Asian Spinach Salad

Better than a Japanese steak house, our Asian Spinach Salad is such a healthy, colorful, delicious meal that you didn’t know you were missing! Crunchy cabbage, salty sunflower seeds and a wonderfully tangy ginger dressing combine to make one heck of a salad!

Our Asian Spinach Salad in a white bowl on a cutting board next to a bottle of Makoto Ginger Dressing.

I can’t remember how longs it’s been since I’ve gone to a Japanese Steakhouse. I remember it always being such a special treat growing up. Even at a young age, I loved the salad they brought out with the soup before the cooking began. We like to eat a lot of salad so coming up with new fresh ideas is something I try to do often. A commercial came up for our local Japanese restaurant and that’s when the inspiration hit! I love the addition of the sunflower seeds because it gives the salad good texture and the saltiness is an awesome extra flavor.

What is the best ginger dressing?

We believe that the best ginger dressing is the one pictured above, which is the Makoto brand. It is found in the cold salad dressing section of your local grocery store. It NEVER disappoints and gives the great same taste of the appetizer salad served at a hibachi Japanese section.

Why should I use a red onion versus the other types?

The red onion is the prettiest of all the onions. Their deep purple skin lends to their visual appeal and they also have a really mild flavor. We find these are best in raw salads, diced up in salsa’s and topping sandwiches. Since they are already fairly mild when raw, you lose even more of their flavor when they are cooked. These are a great addition when you want onion flavor that is merely a compliment and not one that takes over.

The ingredients for our Asian Spinach Salad.

Ingredients for our Asian Spinach Salad:

How to make our Asian Spinach Salad:

Wash and cut cherry tomatoes in half or quarters. Add 2 cups of arugula to the salad bowl.

A wooden bowl with arugula in the bottom next to chopped red onions and chopped cherry tomatoes.

Roughly cut the purple onion into bite-sized slices. You will only need about 1/2 of the onion. Add 2 cups of spinach leaves and 1 1/2 cup of the cabbage mix to the arugula.

A wooden salad bowl with spinach, chopped cabbage and arugula in it next to chopped red onions and cherry tomatoes.

Place 1/2 cup diced tomatoes, 1/3 cup of red onion, and 1/3 cup sunflower seeds in a large bowl. Mix thoroughly.

Al the ingredients for our Asian Spinach Salad in a wooden bowl about to be stirred.

Right before serving, add 4.5 ounce of the ginger dressing and stir to completely combine. (Thats about half of the bottle.) You can always add more if you feel the need but always start slowly. It’s much easier to add more than try to take some away!

A bowl of our Asian Spinach Salad with someone about to pour the ginger dressing on top.

Serve right away! (Do not pour dressing early as this will weigh down the delicate leaves of the arugula and spinach if left sitting too long.)

Someone lifting a spoon full of our Asian Spinach Salad up to serve in a small bowl.

Don’t you think this salad is just so pretty?? Best of all, it tastes even better than it looks. We eat it up on random week nights and its a great easy salad to throw together when you have company. I almost always have these ingredients on hand so throwing them together for a great presentation takes me less than 5 minutes. We usually pair these with our Spicy Pork Chops or Delicious Turkey Burgers! We hope you and your family enjoy it too!

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Our Asian Spinach Salad in a white bowl on top of a cutting board.
Yield: 6 Servings

Asian Spinach Salad

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes


  • 2 Cups Spinach Leaves
  • 2 Cups Arugula
  • 1/2 C Diced Cherry Tomatoes
  • 1/3 Cup Sunflower Seeds
  • 1 1/2 Cup Shredded Cabbage
  • 4.5oz Makoto Ginger Dressing
  • 1/2 of a Purple Onion (approximatly 1/3 Cup)


  1. Wash and cut cherry tomatoes and purple onion.
  2. Place the arugula, spinach, tomatoes, onion, and sunflower seeds in a large bowl.
  3. Mix.
  4. Right before serving, add 4.5 ounce of the ginger dressing and stir to completely combine.
  5. Enjoy!

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 140Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 795mgCarbohydrates: 10gFiber: 3gSugar: 5gProtein: 5g

(Nutritional information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

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