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When you think of a salad what comes to your mind? Lettuce, spinach, tomato? Well, with today's recipe we are going to change that concept. We have for you a Japanese Spinach Salad recipe that's super simple to make but incredibly flavourful.
We love this recipe for many reasons but on top of the list is definitely its simplicity. Japan's minimalist way of living inspired us to make this Japanese Spinach Salad. They embrace simplicity in different areas of their culture, and their cuisine is definitely one of them.
We often see vegetables served alongside a portion of rice. That's how simple Japanese food can be. The word 'boring' might be making its way to your head! Don't be deceived! This Japanese Spinach Salad is packed the complete opposite.
The rather minimalistic approach of Japanese cuisine is possible because it focuses on enhancing the flavours of the few ingredients it uses. They use fewer herbs and spices than what we are used to. But it's all about technique, how you cook your food and the ingredients you use.
This Japanese spinach salad has different elements to it. First of all we have an absolute staple of Japanese cuisine, a fluffy side of brow rice. You can boil it but if you have a steamer you can use, please do. Steaming your rice will give it that extra fluff that makes it a true Japanese side dish.
We also have shiitake mushrooms and blanched spinach. The idea of blanching veggies might seem a bit complicated, but it really isn't. You need to boil water, throw your veggies in for a minute and then switch them to ice cold water to stop the cooking process. It is easier if you have a freezer where you can keep the water until you need to use it.
Blanching veggies is a great cooking technique when you are trying to make minimalistic meals. It is quick and easy. And you will be able to preserve the colour, flavour, texture and nutritional value of your food. We are taking advantage of all these benefits to make this Japanese spinach salad a super practical recipe.
The last element of this salads is the dressing. Since we wanted to keep things simple and easy we are making this dressing with 4 ingredients which you just have to mix in together. I love this sauce. The tahini will add a bit of a sesame flavour to our salad and it really enhances the overall taste.
This lovely Japanese spinach salad takes about 30 minutes to make from start to finish. And we get a lot of nutrients and 26g of protein out of a single portion! Pretty good for a salad that is this good and easy to make.
I personally like to make this Japanese spinach salad on not so sunny days. This is one of the only ways I can make myself eat a super healthy salad when I don't really crave cold food but I know I still need the extra punch of nutrients.
For the spinach
For the mushroom
For the dressing
For the garnish
For the rice
|Amount Per Serving|
|Calories 552||From Fat 155|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 17g||26.5%|
|Saturated Fat 2g||11.9%|
|Trans Fat 0g|
|Total Carbohydrate 83g||27.7%|
|Dietry Fiber 15g||59%|
|Vitamin A 21290.67IU||425.8%|
|Vitamin B-12 0µg||0%|
|Vitamin B-6 1.11mg||55.6%|
|Vitamin C 63.73mg||106.2%|
|Vitamin D 11.7IU||2.9%|
|Vitamin D2 0.26µg|
|Vitamin D3 0µg|
|Vitamin E 5.32mg||17.7%|
|Vitamin K1 1097.02µg||1371.3%|
|Pantothenic acid 2.14mg||21.4%|
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Calories per gram:
Fat 9 • Carbohydrate 4 • Protein 4
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