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Baby Bok Choy Salad with Sesame Dressing

This Baby Bok Choy Salad is full of crunchy almonds, ramen noodles, and a sweet Sesame Dressing. It's like Chinese takeout in salad form!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 187 kcal

Ingredients

FOR THE SESAME DRESSING:

  • ¼ cup light brown sugar
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds (see notes)
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce

FOR THE BABY BOK CHOY SALAD:

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 package ramen noodles crumbled, seasoning packet discarded
  • ¼ cup sliced almonds
  • 1 bunch baby bok choy sliced (5 – 6 bulbs)
  • 5 scallions chopped
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Instructions

  1. To make the dressing, in a small bowl or in a jar with a tight-fitting lid, combine brown sugar, olive oil, vinegar, sesame seeds, and soy sauce. Allow flavors to blend at room temperature while preparing the rest of the salad.
  2. Meanwhile, heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a large sauce pan over medium heat until shimmering. Reduce heat to low. Add ramen noodles and almonds; sauté until toasted, about 10 minutes, stirring frequently to avoid scorching.
  3. In a large bowl, combine baby bok choy, scallions, and crunchy mix. Drizzle salad dressing over the top and toss until uniformly combined. Serve at room temperature.

Recipe Notes

You may purchase toasted sesame seeds or toast regular sesame seeds yourself. To toast sesame seeds, place in a dry skillet over the lowest possible heat and shake frequently until lightly golden brown, 10 to 15 minutes.

To make ahead, mix Sesame Dressing and store covered in the refrigerator. The baby bok choy and scallions may be chopped and store separately in containers in the refrigerator. The crunchy mix may be toasted ahead of time, cooled, and stored at room temperature. I recommend that you prep the ingredients no more than 1 day ahead of time.

To make the salad gluten free, leave out the ramen noodles and sub GF soy sauce.