Edamame, Asparagus, Broccoli, Cabbage Salad with Sesame Dressing

Colorful vegetable salad in large white bowl

Colorful vegetable salad in large white bowl

This salad has a lot going for it but texture is probably at the top of the list, with flavor coming in as a close second. Personality and aesthetic might tie for third? She’s bright, fresh, and fun and very popular in this house.

The spring-y weather greatly influenced the ingredients here but big credit goes to this Cashew Crunch Salad from Pinch Of Yum, which I’ve made so many times, adjusting to my personal cravings along the way, until it finally shape-shifted into this Edamame, Asparagus, Broccoli, Cabbage Salad. I appreciate the extra boost of sweet, crunchy veg this one brings, plus the smoky/salty hit from smoked almonds.

Make it a meal

This salad was a major building block of a meal kit I delivered to the staff at a friend’s inn this week (this is a regular gig for me that satisfies my excessive desire to feed people and is SO fun). In case you’d like ideas on how to bulk this salad up, here’s what I made to go along with it (listed in order of top left to right from photo above):


Edamame, Asparagus, Broccoli, Cabbage Salad with Sesame Dressing

Colorful vegetable salad in large white bowl

A fresh, crunchy salad, packed with veggies and tossed with a creamy sesame dressing!

  • Author: Megan
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x




  • 1/4 C olive oil
  • 3 TBS rice vinegar
  • 2 TBS sesame oil
  • 1/4 C mayo
  • 2 TBS sugar
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder


  • 6 oz frozen edamame
  • 1/2 a head of red cabbage, thinly sliced on a mandolin (or in a food processor or by hand)
  • 1 bunch of asparagus, cut into 1/4” pieces
  • 1 crown of broccoli, chopped into small, bite-sized pieces
  • 1 bunch of green onions, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 C smoked almonds, roughly chopped (I use a small food processor for this)
  • 1/4 C cilantro leaves, left whole or chopped if you prefer


  1. Combine all dressing ingredients in a jar and shake to combine (or whisk together in a bowl)
  2. Drop frozen edamame into a pot of salted, boiling water and set a bowl of ice water aside. Cook the edamame for about 3-4 minutes to soften (the color should be bright green, you want to pull them out of the water before they start to turn a muted green). Drain edamame and transfer to the bowl of ice water to stop the cooking and help lock in the bright green color. Let sit in the ice water for about 10 minutes, then drain.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the edamame and remaining salad ingredients (save some of the green onions, smoked almonds, and cilantro for topping if you like), pour on the dressing, and toss to combine.


This salad keeps well for 4-5 days in the fridge.

See blog post for ideas on proteins/sides/meal prep!

This salad is inspired by the Pinch of Yum Cashew Crunch Salad.

Keywords: vegetarian, salad

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