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Raw bok choy salad.

Bok Choy Salad with Sesame-Almond Crunch

  • Author: Alexandra Stafford
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 2 to 4 servings as a side dish
  • Diet: Vegan


Adapted from Charlene from Table of Gratitude

Bok Choy: Bok choy tends to be really dirty, so it’s best to soak the leaves in water before using: Cut off the very ends, separate the leaves, chopped them into ½-inch pieces, and let them soak in a bowl of cold water till the dirt settles. Scoop the leaves out and transfer to a colander to drain. Pat dry with towels — no need to make sure the leaves are completely dry.

Sugar:  The original recipe calls for 3 tablespoons of sugar in the dressing but I find 1 tablespoon of sugar to be enough. I suggest making it once with the 1 tablespoon of sugar; then adding more (or cutting back) the next time around based on your experience. 


  • pounds bok choy, thinly sliced and soaked in cold water to allow dirt to settle, then drained—it’s OK if a little water is clinging to the greens 

for the sesame-almond crunch:

  • 1 cup slivered almonds
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • ⅓ cup sesame seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon flaky sea salt, such as Maldon, or 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

for the dressing:

  • 1 to 3 tablespoons sugar, see notes above
  • ¼ cup grapeseed oil or olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 6 green onions, thinly sliced


  1. If you haven’t prepared the bok choy, slice it crosswise into ½-inch pieces. Place it in a large bowl, and cover with cold water. Set aside while you prepare the rest of the salad.
  2. Place the almonds and sesame seeds in a large, dry skillet set over medium heat, and cook, stirring occasionally (watching like a hawk) until golden brown. Transfer to a small plate or sheet pan to cool.
  3. Sprinkle the 1/4 cup sugar in an even layer over the same pan and set over medium heat. Line a plate with parchment paper. The moment the sugar is completely liquefied and beginning to turn brown, add the almonds, sesame seeds, and sea salt. Stir with a heat-proof spatula or wooden spoon until the nut-seed mixture is evenly distributed. Do this quickly, so that the mixture does not burn. Immediately transfer the nut-seed mixture to the plate to cool. 
  4. In a small saucepan, bring the dressing ingredients to a boil, using 1 tablespoon of the sugar.  Whisk until sugar is dissolved. Once the mixture comes to a simmer, turn off the heat. Add the sliced green onions, give the pan a swirl, and set aside. Dressing can be used while warm or cool.
  5. Scoop the bok choy from the bowl of water and transfer it to a colander. Dry in a salad spinner or by simply using a large towel — it doesn’t have to be completely dry. Transfer bok choy to a salad bowl. Pour the dressing over top and toss. Taste. Add a pinch of sea salt if necessary. Just before serving, add the nut mixture and toss well. 
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Category: Salad
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Asian, American

Keywords: bok choy, salad, raw, sesame, almond, crunch