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Japanese Spinach with Sesame Dressing Recipe
Serves: 4 person(s)
Great cold appetizer. From the NYT.

Ingredients
  • 12 oz. baby spinach
  • 3 tbsp toasted sesame seeds
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce (more to taste)
  • 1/2 oz sake
  • 1 tbs water (more to taste)
  • 1/2 teaspoon dark sesame oil

Directions: Bring a large pot of generously salted water to a boil. Fill a bowl with ice water. Blanch the spinach for 10 to 20 seconds in the boiling water and transfer to the ice water using a deep-fry skimmer. Drain and gently squeeze out water. Chop coarsely. Make the dressing. If your sesame seeds have not been toasted, heat a dry skillet over medium heat and add the sesame seeds. Stir and shake the pan constantly, and as soon as the seeds turn golden and smell nutty, transfer to a suribachi mortar and pestle or to a spice mill. Allow to cool. Grind the seeds just until crushed. Combine the soy sauce and sugar in a small bowl and stir until the sugar has dissolved. Add the sake and water, then stir in the ground sesame seeds. Thin out with water. Toss with the spinach and stir together until the dressing infuses the spinach. Be careful not to bruise the spinach leaves. Divide into four small bunches and place in the middle of four small plates or bowls. Drizzle on a few drops of sesame oil. Serve at room temperature.

Calories 78.5 kcal (328.4 kJ)
Grams (kcal) %
Total Fat 4.3 38.7 49.3 %
Saturated Fat 0.6 5.4 6.9 %
Total Trans Fat 0 0 0 %
Total Carbohydrate 7.3 29.2 37.2 %
Dietary Fiber 2.7
Sugars 2.6 10.4 13.2 %
Protein 3.9 15.6 19.9 %
Alcohol 0 0 0 %
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Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 106g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 78.5 kcal (328.4 kJ)
Calories from Fat 38.7 kcal (161.92 kJ)
% Daily Value (*)
Total Fat 4.3 g 6.6 %
Saturated Fat 0.6 g 3 %
Total Trans Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 0 mg 0 %
Sodium 293.7 mg 12.2 %
Potassium 515.9 mg 14.7 %
Total Carbohydrate 7.3 g 2.4 %
Dietary Fiber 2.7 g 10.8 %
Sugars 2.6 g
Protein 3.9 g 7.8 %
Calcium 151.1 mg 15.1 %
Alcohol 0 g
Iron 18.9 %   •   Magnesium 23.1 %
Manganese 50 %   •   Niacin 5 %
Phosphorus 8.9 %   •   Riboflavin 11.8 %
Selenium 1.9 %   •   Thiamin 6.7 %
Vitamin A 159.5 %   •   Vitamin B12 0 %
Vitamin B6 10 %   •   Vitamin C 39.8 %
Vitamin D 0 %   •   Vitamin E 0 %
Zinc 6.7 %   •  
(*) Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values maybe higher or lower depending on your calorie needs. These values are recommended by a government body. They are not Slim Diary recommendations.

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