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Pickled Ginger Salad with Wasabi Dressing in large wood bowl

Pickled Ginger Salad with Wasabi Dressing

Pickled Ginger Salad with Wasabi Dressing is packed with citrus, and is an explosion of spicy, sweet and fresh flavors. It's mind-blowingly delicious!

Please note that prep time does not include making the Spicy Crispy Fried Rice, which takes about 20 minutes.

Course Main Course, Salad
Cuisine Asian, American
Keyword salad for a buffet, salad for party, salads with Asian flavors
Prep Time 25 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 243 kcal
Author Valentina K. Wein


For the dressing (see notes)

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons wasabi paste
  • 3 1/2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon freshly lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons granulated sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
  • 6 tablespoons grapeseed oil

For the salad

  • 2 medium-large Blood oranges, peeled, sliced into rounds (about 1/4-inch thick)
  • 2 medium-large oranges, peeled, sliced into rounds (about 1/4-inch thick)
  • 1 small Ruby grapefruit peeled, sliced into rounds (about 1/4-inch thick)
  • 1 large head Butter lettuce, washed and dried, roughly chopped into bite-sized pieces
  • 4 scallions, thinly sliced (white and green portions)
  • 1/4 cup packed mint leaves washed and dried, stems removed (roughly chopped if they're big)
  • 1/4 cup packed pickled ginger, drained, roughly chopped
  • 1 large avocado, peeled, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 cup Crispy Spicy Fried Rice (click here for the recipe)


For the dressing

  1. Add the wasabi, vinegar, lemon juice, sugar, salt and pepper to a small bowl and whisk it together. Gradually add the oil while whisking, and blend until smooth and creamy. Set aside.

For the salad

  1. Cut the citrus rounds into fourths and add them to a large mixing bowl with the lettuce, scallions, mint, ginger, and avocado.
  2. Drizzle with the desired amount of wasabi dressing and then toss.
  3. Sprinkle with the Crispy Spicy Fried Rice. (The recipe is here.)
  4. Serve!

Recipe Notes

The amounts of dressing people like to use on salads differ, so this recipes should make more than you need.

I used Cara Cara oranges -- the are my first choice for this recipe, but if you can't find them, Naval oranges are great, too.