Chopped Salad with Ginger-Honey dressing is an easy to make salad that is colorful and delicious.
For the second day of this week's 'Homemade Takeout Recipes', I have a very simple and easy to make Chopped Salad with ginger-honey dressing. There is absolutely no cooking involved in making this salad and the dressing is just finger-licking good.I was researching on the internet on what to make for this week's theme and most of take home dishes that come up on Google are Chinese dishes. I have quite a few Chinese dishes on the blog, so wanted to make something else. But it took me a while to finalize what I wanted to make.
I remembered this amazing lunch I had with a dear friend in NY Botanical garden and I thought why not try one of the recipes at home. We were there in Spring and their menu had this chopped salad with tropical fruit.
Trick to make delicious Salad:
The trick to make chopped salad is to actually chop all the ingredients/ veggies real fine. It is very different eating salad with a spoon instead of a fork. Use a shark knife to chop the veggies almost the same size.
Veggies to use:
I used veggies that I had on hand. You can make this salad with just about any vegetable you like or have in the refrigerator. Just make sure to dice them real fine and they are all of approximately the same size.
Lettuce, kale (or any hearty greens), pepper, radish, onion, carrot, corn are perfect options. Diced cucumber, zucchini also are good.
Fruits in Salad:
I like adding fresh or dried fruit to my salads to add a nice (and surprising) sweet element to the dish. The salad I had in NYC had finely chopped mango in it. But you can add chopped pear, apple or pineapple or even berries.
The best part of this recipe is the ginger-honey dressing. It's slightly spicy, sweet and tangy. Just a handful of simple ingredients are needed to make this homemade dressing:
- Grated Ginger
- Honey (or use agave-nectar for a vegan recipe)
- Vinegar - any kind you have on hand (rice wine, apple cider or red wine)
- Olive Oil
- Salt & Pepper
The quantities in the recipe is what worked for me, make sure to taste the dressing before adding to the salad and adjust all the elements to your liking.
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Chopped Salad with Ginger-Honey Dressing
For the Salad:
- 2~3 cups Lettuce, finely chopped
- 2 cups Kale, finely chopped
- 1 Small Onion, finely chopped
- 1 Small Green Pepper, finely chopped
- 4~6 Small red Radishes, finely chopped
- 1 Small Carrot, peeled and finely chopped
- ½ cup Corn kernels
- 1 Pear or Apple (or tropical fruits like mango/ pineapple)
For the Dressing:
- 2 tbsp Grated Ginger
- 3 tbsp Honey or Agave Nectar (for vegans)
- 1 tbsp Rice wine vinegar or Apple cider vinegar or Red wine vinegar
- ¼ cup olive oil
- To taste Salt Pepper
- Combine all the chopped veggies in a mixing bowl. Mix well.
- In a small mixing bowl, combine grated ginger, honey, vinegar of choice (rice wine, apple cider or red wine), salt and pepper. Whisk until combined. Slowly drizzle in olive oil while whisking continuously. Taste and adjust the seasonings.
- Stir in few tablespoons of dressing into the salad. Mix well. Serve right away or chill until ready to serve.
3 cups of honey for the dressing? Ist that correct?
Hi Caludia, Thank you for pointing that out. It should be 3tbsp. I fixed it now.
This is quite a vibrant looking salad.
Honey ginger dressing looks super delicious to go on with that chopped veggie salad.
Awesome and healthy salad. ever since I am on a plant-based diet, I am in search of salads which are raw and dressings are low on calories. I will try this recipe for sure.
That honey ginger dressing is seriously very interesting Pavani, i would like to have my salad with this dressing. Lovely salad with delicious dressing.
Salad bowl looks colourful..and the dressing looks intresting.
Never included ginger in dressing. Dunno why.... I bet its delicious. Love that colorful salad with the simple dressing.
What a colorful salad this is and this would make a great side for the holiday dinner.
The dressing sounds delicious...and the salad looks so colorful.
Must try the ginger in dressing , sounds very unique and the salad looks very colourful and refreshing .
That is a very interesting and colorful salad. I agree that the dressing is awesome.
Wow sounds yummy pavani
The ginger used must be giving this salad a very lovely flavour. Looks very appetising
The honey ginger dressing is something that I love and I need to make this colorful salad!
This salad looks so good. I loved your ginger honey salad dressing too. I am going to try this soon Pavani!
This is just marvelous and so colorful. I love when I have lot of colors in my salad. The honey ginger dressing is so delicious and that flavor would work so well with this simple salad.
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Oh my goodness this is one beautiful salad! I love the honey ginger dressing- it sounds too good to pass up!