Top 20 Chinese Salad Recipes For Good Health August 18, 2017

Chinese salad is a fusion food, and the first recipe appeared in a cookbook in the 1930s. Since then, many variations have been developed by recipe developers and chefs from all around the world. This healthy and flavorful salad is more American than Chinese and it throws light on the hard working Chinese immigrants who visioned fusion food so early in the day to fulfill their American Dream. Today, the Chinese salad is a tremendous success and is served in restaurants across the world. But the best part is you can prepare these delicious salads at home. Here are 20 Chinese salad recipes for better body, mind, and health.

1. Vegan Rice Noodle Chinese Salad

  • Prep Time: 20 min
  • Cooking Time: 10 min
  • Total Time: 30 min
  • Serves: 1

Ingredients

  • ⅔ cup cooked rice noodle
  • ¼ cup thinly sliced carrots
  • ¼ cup thinly sliced zucchini
  • ¼ cup bean sprouts
  • 1 teaspoon black sesame seeds
  • 3 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoon sesame seed oil
  • ½ teaspoon minced garlic
  • ¼ teaspoon grated ginger
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • Salt to taste

How To Prepare

  1. Mix rice wine vinegar, sesame oil, soy sauce, minced garlic, grated ginger, brown sugar, and salt in a bowl.
  2. Toss the veggies and rice noodles together in another bowl.
  3. Drizzle the dressing on top and mix well.
  4. Sprinkle black sesame seeds on top. Enjoy your salad!

2. Classic Spring Onions, Radish, And Lotus Stem Chinese Salad

  • Prep Time: 30 min
  • Cooking Time: 5 min
  • Total Time: 35 min
  • Serves: 2

Ingredients

  • ½ cup thinly sliced radish
  • ½ cup chopped spring onions
  • 1 cup blanched spinach
  • ⅔ cup chopped tender lotus stem
  • 7 tablespoon orange juice
  • 3 tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 chopped red chili
  • 2 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 6 slices of pickled ginger
  • Salt to taste

How To Prepare

  1. Mix orange juice, white wine vinegar, brown sugar, red chili, pickled ginger, sesame oil, and salt in a bowl.
  2. Toss the veggies in a bowl and drizzle the dressing on top.
  3. Mix well before eating.

3. Salmon Chinese Salad

  • Prep Time: 20 min
  • Cooking Time: 30 min
  • Total Time: 50 min
  • Serves: 2

Ingredients

  • 2 salmon fillets
  • ½ cup edamame
  • 5-6 pieces of orange
  • ½ cup bean sprouts
  • ½ cup chopped red bell peppers
  • 2 teaspoon flaked almond
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 4 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoon peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon dark brown sauce
  • 3 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 2 teaspoon rice wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce
  • ⅛ teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 tablespoon white miso
  • Salt to taste
  • Cilantro for garnish

How To Prepare

  1. Prepare the dressing by mixing garlic, soy sauce, peanut butter, dark brown sugar, sesame oil, rice wine vinegar, hot sauce, black pepper, white miso, and salt in a bowl. Keep it aside.
  2. Rub salt and pepper on the salmon fillets and cook in a pan for 2 minutes on each side.
  3. Now, toss the edamame, oranges, bell peppers, and bean sprouts in a bowl.
  4. Drizzle 2/3rd of the dressing and mix the veggies well.
  5. Place the salmon fillet on top and drizzle the rest of the dressing on top of the salmon.
  6. Sprinkle the almond flakes.
  7. Finally, add cilantro on top as a garnish.

