furry body. Just sneaky ones 🙂

  8. Yum! I love peanut dressing and will pour it into anything ;). I love that you use sunflower seed oil..haven’t seen that before. So colorful and full of textures. Love it! Aww your dog is sooo cute. He sure knows how to work it..just look at that innocent face. Sounds a lot like my dog. Can’t believe he just licked the chocolate. Kona (my miniature schnauzer) would have ate the whole thing in no time. And I would have freaked out that he ate chocolate! I have not tried the salad-in-a-jar. However, in Korea, the “use your styrofoam cup” is very popular right now. Basically, you fill that lil’ cup with whatever and that’s suppose to be your meal..I know…that’s like nothing. It’s summertime so very typical of Korean women to take dieting to the extreme.

    1. Thanks Min! Salad in a styrofoam cup would not work for me at all. Harry {the dog} has eaten many a chocolate in his life. We try and keep it away from him, but as you can see, he is a very big dog {although he does not look very manly in that outfit-LOL}. Fortunately, it does not affect him 🙂

      1. I know right..styrofoam is meant for fluids not food. I like to dress Kona too..he even has booties for walking ;). Harry truly looks great in pink hehe. I can tell he’s full of personality!

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