Crunchy Asian Salad with Sriracha Peanut Dressing


This Crunchy Asian Salad is a dynamically addicting combination of crisp, vibrant veggies with crunchy toasted peanuts and ramen all doused in creamy, irresistible Sriracha Peanut Dressing!


This Asian Salad Recipe is s so crazy good I was eating it for breakfast the next day AKA it’s destined to become one of your favorite Asian salads of all time.  And bonus, it is a FABULOUS make ahead salad without anything to prep last minute and stores beautifully! 

Crunchy Asian Salad with Sriracha Peanut Dressing.

I first posted a very modified version of this Crunchy Asian Salad with Sriracha Peanut Dressing back in July 2014, my first year of blogging.  From the sound of it, I could have written that post today:

“Thank you all so much for your best wishes for a speedy recovery from my pneumonia.  I was able to come home from the hospital on home IVs, and I’m not sure who was more excited about it, me or Kiwi? (cue video of Kiwi welcoming me home)

As excited as Kiwi was that I was home, that’s almost as excited as I get to share new recipes with you!  (I only say almost because I would be lying if I said I jumped up and down repeatedly for 10 minutes straight like Kiwi 🙂 )”

Crunchy Asian Salad with Sriracha Peanut Dressing with limes.

I’m just as grateful today as I was then for your encouragement and support and I’m just as excited to share this beautified Crunchy Asian Salad with Sriracha Peanut Dressing with you especially because this was the first salad I created that I fell in love with.

Crunchy Asian Salad with Sriracha Peanut Dressing being poured over top.

I used to not be much of a salad person – too much “chopping” for my taste and not enough satisfying flavor.  But with one taste of this Crunchy Asian Salad with Sriracha Peanut Dressing in 2014  – I was converted.

I discovered the secret to a successful, dynamite salad is not only a killer, flavor loaded dressing but plenty of crunch  – and this Asian Chinese Salad is packed with it!  Napa cabbage, Romaine lettuce, snow peas, green onions, carrots, cilantro and bell peppers all topped with roasted peanuts and toasted Ramen – a texture lover’s dream.

Crunchy Asian Salad in a silver bowl.

This Crunchy Asian Salad becomes even dreamier with a drizzling – or bathing if you prefer – of the dazzling hero of this salad – the mega creamy,  Sriracha Peanut Dressing.  This dressing has a base of olive oil, and peanut butter thinned with water and layered with rice vinegar, soy sauce, ginger, garlic, honey, lime and sriracha.  Its nutty, savory, salty, tangy with a punch (of customizable) heat.  I use the full one tablespoon sriracha for my dressing but if you don’t love heat or aren’t sure how much to use, simply start with 1 teaspoon and add more to taste.

Serving Crunchy Asian Salad with Sriracha Peanut Dressing.

Crunchy Asian Salad  – a texture lover, flavor lover’s dream that might just have you jumping up and down in flavorful bliss…maybe just not for 10 straight minutes.

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This Crunchy Asian Salad with Sriracha peanut Dressing is CRAZY GOOD!   The combination of texures is amazing and the dressing is absolutely addicting!  This salad is so good I was actually eating leftovers for breakfast! 

Asian Salad with Sriracha Peanut Dressing

This Crunchy Asian Salad is a dynamically addicting combination of crisp, vibrant veggies with crunchy toasted peanuts and ramen all doused in creamy, irresistible Sriracha Peanut Dressing! This Asian Salad Recipe is s so crazy good I was eating it for breakfast the next day AKA it's destined to become one of your favorite Asian salads of all time.  And bonus, it is a FABULOUS make ahead salad without anything to prep last minute and stores beautifully! 
Servings: 6
Prep Time: 25 minutes

Ingredients

Salad

  • 1/2 head red cabbage, chopped
  • 1/2 head romaine lettuce, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 2 carrots, cut into matchsticks
  • 1 heaping cup snow peas, ends trimmed and julienned
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, coarsely chopped
  • 1/4 cup green onion, chopped

Garnish

  • 1 cup roasted salted peanuts, roughly chopped
  • 1 package Top Ramen noodles, roughly broken

Optional

  • chopped Rotisserie chicken
  • chopped pineapple
  • chopped mango

Sriracha Peanut Dressing

  • 1/2 cup smooth peanut butter (may sub crunchy)
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon low sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • ½ tsp EACH garlic powder, ginger powder, dried basil
  • 1/4 tsp EACH salt, pepper
  • 1 tablespoon sriracha more or less to taste

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (to toast peanuts and Ramen noodles).
  • Meanwhile, whisk together all dressing ingredients in a medium bowl. Taste and season with additional salt, pepper and sriracha as desired. Chill in the refrigerator. (Best if chilled at least 30 minutes)
  • Add broken Ramen noodles to half of a large baking sheet in a single layer and the peanuts to the other half. Bake at 425 degrees F for approximately 4-8 minutes, or until golden in some places, stir and bake an additional 1-2 minutes or until Ramen is mostly golden (it won't be even, so don't worry about it) .
  • Add salad ingredients to a large bowl and toss to combine. Top with peanuts and Ramen noodles.
  • Drizzle individual servings with dressing and additional lime juice if desired.

