Fresh Crunchy Salad with Peanut Dressing

BY : PUBLISHED : September 21st, 2020 UPDATED: October 17th, 2022

If you’re looking to add a few more salads to your weekly meal repertoire, then we are here to help you! There are so many delicious salads out there, and we are determined to prove to you that they don’t have to be boring or dull (enter iceberg lettuce and pale sliced tomato combo). This crunchy salad with peanut dressing is so full of flavor, texture, and colors, you’ll be counting down the minutes until you can devour it.

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Bring on the Crunch

One of the best elements of this crunchy salad with peanut dressing is its crunch. Having texture in a salad is so important! We are happy to report that thanks to the fresh cabbage and the peanuts, this salad has a lot of it. The peanuts are optional but we recommend adding them (or another crunchy ingredient like sesame seeds or chopped almonds if you are allergic to peanuts) to experience this salad fully.

 A large bowl of fresh crunchy chopped salad in a large white bowl.

The Dressing is Key

Since we already settled that crunch is crucial when it comes to a good salad, it makes sense to move on to the next (and equally important) key element to make a salad unforgettable, the dressing. There’s nothing wrong with the classic vinaigrette but if you want to keep yourself interested in salads altogether, you need to have different dressing options.

This super -creamy peanut dressing should definitely be in your rotation because it is so easy to make and so delicious! The combination of peanut butter and soy sauce is fail proof and makes anything a hundred times more tasty. So feel free to use this peanut dressing on any preparation, like buddha bowls, a kale salad, or over some baked tofu.

Add Some Protein

This crunchy salad with peanut dressing is filling and a perfect lunch on its own but if you’re looking to add more protein to the mix, you are more than welcome to throw in some tofu cubes or some roasted chickpeas. The peanuts and peanut butter add a great amount of protein already but there’s always room for more!

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Photos by Alfonso Revilla

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Fresh Crunchy Salad with Peanut Dressing

Toni Okamoto
Get ready to fall in love with this Fresh Crunchy Salad and Peanut Dressing! Packesd with plant-based protein and delicious!
5 from 5 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Lunch
Cuisine American
Servings 3 servings
Calories 179 kcal
DIET Vegan


  • ¼ cup of creamy peanut butter
  • ¼ cup of water
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon of minced ginger
  • 2 teaspoons of soy sauce
  • 2 ½ teaspoons of apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon of agave or brown sugar or maple syrup
  • 2 cups of shredded romaine lettuce
  • 2 cups of shredded purple cabbage
  • 2 carrots, grated
  • ½ cup of chopped cilantro
  • Chopped peanuts, optional for garnish
  • Plant-based protein of your choice (we used edamame in the photo), optional


  • In a standard bowl, whisk together the peanut butter, water, garlic, ginger, soy sauce, vinegar, and sweetener, until thoroughly combined.
  • In a large bowl, add the romaine, cabbage, carrots, and cilantro.
  • Pour in the dressing and toss together. Sprinkle on the peanuts and plant-based protein, if using.


Allergic to peanuts? Try swapping in any nut with its coordinating nut butter.


Calories: 179kcalCarbohydrates: 16gProtein: 8gFat: 11gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gSodium: 372mgPotassium: 529mgFiber: 4gSugar: 8gVitamin A: 10365IUVitamin C: 39mgCalcium: 68mgIron: 2mg
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Disclaimer: Although attempts to provide accurate nutritional information, kindly note that these are only estimates. Nutritional information may be affected based on the product type, the brand that was purchased, and in other unforeseeable ways. will not be held liable for any loss or damage resulting for your reliance on nutritional information. If you need to follow a specific caloric regimen, please consult your doctor first.

About Toni Okamoto

"They say you are what you eat, so I strive to be healthy.
My goal in life is not to be rich or wealthy,
'Cause true wealth comes from good health and wise ways...
we got to start taking better care of ourselves " - Dead Prez

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  1. Kate says

    Since no one in my family will eat this yum-ness but me, I will have to store it…does it store well?

    • Andrea White says

      If you keep the dressing and the salad ingredients separate, it should keep for a couple of days! 🙂

  2. Frank says

    Can you use another nut butter other than peanut butter?

    • Andrea White says

      We at Plant-Based on a Budget haven't tried that out yet so can't guarantee the results. But if you do end up trying out a different nut butter, please let us know how it goes in the comments!

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