Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Sushi: That awesome salad dressing

Breakfast: Berry smoothie with almond milk and oats

Lunch: Leftover Totoro rolls with awesome sushi-house-style salad

Dinner: Soba noodle stir-fry with tahini sauce

If you feel that smoothies don't fill you up in a morning, or that they're just not sufficient to get you through til lunchtime after that bike ride to work, try putting a tbsp of oats in the mix too. Instant energy influx!

It's a bit strange, you might think, to devote an entire post to the salad dressing that you get in sushi restaurants. Well, not if you live with a person for whom that little salad is the highlight of the whole meal. Putin's (not so) little face lit up when I said I'd try to figure out what that dressing was made of, and the fact that he ate the whole thing when I'd made it makes me think that I got it spot on.

The salad itself is ridiculously simple, but it's the dressing that makes it - and the good news is that that's super simple too!

You'll need:
(Feeds 2)
1/2 an iceberg lettuce
1 large tomato
1/2 a carrot
1/2 tbsp light miso
1 tbsp fresh grated ginger
2 tbsp lemon juice
1 tbsp sesame oil
2 tbsp vegetable oil
1/4 tbsp sugar
1/4 tbsp rice vinegar
1/2 cup water

Chop up the lettuce, tomato and grate the carrot into a bowl
Blend all the dressing ingredients together, adding the water in a bit at a time
Add more water if necessary to reach your desired consistency

And voila - that dressing you've always loved but never made at home! It's actually way easier to double the amounts and make twice as much, but only if you know you're going to eat it twice in a row - which is quite likely.

As it's just getting nice and sunny, remember that sushi and this salad make a fantastic little picnic treat, not just because it impresses your friends and makes them think you're all fancy like.

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