Asian Salad and a Dressing Giveaway

Sometimes it’s fine to take it easy.  Like making a nice Asian salad that looks special, but comes together in a snap (shhhhh). 

Asian Salad Closeup

Asian Salad Closeup

The idea behind this dish (or at least the dressing) is from Wafu, a Canadian company that produces Japanese inspired salad dressings and mayonnaise.    In fact, Wafu means (literally) “Japanese-style dressing.”  They sent me a package of three Asian flavored salad dressings in Ginger Carrot, Wasabi Edamame, and Roasted Sesame flavors.  Part of their “natural” line, these dressings are vegan, gluten-free and GMO-free.  They are even produced using renewable energy! 


Now I won’t lie and say I wasn’t a little worried about reviewing a line of commercial salad dressings.  You see, I am not usually the biggest fan of bottled.  What do most commercial dressings taste like (IMHO)?  Water.  And if that’s not enough, many (non-organic) dressings are full of GMO oils (e.g. soy, canola, corn).  Problem is, there are many (many) days when I don’t feel like whipping up my own dressing, so I am always on the prowl for something good.

Dressing a salad

A dressing with flavor!

These dressings were delicious–in addition to their “natural” attributes that I mentioned earlier!  Loaded with flavor, I couldn’t decide which one I liked best.  The Ginger Carrot tasted exactly what I would expect a Japanese inspired dressing–gingery, slightly sweet with a hint of toasted sesame.  The Creamy Sesame was smooth with a rich roasted sesame flavor and the Wasabi Edamame had a great Wasabi kick to it, reminiscent of spicy sushi. 

Bunapi Mushrooms

Bunapi Mushrooms

We were having some friends over for brunch and along with some old standards (Sun-dried tomato & spinach quiche, spicy homemade breakfast sausage, ginger cookies with Spiced Pumpkin Cream Cheese), I knew I needed some new dishes that weren’t too time consuming.   So I tossed some (bagged) spring mix with the Wafu Ginger Carrot dressing, topped with easy add-ons like green onions and Asian mushrooms and it was a go.   

Asian Salad

Asian Salad

What else am I going to do with the dressings?  Well in addition to putting away my dressing shaker for the holidays, I will be making Asian Cole Slaw (after loving it at a favorite restaurant, do you know how many recipes I have tried without success?)  Then I may try some Japanese inspired shirred eggs (put cooked vegetables in a ramekin, top with dressing, crack an egg, then bake until done).   And if you would like to give this a try, consider the giveaway below.  ‘Cause everyone can use a little “easy” in their lives! 

Wafu Dressings

Wafu Dressings

And now for the giveaway.  It is for the set of dressings that I received and is open to US and Canadian residents.  Sponsored by Wafu, it closes on December  7 at midnight CST.  To enter, leave a comment telling me what your favorite salad is.  For a second entry, follow Art of Natural Living on twitter (@iwilkerson) and leave a second comment (or let me know if you are already a twitter follower).  The winner will be picked randomly, contacted by email and have 24 hours to get back to me with an address and any other needed information or a new winner will be chosen. Asian-Salad-sq

Asian Salad
Serves 4
Coming together in a snap, this Asian Salad, blends flavors of ginger and toasted sesame with enoki (or similar) mushrooms and other easy toppings.
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Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
10 min
Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
10 min
181 calories
11 g
5 g
15 g
5 g
2 g
124 g
185 g
2 g
0 g
11 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 181
Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 15g
Saturated Fat 2g
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 6g
Monounsaturated Fat 5g
Cholesterol 5mg
Sodium 185mg
Total Carbohydrates 11g
Dietary Fiber 4g
Sugars 2g
Protein 5g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  1. 4-5 oz of lettuce
  2. 1/4 c slivered almonds
  3. 2 tablespoons sesame seeds
  4. 1 egg roll wrapper (or wonton wrappers) cut into strips and fried
  5. 20 - 30 thin Asian mushrooms like enoki or bunapi
  6. 1 bunch green onion
  7. 1/4 cup (or to taste) Asian Salad Dressing like Wafu Ginger Carrot (see note)
  1. Toss dressing with lettuce until well-coated.
  2. Divide the lettuce onto four salad plates and top with the remaining ingredients.
  1. If you can't find Wafu dressings, you can improvise by starting with a simple vinaigrette and adding some soy sauce, ginger and toasted sesame oil.
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86 thoughts on “Asian Salad and a Dressing Giveaway

  1. Maryann D.

    My favorite salad would be a spinach salad or Kale salad with mushrooms, peppers, cheese and a olive oil and apple cider vinegar dressing.

  2. Sarah

    Spring mix with dried cranberries, pecans, goat cheese, matchstick red pepper, cucumber, halved cherry tomatoes served with Wafu Asian Ginger Carrot salad dressing. Yummy!

  3. Tamra Phelps

    I love Chinese Chicken Salad, with water chestnuts, bean sprouts, cabbage, etc., but sometimes I just want a good old-fashioned Chef’s Salad with iceberg lettuce, tomatoes, crumbled American cheese, ham, boiled eggs, etc.

  4. kelly mcgrew

    My favorite salad is a grilled chicken salad with cheese and onions and tomatoes and green olives and carrots!

    my favorite salad that they featured is the Wafu® Caesar Salad!

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  6. Sophia

    I love couscous salads! My favourite version contains feta cheese, dried cranberries, chickpeas, cilantro and almond slivers.

  7. lena

    all 3 dressings sounds wonderful especially the one with wasabi! after reading this, i remember i still hv a bottle of japanese sesame dressing, hopefully it’s not expired yet!

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