Asian Chopped Salad with Sesame Soy Vinaigrette (In a Jar)

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This colorful Asian-inspired salad is layered with edamame, bell peppers, carrots, snow peas, cabbage and lettuce and a simple sesame-soy vinaigrette. One jar is a huge serving, perfect for lunch or it can serve two as a side dish.

This colorful Asian-inspired salad is layered with edamame, bell peppers, carrots, snow peas, cabbage and lettuce and a simple sesame-soy vinaigrette. One jar is a huge serving, perfect for lunch or it can serve two as a side dish.

I love the convenience of using mason jars to pack salads for lunch on the go. To do this, the dressing goes on the bottom of the jar, then you start with ingredients that won’t get soggy. You always put the lettuce at the very top, then right before you’re ready to eat give it a good shake to get everything mixed well and pour it out onto a plate.

These will stay fresh in the refrigerator for a week.

This colorful Asian-inspired salad is layered with edamame, bell peppers, carrots, snow peas, cabbage and lettuce and a simple sesame-soy vinaigrette. One jar is a huge serving, perfect for lunch or it can serve two as a side dish.
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Asian Chopped Salad with Sesame Soy Vinaigrette (In a Jar)

231 Cals 8 Protein 23 Carbs 13.5 Fats
Total Time: 20 mins
Yield: 4 servings
COURSE: Lunch, Salad
CUISINE: American
This colorful Asian-inspired salad is layered with edamame, bell peppers, carrots, snow peas, cabbage and lettuce and a simple sesame-soy vinaigrette. One jar is a huge serving, perfect for lunch or it can serve two as a side dish.

Ingredients

  • For Salad:
  • 1 ½ cups shelled edamame
  • 1 medium red bell pepper, thinly sliced then cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 medium yellow bell pepper, thinly sliced then cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 cup thinly sliced snow peas
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • 4 scallions, chopped
  • 4 cups shredded purple cabbage, about 1/2 small head
  • 4 cups chopped Romaine lettuce, about 1 small head
  • For Sesame Soy Dressing:
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce or Gluten-free Tamari
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice, from 1 lemon
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon grated ginger
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons canola, light olive or grapeseed oil
  • 1/2 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon sesame seeds

Instructions

  • In a small mason jar combine the dressing ingredients and shake well.
  • Place 2 tablespoons of the dressing on the bottom of 4 large quart sized mason jars.
  • Divide the edamame and place over the dressing.
  • Then the peppers, carrots, snow peas, scallions, cabbage and lettuce and cover.
  • Refrigerate until ready to eat.
  • Just before eating, shake well to toss then pour onto a plate.

Nutrition

Serving: 1jar (3 cups salad, 2 tbsp dressing), Calories: 231kcal, Carbohydrates: 23g, Protein: 8g, Fat: 13.5g, Sodium: 404mg, Fiber: 7.5g, Sugar: 12g
Keywords: Under 30 Minutes, Vegetarian Meals

Asian Chopped Salad with Sesame Soy Vinaigrette (In a Jar) – perfect for lunch on the go! Weight Watchers Smart Points: 7 Calories: 231
Asian Chopped Salad with Sesame Soy Vinaigrette (In a Jar) – perfect for lunch on the go! Weight Watchers Smart Points: 7 Calories: 231
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Asian Chopped Salad with Sesame Soy Vinaigrette (In a Jar) – perfect for lunch on the go! Weight Watchers Smart Points: 7 Calories: 231

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57 comments

  1. This salad dressing recipe is the absolute best! It was beyond delicious…. Easy to make and the flavor is out of this world. I cheated and used ground ginger instead of fresh….still delicious!

  2. This is great for meal prep and so pretty, too!

  3. I wanted to like this but just felt like it was bland. Very little dressing to cover the cabbage. Super dry. Might try again and just use more dressing. 

