Japanese Style Salad with Miso Dressing

“Japanese style salad”

Japanese style salad is boiled vegetables with a dressing. The key point is to remove excess water throughly then mix the vegetables and dressing together while the vegetables are still a bit warm. I usually set aside for 5 minutes at least. That helps the flavours to settle. Sometimes raw vegetables, seaweed and seafood are used. You can use any vegetables you like. Commonly used vegetables for the salad are spinach, bean sprout, eggplants, carrots and cucumbers. If you are bored with boiled vegetables, you can try this recipe 🙂

Veges w: Sesame Miso_MG_9181


Ingredients (2 small serves)

  • Spinach …………….…… 3-4 bunches
  • White Radish ……………. about 5 cm length
  • Green Soybeans …………….… 3 tbsp


  • Miso ………………….… 1 & 1/2 tsp
  • Shichimi Spice ……..… 1 tsp
  • Sesame Oil ………….…. 1 tsp
  • Salt ………………..…… a pinch
  • Sesame Seeds ……..… 1 tsp

 *White radish is “Daikon” in Japanese. You can replace it with normal radish, crunchy vegetables like carrots or bean sprouts.

 *Green Soybeans are “Edamame” in Japanese. They are immature soybeans that contain more vitamins than the mature soybeans. In Australia, you can get frozen green soybeans at some Asian grocery stores. 

 *Shichimi Spice is Japanese chilli pepper with 6 other spices. You can replace with just dried chilli, if you like it hot and spicy. Gewurzhaus sells Shichimi as well as some Asian grocery shops. 

*Sesame seeds can be fried beforehand in a teflon frying pan without oil to get a roasted flavour.



  1. Boil water in a pan with a pinch of salt.
  2. Once the water has boiled, throw the spinach in. Cook for 30 seconds to a minute.
  3. Strain the boiled water from the spinach then quickly pour cold water over it.
  4. Squeeze the spinach to remove water throughly then cut into about 5 cm lengths.
  5. Slice white radish then put salt on it.
  6. After 5-10 minutes, squeeze radish to remove excess water from it thoroughly.
  7. Boil the soybeans for a minute then set aside.
  8. Grind the sesame seeds in a mortar.
  9. Add miso paste, salt and Shichimi spice then mix well.
  10. Add the sesame oil into the miso mixture then mix well.
  11. Combine all the vegetables and dressing together.
  12. Serve it on a plate.

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