4. Tofu Crispy Noodle Chinese Salad

  • Prep Time: 20 min
  • Cooking Time: 10 min
  • Total Time: 30 min
  • Serves: 2

Ingredients

  • 1 cup medium-sized tofu cubes
  • ½ cup chopped romaine lettuce
  • ½ cup chopped iceberg lettuce
  • ½ cup thinly sliced purple cabbage
  • ¼ cup thinly sliced red onion
  • 1 cup crispy noodles
  • 2 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 2 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoon sesame oil
  • ½ teaspoon grated ginger
  • 1 teaspoon chopped green chili
  • 1 teaspoon flaked almonds
  • Salt to taste

 How To Prepare

  1. Prepare the dressing by mixing rice wine vinegar, minced garlic, soy sauce, sesame oil, grated ginger, chopped green chili, and salt in a small bowl.
  2. Drain the water from the tofu and fry the tofu cubes in a pan for a minute.
  3. Toss the tofu into a bowl.
  4. Add the veggies to the bowl containing tofu and mix well.
  5. Drizzle the dressing and toss well.
  6. Add flaked almonds on top and it is ready.

5. Chinese Salad With Fresh Tomatoes And Spinach

  • Prep Time: 20 min
  • Cooking Time: 5 min
  • Total Time: 25-30 min
  • Serves: 1

Ingredients

  • 1 cup chopped spinach
  • ½ cup chopped fresh red tomatoes
  • ½ cup bean sprouts
  • ½ cup cooked rice noodles
  • ½ cup thinly sliced carrot
  • ½ tablespoon low-fat mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • Salt to taste

How To Prepare 

  1. Mix low-fat mayonnaise, sesame oil, rice wine vinegar, soy sauce, brown sugar, black pepper, and salt in a bowl.
  2. Add the cooked noodles and roll using a chopstick. Then, carefully pull out the chopstick so that you get small balls of cooked rice noodle. Keep them aside.
  3. Now, toss the veggies into the bowl and mix well.
  4. Place the rice noodle balls on the side of the bowl and serve!

6. Crab & Pomegranate Chinese Salad

  • Prep Time: 30 min
  • Cooking Time: 10 min
  • Total Time: 40 min
  • Serves: 1

Ingredients

  • ½ cup crab meat
  • ½ cup thinly sliced beetroot
  • ¼ cup thinly sliced zucchini
  • ¼ cup thinly sliced carrots
  • ¼ cup pomegranate
  • ¼ cup baby asparagus
  • ¼ cup thinly sliced purple cabbage
  • 2 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 2 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce
  • 2 tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoon soy sauce
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 tablespoon sesame oil
  • Salt to taste

 How To Prepare

  1. Heat a teaspoon of sesame oil in a pan. Add 1 teaspoon garlic and cook for 30 seconds.
  2. Add the crab meat, baby asparagus, salt, and pepper. Stir fry for 2 minutes.
  3. Prepare the salad dressing by adding sesame oil, brown sugar, hot sauce, white wine vinegar, soy sauce, black pepper, and salt in a bowl and mixing it well.
  4. Now place a plating ring on the serving plate.
  5. Add the veggies in this order – beetroot, carrot, zucchini, purple cabbage, and baby asparagus.
  6. Now, drizzle a little bit of the salad dressing on top.
  7. Then, add the cooked crab meat on top of the veggies and drizzle some more salad dressing on top.
  8. Carefully remove the ring so that you get a “food tower”.
  9. Sprinkle the pomegranate seeds on top and it is ready!

7. Roasted Chicken And Tangerine Chinese Salad

  • Prep Time: 10 min
  • Cooking Time: 20 min
  • Total Time: 30 min
  • Serves: 2

Ingredients

  • 6 oz chicken breast
  • 2 cups chopped Chinese cabbage
  • 1 cup chopped romaine lettuce
  • 10 pieces of orange
  • 1 teaspoon sesame seeds
  • 3 tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • 3 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoon hot sauce
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon grated ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • Salt to taste

How To Prepare

  1. Rub salt, pepper, honey, and sesame oil on the chicken breast and roast them in a preheated oven for about 15-20 minutes. Make sure not to overcook the chicken.
  2. In the meantime, prepare the salad dressing by mixing sesame oil, white wine vinegar, hot sauce, minced garlic, grated ginger, and salt in a bowl.
  3. Toss the veggies into the bowl and mix well.
  4. Take the roasted chicken out and dice it using a sharp knife. Toss the pieces into the bowl with veggies.
  5. Add the oranges and top it with sesame seeds.

