Baby Bok Choy Salad with Sesame Dressing Recipe
Turn the ramen in your pantry into Baby Bok Choy Salad, a crunchy, good-for-you recipe loaded with vegetables, almonds, toasted noodles, and a killer sesame soy dressing. Faster to make than a bok choy stir fry, this salad is hands-down fantastic for parties or just lunch for the week.
Servings 8 servings
For the sesame dressing:
- 1/4 cup light brown sugar
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
- 2 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds (see notes)
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce
For the salad:
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 package ramen noodles crumbled, seasoning packet discarded (see notes for vegan information)
- 1/4 cup sliced almonds
- 1 bunch baby bok choy sliced (5 – 6 bulbs)
- 5 scallions chopped
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.
To make the salad:
Heat 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.
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.
You may purchase toasted sesame seeds or toast regular sesame seeds yourself.
To toast sesame seeds (for oven and microwave methods, click here):
To make ahead:
- In a medium skillet over medium heat, heat the sesame seeds until golden brown and fragrant, stirring occasionally, about 3-5 minutes.
- Remove from heat and immediately transfer to a plate to cool completely. Store in an airtight container in the pantry for 6 months or freezer storage bag in the freezer for up to 1 year.
To make the salad gluten free:
- 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 vegan:
- Leave out the ramen noodles
- Substitute GF soy sauce
- Choose Top Ramen brand ramen noodles which are 100% vegan.