  4. We love this recipe – it’s easy, healthy and delicious! Great for a quick lunch and perfect for vegetarians! We are big fans of Skinnytaste’s salads in a jar! So convenient. pretty and crisp. Salads are a lot more appealing since we started making them in a Mason jar!

  5. Hi Gina, we love your recipes so much, including this one. However, I think something is missing from the dressing: vinegar – probably rice vinegar. The lemon juice wasn’t sufficient acid to create the vinaigrette and while the overall taste was good, it just lacked the vinegar “bite.” Could you recheck this please? Thank you!

  6. How do you calculate the points? Every time I put the nutritional information in my WW app, the calculation is off from yours?

    • Hi Nicole! The only accurate way to determine any recipe’s SmartPoints® value is to plug the ingredients into the recipe builder on the Weight Watchers website (Click on “My Foods,” select “Recipe,” and click “Create a recipe.”) which does not count fruits and vegetables in recipes in the calculations as they are now 0 points.

      The SmartPoints® calculator isn’t meant for recipes and will often give you the wrong points (usually higher) because it’s counting the fruits and vegetables. So if you see a recipe with a SmartPoints® value that’s different from what the calculator tells you, now you know why.

  7. This is delicious! I used toasted sesame oil and a frozen cube of ginger defrosted so I didn’t have to shread it.  The flavor was right on.  I’m loving the jar idea too.  Easy to prep and even easier to grab n go for the week.  Thank you! Keep these recipes coming! 

  8. We liked the mix of vegetables in this salad but no the dressing.  I think it was too much soy sauce and not enough of other flavors.  I’m having leftovers today with Annie’s Asian Sesame dressing.  I served it with Asian saucy meatballs from cooking light. 

  9. I made this salad without the lettuce and mixed it with cauliflower rice. It was amazing!! Drizzled with sriracha and some
    Chopped avocado it made a refreshing bowl for lunch. 

  10. This was the first recipe I used from this site and I truly loved it! I have to admit that when I made the dressing I didn’t think the amount I was using was going to be enough but it’s so packed with flavor a little really does go a long way. I did cheat some as calorie content is not my main focus, more of trying to change unhealthy meals to healthier ones. To save time I used the “squeezable” ginger. It has a couple extra ingredients but I don’t think it took away from the flavor at all. Other than that I swapped out the snow peas (as I didn’t have any) for cucumbers. I have had this for dinner two nights in a row and looking forward to dinner for the next two nights at which point I might just have to make more.

    Thank you!

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  12. Just made these for this week’s lunches. Looking forward to soy ginger yumminess. Please keep the jar salad ideas coming. I get bored easily and I am always looking for new ways to eat well. 🙂

  13. Huge salad.  The lettuce does stay fresh for several days, but it’s more than one meal.  I added some chicken to up the protein count.  would recommend a smaller jar and increasing the dressing just a bit.

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  15. I made this minus the red bell pepper and it was delicious!

  16. I love love this recipe the only thing I added was some mixed tomatoes and grilled chicken. Overall this is one of my favorite Skinny recipes. I love all of the stuff that I have made from here. Thank you Gina for sharing these wonderful recipes!! 

  17. How many points for just the dressing? 🙂

    • The points are pretty much all in the dressing…the rest is pretty much just free veggies. But what a yummy dressing!! With the addition of some shrimp or chicken, this would make a filling meal.

  18. Yes, please share if edamame is fresh or frozen – if frozen, do you cook it first? Thanks!

    • I used frozen and thawed it in cool water while I prepped the rest of the veggies. It worked perfectly – just make sure you drain the water before you add to the salad 😛

  19. I love Jar Salads and your website, haven't had a bad meal yet and lost 20lbs! Anywho please, please, pleeeeease post more jar salads!!! I've been making them for a year and I need new options and dressings! Thanks.

  20. This might be a dumb question but I could not for the life of me find fresh edamame – only frozen? Would that be okay or would it make the whole thing weird and kind of watery?
    Looking forward to more jar salads!