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Easy Japanese Spinach Salad (Goma Ae)

5 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
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Easy Japanese Spinach Salad (Goma Ae)

5 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time

Goma ae (sesame spinach salad) is a classic Japanese side dish made with blanched spinach tossed in a nutty roasted sesame dressing. It’s delicious, healthy and surprisingly easy to make!

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Ingredients (2 servings)

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250g English spinach
3 tbsp white sesame seeds
1 tbsp soy sauce
1 tbsp monk fruit erythritol sweetener
1/2 tsp mirin
1/2 tsp sake
  1. Toast sesame seeds in a nonstick skillet over medium-low heat until fragrant and lightly golden brown. Stir frequently to avoid burning.
  2. Let toasted sesame seeds cool down slightly, then grind them up with a mortar and pestle.
  3. Transfer ground sesame seeds to a small mixing bowl. Whisk in soy sauce, monk fruit erythritol sweetener, mirin and sake until combined. Set aside.
  4. Prepare an ice bath, and bring a large pot of water to a boil.
  5. Add spinach to boiling water and cook for 30 seconds. Drain and dunk in ice bath immediately to stop the cooking.
  6. Drain spinach and squeeze out as much excess liquid as you can with your hands.
  7. Roughly chop spinach into smaller pieces.
  8. Mix spinach with sesame sauce until combined. Serve warm or cold. Enjoy!
Notes
  • When grinding the sesame seeds into paste, you can leave them coarsely ground for more texture, or grind them finely if you prefer a smoother texture.
  • Feel free to substitute monk fruit erythritol sweetener with any other neutral-tasting sweetener of choice.
  • Omit sake if you can’t take alcohol.