Bok Choy Salad with Sesame Soy Sauce

This bok choy salad is crispy and crunchy with a tangy Asian inspired sesame soy dressing. Try it paired with a juicy grilled steak or chicken.

Yesterday we woke up in our hotel overlooking the falls and couldn’t see 5 inches out the window it was so foggy.

We went to breakfast, realized all of our options for things to do were outside, checked the weather to see if it was going to clear up at all during the day and that’s when I saw that it was supposed to be 91 and sunny at home today.

It took us about 2 minutes to decide to pack up a day early and head home so we could enjoy the full day off in the sunshine.

I’m probably laying on a beach towel in my front yard right now attempting to get rid of my winter Casper appearance. It really doesn’t do me any favors.

This bok choy salad is crispy and crunchy with a tangy Asian inspired sesame soy dressing. Try it paired with a juicy grilled steak or chicken.

This whole 60 hour trip, 15 of which were spent in the car, made me realize a few things…

I know the lyrics to a disturbing amount (and quite varied bunch) of songs.

From Snoop to Easton Corbin to Billy Joel to O.A.R. to Christina Perri, I can pretty much recite every word. I can’t hit the notes for shit, but I can tell you what they’re saying.

Ulysses, however, likes to make up 90% of the lyrics. This seriously gets under my skin.

I’m quite positive hip hop peaked in 1998. Mo Money Mo Problems will forever be one of my favorite songs. “Stay humble, stay low, blow like Hootie.” You just don’t get lyrics like that anymore.

I have a weird thing where I must have the side of the bed furthest from the bathroom in hotels. It’s not like this at home, just at hotels.

I also cannot stand walking on hotel tile with bare feet and will make a “trail” with bath towels to step on. The carpet doesn’t bother me though.

McDonald’s does serve one good purpose on this earth and that is vanilla soft serve cones at the 5 hour mark in the car.

Canadian border patrol officers are incredibly odd. Increeeeedibly.

Baby bok choy salad with sesame soy sauce is a healthy, crunchy and refreshing light meal or side.

I missed veggies. A LOT.

I did seriously enjoy the double mousse with caramel brittle and chocolate & hazelnut pot de crème for dessert, like seriously seriously, but I don’t think I’ve ever been so happy to see leftover veggies in the fridge as I was when I saw this bok choy salad at 9pm last night.

Even after 3 days, it was still crunchy and delicious.

The sesame soy sauce had plenty of time to marinate every single shred of vegetable and I ate every single one of them up in about 2 minutes flat.

How Do You Make Bok Choy Salad?

This salad is as simple as any other, you literally just throw all the ingredients together in a bowl and toss with the sesame soy dressing.

Wait! Can You Eat Bok Choy Raw?

Yes, you can!

Baby bok choy is perfect for this. You can eat regular bok choy raw too I just prefer the tenderness of the baby bok choy.

What Exactly Is Bok Choy?

Bok choy looks like lettuce on the top and celery on the bottom. Although, it doesn’t really resemble either in taste.

It can be slightly bitter raw (that’s why this salad is tossed in a delicious sesame soy sauce!) but not so much as say mustard greens.

It’s a little more cruciferous (because of this, it stands up great to grilling too like in this grilled baby bok choy recipe) and almost a bit like cabbage but more delicate.

It can pair nicely with savory (like in this soba noodle carbonara) or sweet (like in this pineapple cashew bok choy) ingredients and is an all around pretty versatile vegetable.

Try this Bok Choy Salad with Sesame Soy Sauce for an Asian flavored side with your next meal.

What Are The Health Benefits of Bok Choy?

Well for starters, it’s a vegetable and I’ve never met one of those that aren’t good for you!

Bok choy is high in vitamins C, A and K and also a good source of iron, calcium, magnesium and potassium. Some consider it a green leaf superfood.

Whether you saute it, grill it or make a bok choy salad, it’s a vegetable worth adding to your routine!

Love this recipe for baby bok choy salad?

Try another fresh and easy salad recipe like Lemony Shaved Asparagus Tomato SaladRadicchio Endive Fennel Salad with Tangy Dijon Herb Dressing or, Pickled Fennel Citrus Salad.

