Thursday, 4 April 2013

Japanese Sprouted Salad

       I've always enjoyed that mysterious orange dressing that you get at Japanese restaurants. I looked around trying to find some similar recipes, and out of the few I rounded up, I created this yummy salad. Quite a bit more complex than the average sushi restaurant green salad.  This salad uses some of my favourite vegetables and incorporates some lovely sprouts! I've listed below what vegetables I've used to make this particular bowl, but feel free to use whichever vegetables you want. As for the main green, a crunchy lettuce, such as iceberg, as bland as it may be, goes perfectly with this zesty sauce.



Dressing

Makes about 1 1/2 cups of dressing, slightly more than you will need for one head of iceberg


Ingredients


  • 1 5-6" piece of ginger root, peeled 
  • 1/2 cup rice wine vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp white onion
  • 1 small clove of garlic or 1/8 tsp garlic powder
  • 1-3 Tbsp water
  • 1/2 cup olive or vegetable oil
  • 1/2 Tbsp sesame oil
  • 2 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 Tbsp tomato paste 
  • 1 Tbsp honey



Preparation


  1. Roughly chop the ginger root.
  2. Add all ingredients into a blender or food processor, start with only 1 Tbsp of water, and add more to thin out the dressing if desired. 
  3. Blend until smooth.
  4. If you add too much water and want to make it a bit thicker, add some more ginger and tomato paste.
  5. Taste, add a bit of salt or more soy sauce if needed.
  6. Transfer dressing to a mason jar, and refrigerate for at least 10 minutes before serving.




Salad


Ingredients


  • 1 head of iceberg lettuce, cut or ripped to size
  • Handful of washed fresh cilantro leaves
  • 1 cup fresh sprouts
  • 5 spears of asparagus, shaved or cut thinly
  • 1/4 cucumber, julienned
  • 1/2 red pepper, sliced thinly 
  • 1 medium carrot, shaved or julienned
  • 2-3 green onions, greens chopped

  • 1 avocado, sliced or cubed
  • toasted sesame seeds



Preparation


The first two ingredients in this salad are the most important. The crunch of the iceberg and the fresh citrus notes of the cilantro are a must. As for the rest of the ingredients, feel free to take some creative liberty when dressing your salad. 
Combine first set of ingredients in a bowl and mix. 
Add the avocado before dressing/serving and sprinkle the sesame seeds on top.

This salad is perfect along side a stir fry, some home-made sushi or spring rolls. Yum!