8. Dragonfruit & Baby Spinach Chinese Salad

  • Prep Time: 10 min
  • Cooking Time: 10 min
  • Total Time: 20 min
  • Serves: 1

Ingredients

  • ½ cup medium size dragon fruit cubes
  • 1 ½ cup baby spinach
  • ¼ cup sliced tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 2 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon sliced pickled ginger
  • 2 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • Salt to taste

How To Prepare

  1. Heat 1 teaspoon sesame oil in a pan and saute the spinach.
  2. Mix honey, sesame oil, soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, pepper, and salt in a bowl.
  3. Toss the spinach, dragonfruit, and pickled ginger into the bowl and mix well before eating.

9. Rice Vermicelli And Vegetable Chinese Salad

  • Prep Time: 10 min
  • Cooking Time: 10 min
  • Total Time: 20 min
  • Serves: 2

Ingredients

  • 2 cups cooked rice vermicelli
  • ½ cup thinly sliced green bell pepper
  • ½ cup thinly sliced carrot
  • ¼ cup thinly sliced purple cabbage
  • ¼ cup finely chopped spring onions
  • ¼ cup sliced and halved cucumber
  • Handful of mint leaves
  • 2-3 slices of lime
  • Handful of cilantro
  • 10-15 peanuts
  • 4 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce
  • Salt to taste

How To Prepare

  1. Prepare the dressing by adding rice wine vinegar, brown sugar, hot sauce, and salt in a bowl and mixing well.
  2. Toss the cooked rice vermicelli, veggies, mint leaves, cilantro, lime, and salt in another bowl.
  3. Add the dressing and mix well.
  4. Top it with peanuts and mint leaves.

10. Poached Chicken Wings Chinese Salad

  • Prep Time: 10 min
  • Cooking Time: 30 min
  • Total Time: 40 min
  • Serves: 2

Ingredients

  • 8 pieces of chicken wings with skin
  • ⅔ cup bean sprouts
  • 1 cup chopped spring onions
  • ½ cup sliced yellow tomatoes
  • 10 halved French beans
  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped red chili
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon grated ginger
  • Salt to taste
  • Handful of coriander leaves

 How To Prepare

  1. Boil a pot of water and add the chicken wings. Cook until the chicken is soft and tender.
  2. In the meantime, prepare the dressing by mixing sesame oil, rice wine vinegar, ginger, garlic, honey, soy sauce, chopped red chili, and salt in a bowl.
  3. Take out the poached chicken wings and place them in the bowl containing the dressing.
  4. Now, add the veggies and mix the ingredients well.
  5. Garnish with cilantro and sesame seeds.

11. Steak Chinese Salad

  • Prep Time: 15 min
  • Cooking Time: 15 min
  • Total Time: 30 min
  • Serves: 1

Ingredients

  • 5 oz steak
  • ½ cup chopped Chinese cabbage
  • ¼ cup sliced carrots
  • ¼ cup chopped bok choy
  • ½ cup bean sprouts
  • 1 teaspoon sunflower seeds
  • 1 tablespoon chopped cilantro
  • 2 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce
  • 2 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Chinese allspice

How To Prepare

  1. Mix the allspice, black pepper, and salt and rub it on the steak.
  2. Cook it on a heated pan, 2 minutes on each side.
  3. Use a sharp knife to cut the steak into small pieces.
  4. Prepare the dressing by adding soy sauce, brown sugar, sesame oil, rice wine vinegar, hot sauce, and salt in a bowl and mixing well.
  5. Toss in the veggies, sunflower seeds, and steak pieces into the bowl and mix well.

