This Japanese sesame spinach salad is nutty, flavourful and a delicious way to enjoy spinach! Ready in 5 minutes, this healthy Japanese side dish is great for meal prep, too.
- 1 bunch of spinach (225-250g)
- Pinch of salt
- 3 tbsp toasted sesame seeds
- 2 tsp sugar
- 4–5 tsp soy sauce
- 1 tsp sake or mirin
- Bring a pot of water to a boil and place spinach in stem side first. Cook the spinach for 30 seconds and then immediently strain and rinse with cold water.
- Squeeze out excess moisture and water. Gather the spinach and roughly chop the spinach 3-4 times and then place it into a bowl.
- Add the toasted sesame seeds to a suribachi (motor / grinding bowl) and grind with surikogi (pestal / wooden stick) and roughly grind the sesame seeds (does not have to all be grinded). Add the sugar, soy sauce and sake/mirin and mix together.
- Pour the dressing over the spinach and toss together. Serve and enjoy!
- Leftovers can be stored in an air tight container in the fridge for up to 3 days or frozen for up to 1 month.
- If using raw sesame seeds, toast them over low heat until it starts to smell nutty and some of the seeds begin to ‘pop’.
- Helpful Equipment: suribachi set (Japanese motor and pestal)
- Nutritional Information Disclaimer: Nutrition information is a rough estimate calculated on an online tool (Cronometer).