Monday, January 21, 2008

0 Recipe #25: Gimme a Gimesamwata Sarada :) (Japanese Salad)

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Sarada ( サラだ ) is the Japanese word for salad. Gimesamwata sarada is the salad you will typically find in Japanese steakhouses. You know, those delicious salads topped with ginger dressing that you secretly wish you had the recipe for? ;) Well, you're in luck there, because I just created a recipe that closely resembles those very same steakhouse salads.

I got a lot of requests from family & friends asking me to create/post this recipe, so they could make it in their own homes, and so, by popular demand, here it is:

Gimesamwata Sarada (Japanese Salad)

1 c. iceberg lettuce, sliced into chunks
1/3 c. green cabbage, roughly chopped
1/3 c. red/purple cabbage, roughly chopped
4 Tbsp. scallion, sliced crosswise into thin rounds (about 2 large scallions)
1/3 c. red onion, sliced into long, thin crescent-shaped slivers
2/3 c. cucumber, peeled into alternating striped pattern & diced (about 1/2 a medium-sized cucumber)
1/3 c. mushrooms, sliced
1/4 c. celery, shredded
1/3 c. baby carrots, shredded
3 Tbsp. daikon (or red) radish, shredded
1/3 c. mung bean sprouts (optional)
2 Tbsp. fresh parsley, finely minced
3/4 c. silken tofu, sliced into 1/2" cubes
2 tsp. sesame seeds, toasted
Japanese ginger dressing (see recipe)

Directions: Add all ingredients to a large salad bowl & toss. Serve & enjoy!

Yield: 4 servings as a side salad, or 2 servings as a main course.

Serving Suggestions: If you're having this salad for lunch, you can add 4 oz. sliced chicken or tofu cubes for your protein source.

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