12. Flat Noodle Chinese Salad

  • Prep Time: 15 min
  • Cooking Time: 20 min
  • Total Time: 35 min
  • Serves: 1

Ingredients

  • 1 cup cooked flat noodles
  • ½ cup chopped iceberg lettuce
  • ¼ cup chopped bok choy
  • ¼ cup sliced red bell peppers
  • ⅙ cup sliced carrot
  • 2 tablespoons grapeseed oil
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon grated ginger
  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped red chili
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • Salt to taste

How To Prepare

  1. Prepare the dressing my mixing grapeseed oil, sesame oil, soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, garlic, ginger, chopped red chili, honey, and salt.
  2. Toss the flat noodles and veggies together in a bowl.
  3. Drizzle the dressing on top and mix well before eating.

13. Sesame-Miso Shrimp Chinese Salad

  • Prep Time: 20 min
  • Cooking Time: 15 min
  • Total Time: 35 min
  • Serves: 2

Ingredients

  • 24 medium sized shelled and deveined shrimps
  • ½ cup sliced carrot
  • ½ cup purple cabbage
  • ½ cup chopped bok choy
  • ½ cup chopped lettuce
  • ½ cup chopped scallions
  • ½ cup sliced red bell peppers
  • ¼ cup chopped red onion
  • ¼ cup orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon red miso (fermented soybean paste)
  • 4 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 2 tablespoon finely chopped ginger
  • ¼ tablespoon Kosher salt
  • ¼ tablespoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds

How To Prepare

  1. Mix Kosher salt, pepper, and 2 tablespoons sesame oil in a bowl and toss in the shrimps.
  2. Place the shrimps in a foil and bake them in a preheated oven for about 5-7 minutes.
  3. Prepare the miso dressing by adding red miso paste, toasted sesame seeds, orange juice, garlic, and ginger in a bowl, and mixing well.
  4. Toss the veggies and shrimps in a bowl.
  5. Add the dressing and mix everything.

14. Cottage Cheese Chinese Salad

  • Prep Time: 20 min
  • Cooking Time: 10 min
  • Total Time: 30 min
  • Serves: 2

Ingredients

  • 1 cup medium sized cubes of cottage cheese
  • 2 cups baby spinach
  • 1 cup bean sprouts
  • ½ cup thinly sliced carrot
  • ½ cup rocket spinach
  • 2 tablespoon sesame seeds
  • ½ teaspoon black sesame seeds
  • 1 teaspoon finely sliced green chili
  • 2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons sesame oil
  • Salt to taste

How To Prepare

  1. Heat 1 tablespoon sesame oil in a pan and saute the cottage cheese cubes.
  2. Next, prepare the dressing by adding honey, soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, 2 tablespoons sesame oil, and salt in a bowl and mixing well.
  3. Toss all the veggies into this bowl and then the sauteed cottage cheese cubes.
  4. Mix well.
  5. Garnish with black and white sesame seeds.

15. Sriracha Chinese Cucumber Salad

  • Prep Time: 15 min
  • Cooking Time: 5 min
  • Total Time: 20 min
  • Serves: 1

Ingredients

  • 1 cup thick slices of cucumber
  • ¼ teaspoon minced garlic
  • ⅙ teaspoon grated ginger
  • 2 tablespoon orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon Sriracha sauce
  • 1 teaspoon white wine vinegar
  • ¼ teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
  • 1 teaspoon honey

How To Prepare

  1. Mix garlic, ginger, orange juice, sriracha sauce, white wine vinegar, honey, and Kosher salt in a bowl.
  2. Toss in the cucumber slices. Mix well.
  3. Garnish with cilantro.

16. Tofu Sheet AndToona Sinensis Sprout Salad

  • Prep Time: 20 min
  • Cooking Time: 12 min
  • Total Time: 32 min
  • Serves: 1

Ingredients

  • ½ cup tofu sheets
  • ½ cup bean sprouts
  • ¼ cup Toona Sinensis sprouts
  • 1 cup chow-mein noodle
  • 2 tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 2 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon thinly sliced green chili
  • Salt to taste

How To Prepare

  1. Mix white wine vinegar, honey, sesame oil, green chili, and salt in a bowl.
  2. Toss the tofu sheets, chowmein noodles, Toona Sinensis sprouts, and bean sprouts into the bowl containing the dressing.
  3. Mix well before eating.