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23 Comments

  1. K Callahan says

    I have made several of your recipes and just love them! Nearly every blog post I read has me wanting to try it immediately, because your creations sound so flavorful and the the photos are always so vibrant and colorful. Everything looks so deliciously appetizing and yummy! Your salads are never boring which is what I normally think when I think of salad. I can’t wait to try this salad! Thank you for sharing your recipes.

    • Jen says

      What an awesome comment to wake up to, thank you so much! I am honored and flattered you are loving my recipes and that my blog posts have you wanting to try more! I am not a salad fan unless it is anything but boring so that’s the only way we roll around here 🙂 I hope you love this salad too! Have a fabulous day!

  2. Judi says

    Love, love , ok, one more time, love your blog….I absolutely cannot say,we have ever said at the end of the meal, well????? It’s always, Well, that was spectacular!!! And thank goodness this arrived in my email this morning, cause I was scratching my head as I do about this time during the summer…..what haven’t I grilled yet?

    AND, you, Jen, most definitely, with Patrick and Kiwi are in my daily prayers…wishing you all the best moments, always!! Your attitude is what makes it……being a cancer warrior, I truly believe that’s what makes us get through every day and every moment of the day….one foot print at a time!!!

    Wishing you a fantastic week always!!

    • Jen says

      Thank you so so much Judi for your awesome comment! I am honored your family loves my recipe so much, that makes my heart so happy! Above all, thank you so so much for your daily prayers, you are so giving and thoughful – and I know your prayers make a difference! xoxoxo

  3. Judi says

    I meant to say,…….I absolutely CAN say, we have never ever said at the end of the meal..Well??? We’ve always said, Well, it’s spectacular…sorry on the missing of the words…..I apologize!!!!

  4. Nilanthi Aziz says

    Cannot find snowpeas in Sri Lanka. What would be the substitute. Would love to try making the salad.

    • Jen says

      Hi Nilanthi all the way from Sri Lanka, thanks for visiting my site! I would increase the cabbage and carrots to make up for the crunch and it will still be delicious!

  5. Maria says

    Made this today and loved it! The flavors and crunch were wonderful. Thank you.

    • Jen says

      You are so welcome Maria, I’m so happy you loved it! Thank you!!

  6. Victoria @ HowDaily says

    Lovely recipe, Jen! It contains many healthy ingredients and looks so yummy. Many thanks for sharing it!

    • Jen says

      You are so welcome Victoria, its one of our favs! Thank you for your kind comment!

  7. Maria says

    Hi, I’m in Brazil, what’s Sriracha? Can I make myself, I dought if have here.

    • Jen says

      Hi Maria, it is an Asian chili sauce- so any Asian chili Sauce would work and if you don’t have that then I would add hot sauce to taste. I hope that helps!

  8. Maryann says

    You’ve knocked it out of the ball park with this salad! The dressing is seriously A.M.A.Z.I.N.G!! I don’t know how you come up with such complex flavors, but this dressing is out of this world tasty. Best salad ever! Not only is it filled with a bunch of super healthy vegetables, it’s filling and my whole family enjoys it. It’s on regular rotation in our house and I thought it was about time I told you that =). I omitted the ramen and subbed yacon syrup for the honey. Thank you for such a delicious recipe!

    • Jen says

      YAY! Thank you Maryann! “Best salad ever” is the ultimate compliment! You are seriously making my day over here 🙂 I love your comments knowing you and your family are enjoying my recipes. Thank you!!!

  9. Connie says

    Amazing flavor and texture-thank you! However 1st batch of peanuts/ramen were burned at 7 minutes—3 + 1 minutes worked the 2nd time. When I make again, will chop all veggies to bite size so I don’t have to put the fork down when eating!

    • Jen says

      Hi Connie, I am so sorry your ramen burnt in less cooking time – all add a note to the recipe – maybe it’s the size of the ramen pieces? Hope its perfect next time!

  10. Jyoti Sondhi says

    Hello from Abu Dhabi , can I use olive oil instead of canola as this is what I have in hand at the moment ?

    Thank you
    Jo

    • Jen says

      Hello from afar, thanks for stopping by my site! Yes, you can use olive oil, it is not as neutral tasting but will still work. Enjoy!

  11. Heidi says

    Hi there
    I made this delicious dressing tonight but the consistency was very thick- almost spreadable. I followed recipe and not sure what went wrong. Any ideas to thin it out without compromising flavor? Thanks!

    • Jen says

      Hi Heidi, different blenders blend to to different consistencies – mine tends to thin things out. I would simply add some water to thin. Enjoy!

  12. Kendra says

    Can you sub the Canola oil for sesame oil?

    • Jen says

      Hi Kendra, 1/4 cup will be too strong but you can add a few teaspoons to taste. Enjoy!