Salads can be tired and drab, but they don’t have to be. Give your tastebuds something to look forward to with these vegetable-, protein-, and noodle-packed creations.
1. Thai-Flavored Red Rice Salad With a Pepper, Lemongrass, and Lime Dressing
If you’re looking for a quick meal you can throw together in a few minutes, this is not the recipe for you (it takes one hour and 20 minutes in total). But after you dress the whole thing with a black pepper, lemongrass, and lime dressing, you’ll understand why it’s worth the time investment. (Feel free to opt for store-bought Thai curry paste to speed up the process.)
2. Easy Asian Quinoa Slaw
Nothing fancy in this slaw! The ingredients are simple and straightforward: red cabbage, shredded carrots, green onions, almonds, and cooked quinoa. Dress the whole thing with a simple Asian vinaigrette and you’ll have a fresh and healthy meal ready in 10 minutes.
3. Asian Sesame Cucumber Salad
Add some pizzazz to cucumbers in this sweet and tangy salad. Plus, you can find almost everything for this dish in your pantry (besides the cucumbers, of course). Don’t worry if you don’t have a spiralizer—you can just thinly slice the veggie lengthwise or into rounds.
4. Rainbow Soba Noodle Salad
A cold noodle salad full of veggies makes for the perfect spring or summer meal. Simply chop up your veggies, whip up the dressing, and cook the soba noodles.
5. Vietnamese Garlic Shrimp
Shrimp lovers, this is the salad for you. Enjoy a spicy, protein- and veggie-filled meal in just 20 minutes. Feel free to mix up the type of noodles you use to make it your own.
6. Thai Beef Salad
This beef salad is fresh, bright, and tangy, thanks to a medley of flavors, including citrus, jalapeño, and fresh herbs. Bonus: It only takes 30 minutes to prepare!
7. Vietnamese Chicken Salad With Rice Noodles
This bowl of goodness brings together everything we love: a ton of flavor, protein, veggies, and noodles. You’ll love how the dressing combines with the herbs and peppers, and you’ll definitely be tempted to make this more than once.