 17. Chickpea Chinese Salad

  • Prep Time: 30 min
  • Cooking Time: 15 min
  • Total Time:  45 min
  • Serves: 2

Ingredients

  • 1 cup boiled chickpeas
  • 1 cup chopped fennel
  • ½ cup thin slices of radish
  • 1 cup chopped iceberg lettuce
  • 2 teaspoon Chinese allspice
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon grated ginger
  • ¼ cup thinly sliced red onions
  • 2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce
  • Handful of mint leaves
  • Salt to taste

How To Prepare

  1. Add a teaspoon of sesame oil in a pan and saute the onions.
  2. Add 1 teaspoon garlic and cook for 30 seconds.
  3. Now, add Chinese allspice and the boiled chickpeas and cook for about 2 minutes.
  4. Prepare the dressing by adding hot sauce, brown sugar, sesame oil, rice wine vinegar, grated ginger, and salt to a bowl and mixing well.
  5. Add the chickpeas and veggies, mix, and it is ready!

18. Grilled Mushroom And Chicken Chinese Salad

  • Prep Time: 10 min
  • Cooking Time: 15 min
  • Total Time: 25-30 min
  • Serves: 2

Ingredients

  • ½ cup sliced button mushrooms
  • 3 oz chicken breast
  • ½ cup sliced red bell peppers
  • 1 cup chopped iceberg lettuce
  • ½ cup chopped scallions
  • ¼ cup chopped tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon grated ginger
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice

How To Prepare

  1. Mix lime juice, salt, and pepper in a bowl. Rub this on the chicken breast and mushrooms.
  2. Grill the chicken breast and mushroom until they are cooked.
  3. Mix rice wine vinegar, sesame oil, garlic, ginger, and honey in a bowl.
  4. Slice the chicken and toss into the bowl.
  5. Add mushroom, veggies, and dressing to the bowl.
  6. Mix well before eating.

19. Pickled Chinese Salad

  • Prep Time: 15 min
  • Cooking Time: 10 min
  • Total Time: 25 min
  • Serves: 1

Ingredients

  • 4 gyozas
  • ½ cup baby spinach
  • ½ cup sliced carrot
  • ¼ cup chopped tomato
  • 1 teaspoon pickled radish
  • 2 asparagus tips
  • 2 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • Salt to taste

How To Prepare

  1. Mix rice wine vinegar, sesame oil, hot sauce, honey, and salt in a bowl.
  2. Toss spinach, carrot, and tomato in another bowl.
  3. Place the gyozas on the side.
  4. Put the radish pickle on another side.
  5. Add the asparagus tips.
  6. Drizzle the dressing on top.

20. Mung Bean Clear Noodle Chinese Salad

  • Prep Time: 10 min
  • Cooking Time: 8 min
  • Total Time: 18-20 min
  • Serves: 2

Ingredients

  • 1 cup poached chicken breast
  • 2 cups cold mung bean clear noodle
  • 1 cup baby spinach
  • 1 cup kale
  • ½ cup chopped asparagus
  • 2 tablespoons black vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon chili crisp oil
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • Salt to taste

How To Prepare

  1. Cut the poached chicken breast into small cubes.
  2. Mix the black vinegar, chili crisp oil, honey, and salt in a bowl.
  3. Toss the veggies and the mung bean salad in a bowl.
  4. Drizzle the salad dressing on top and mix well before eating.

There you go – 20 yummy Chinese salad recipes for you to satiate your hunger without putting your health at risk. Even the process of preparing these will give you joy and help you spend some time with yourself or your loved ones. Try making them at home soon, your effort will be worth it.

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Charushila is an ISSA Certified Specialist in Fitness & Nutrition and a full-time contributor to Diet & Weight Loss at Stylecraze. She believes that food has healing powers and eating good food is the best way to lose weight. A binge eater-turned-fitness enthusiast, Charushila likes to share her knowledge and experience with the world. When she is not working, she loves to cook healthy food, watch movies, travel, workout, and read Bengali literature.