Yield: 4 servings

Bok Choy Salad with Sesame Soy Sauce

Bok Choy Salad with Sesame Soy Sauce

This bok choy salad is crispy and crunchy with a tangy Asian inspired sesame soy dressing. Try it paired with a juicy grilled steak or chicken.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes


  • 4 baby bok choy, washed and thinly sliced
  • 1 carrot, thinly sliced or peeled
  • 2 stalks of celery, thinly sliced
  • 1 red pepper, thinly sliced
  • 21/2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon agave (or honey)
  • salt & pepper
  • sesame seeds


  1. Combine all vegetables in a large bowl.
  2. Whisk together dressing ingredients (olive oil through salt & pepper) and pour over vegetables.
  3. Toss well to fully dress the salad.
  4. Garnish with sesame seeds.


    1. Running to the Kitchen Post author

      We did go to Niagara on the lake! So many people said we had to so we made the trip in the afternoon after going to the NY state park to see the falls. We had lunch and ice cream there on the lake. Such a cute little town :) I can see how the falls would be boring as an adult if you grew up there. I’d never seen the falls even though I’ve lived in NY almost all my life so it was fun to finally do but I doubt I’d go back (unless kids miraculously appear one day) anytime soon.

  1. Julie @ Table for Two

    this looks delicious! totally bias of me but i can dig it ;) i hate long car rides, i can never do it. so when you said 15 hour ride..i about squirmed in my seat! at least you had fun and the pictures from IG were so pretty!

  2. Sally @ Spontaneous Hausfrau

    “I have become a 30 year old, vegetable obsessed homebody.” = Welcome to my world. But add a few years. It’s not so bad. Talking a lot about your pets helps keep people at a distance, too.

    Which leads me to – this salad looks so great and I’m beyond stoked to hear that it stays crunchy for a few days. Hi, leftovers.

  3. Justine @ Life With Cheeseburgers

    There are worse things than loving vegetables and staying at home! Although I’m probably a little biased since I’m the same way. :) My hubs and I just went to New Orleans for awhile and after all that fried food, it was amazing how wonderful some fresh fruit and veggies tasted.

  4. Nicole, RD

    I’m glad you enjoyed a little getaway! I missed veggies this weekend too…a lot!

    This recipe looks wonderful. I’m always looking for ways to enjoy baby bok choy – love it!

  5. Margarita

    It is always fun to go out of town every now and then… but the minute you make the turn to your street, there’s just no place like home. Also, as awesome as it is to eat everything that you don’t ever get to make at home, it is simply wonderful to eat something simple and homecooked. The best thing is, you know exactly what’s in it.

  6. Margarita

    P.S. Singing along to music in the car is the best… in my case, I’m the one who makes up lyrics, somehow I can never understand the words to songs (I also can’t carry a tune, so it makes my singing even more interesting).

  7. Cait's Plate

    Your pictures are STUNNING today! It makes me feel like I can taste that food just by looking at it!

    Glad you had a nice little getaway! I really want to do Canada in the winter one year…

    1. Running to the Kitchen Post author

      Thanks Cait :) Seeing pictures of Niagara Falls completely frozen in the winter, I’m going to say it gets kinda cold up there! ;)

  8. thetalkingkitchen

    no worries, veggies are cool and being a homebody is even cooler.

    this dish makes me wanna head dive into that bowl, thanks for the recipe!

  9. Baking Serendipity

    I’m a total homebody too. I’m ridiculously convinced that near the end of vacation the best part of it all is the chance to go home. Now if I could only become more of a vegetable loving lady too. This salad is a total step in the right direction!

  10. Mahra Lantic

    I can’t believe you survived a 60hour trip. Well, your destinations must be that great for you to travel that far. Take care! Thanks for the recipe anyway.

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  12. Tanja

    Wow I totally think im going to toss tomorrows lunch salad like this. THanks for this amazing recipe Im so glad I stumbled upon your blog!! xx

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  14. Liliana

    Very nice and delicious recipe. I add some cucumbers and taste amazing. Is my first time trying bok choy and … I could eat this salad every day.

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