Creamy Asian Salad with Raisins 11

A little crunchy, a little creamy, a tad salty and a little sweet. This Creamy Asian Salad with Raisins has the perfect yin and yang of flavors and textures.

Here I am once again with an Asian salad. I know I make a lot of these but this was one of those recipes where I needed to use up a lot of veggies before I get my next fabulous CSA installment.  

While I was making this I really wanted to branch out from the Asian theme but I find it really works well with the bok choy and cabbage so I came up with a creamy dressing this time that happily came out really well.
If you like a lot of dressing simply double the dressing ingredients.  I actually planned on making a second batch because it didn’t look like much when I poured the dressing over but once I started mixing it in all the veggies were nicely coated so I decided to forgo the extra calories.
Feel free to use any veggies you have on hand for this.  It is super easy and fast!  I love the reduced fat Veganiase purely because of the taste.

In addition to this recipe I wanted to provide my update notes on Mindful Eating in my series of posts on my struggle to gain awareness with my body and not eat when I’m not hungry.

Where the Quest for Natural Appetite Suppressants Led Me and a Massaged Kale Salad with Peanut Dressing.

The first post was:

The next was Grab a Cup o’ Miso and Join the Chat about Mindful Eating AKA Not Eating When I’m Not Hungry

And the third; Kale and Kohlrabi Salad with Miso-Tahini Dressing and Step Number Two in Mindful Eating 

Let me start with saying my goal is to be able to maintain and even lose a bit without having to count points.  Truth be told, I love Weight Watchers and I love how their new program is pushing people to eat more whole and natural foods, but I’m sick of counting points.  I just want to live and not obsess.  I have joined and quit I’m not sure how many times over the years because I tend to not listen to my body and then I start eating more which then causes me to go back to WW.  It’s such a vicious cycle.  I’m hoping the mindful eating and the upcoming detox will help me break it. 

I am really struggling with the snacking at night.  During the day I seem to have all the willpower I need but once I get home at night I’m tired and food gives me comfort until I eat where I pass that point of comfort and continue eating until I’m FULL.  I try to analyze why I keep blocking that little voice that tells me I’m not hungry but haven’t been able to figure that out yet.

Your Turn

Tell me, do you struggle with eating when you aren’t hungry at specific times of day?  If so, what do you do to manage this?

Creamy Asian Salad with Raisins

Estim.8 generous 1-cup servings
**3 WW Pts Plus
Printable Recipe


1/4 reduced fat Veganaise (or reduce fat mayo)
1 Tbsp soy sauce
1 Tbsp sesame oil
1 Tbsp agave (or honey for non vegan)
1 tsp Sriracha (an Asian hot sauce)
1 large bunch bok choy, sliced
1/2 head cabbage, sliced
3 small heads of broccoli, chopped (even stem)
1 bunch green onions, chopped
1/3 cup raisins
2 Tbsp sesame seeds


1. Add the bok choy, cabbage, broccoli and green onions to a large bowl.  Whisk the dressing ingredients together; pour over veggies. Top with raisins and sesame seeds and mix will.
Estimated Nutrition Facts
About 8 generous 1-cup Servings
Amount Per Serving
***3WW Pts Plus
Calories 113.3
Total Fat 5.7 g
Saturated Fat 0.5 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1.9 g
Monounsaturated Fat 2.9 g
Cholesterol 0.0 mg
Sodium 213.5 mg
Potassium 427.0 mg
Total Carbohydrate 15.5 g
Dietary Fiber 3.3 g
Sugars 6.1 g
Protein 3.7 g

Vitamin A 38.0 %
Vitamin C 112.2 %
Folate 43.0 %
Magnesium 17.0 %
Manganese 38.8 %
Thiamin 17.9 %

Update! Now in 2015 I’m so happy to say I’ve found my way to lose the hunger and obsessiveness. And it’s worked for years. 

A totally simple plan. I wish I could go back in time and share this with my past self in 2011 and tell myself it would be ok. That I’d finally get it. 

I’m so passionate about this that I created a 3 Day Clean Food Plan. 100% free. Click here to learn more and start your journey to freedom. 

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11 thoughts on “Creamy Asian Salad with Raisins

  • Aimee

    I definitely struggle with snacking when I know I'm not really hungry. I actually did a post about this recently. I haven't found a definitive way to stop yet, but I am working on it. One thing I do is keep a big bowl of grapes out in the afternoon which is when I tend to graze the most. I probably still overeat the grapes, but it's better than eating other snacks that I might have grabbed before. I also try to stay away from the kitchen at times when I am most likely to grab for snacks like the afternoon or evening after dinner.

    Someday I hope to eat more sensibly and intuitively. For now I am a work in progress!

    Your food always looks incredible by the way.

  • Dawn

    That is a great tip to keep something sensible on hand for when you are craving food. Sometimes I try and chew some mint gum while I'm cooking dinner and that seems to work. Not sure why I don't ALWAYS do this.

  • janet

    Hey Dawn, For me, sometimes I fall into the trap of eating too much in the evening through snacks. I find it worse when I am hungry, so I grab something to eat, and then I just keep eating too much! Rationing out the food, or eating caloric-less-dense foods are probably best. The other tip I have heard from other people is that it is best to front-load your day with food…. eat more during the day, when your body actually needs it, and then wean it down in the afternoon. Hopefully you won't be as ravenous in the evening. For me, if I am hungry, I eat. I just need to stop before I am stuffed. 😉

  • Amanda @

    Dawn this looks delicious! What a great way to use up bok choy….which I have been getting tons of in my CSA. Thanks for the snappy salad idea!

    I usually struggle with eating when I am bored…that usually happens at about 3 in the afternoon as I work alone from home now. I try to go for hot tea and water, but if I really want something, I will measure 1/4 cup of nuts and eat them slowly, or a date, or a really low calorie food like an apple, orange or celery. This give the impression of eating but you aren't taking in lots of damaging calories.

  • MegSmith @ Cooking.In.College

    Absolutely love the mix of veggies you used in this salad!

    I have a difficult time with snacking as well…I am a huge “eat when I am bored” person. I try to reach for baby carrots, celery, snap peas, etc…I get the crunch and flavor without too many calories.

  • Dawn Dishes It Out

    I love asian inspired salads! Looks delicious. Sounds like you are on the right track to figuring your eating habits out.

  • Tasha

    I sure don't mind another asian inspired salad- especially when it's delicious as this one sounds. (BTW, you have me wanting to give veganaise I try. I just always assumed it would be funny tasting.)