Hourensou no goma-ae, literally translated to “spinach dressed in sesame sauce”, is a quick Japanese salad. Goma means sesame and ae meaning sauce. The sesame sauce is served as dressing to blanched vegetables. Two of the most popular vegetables used with goma-ae are spinach (hourensou) and green beans. It is an enjoyment as an appetizer or a side dish, especially during summer time! High in magnesium, one serving of cooked spinach will provide you 40% daily intake of magnesium.
Prep Time: 5 minutes Cooking Time: 5 minutes
Yield: 2 servings Ingredients
- 1/2 pound spinach, washed
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce
- 1 1/2 teaspoon sugar
- 2 tablespoon sesame seeds, toasted and ground (see directions below)
- 1 teaspoon whole sesame seeds
- Blanch spinach in boiling water for 1 minute. Be careful not to overcook.
- Cool spinach with cold water. Drain and lightly squeeze spinach to remove water.
- Cut spinach into 2 inch sections. Set aside.
- Toast 2 tablespoon sesame seeds over medium heat, stirring constantly, until turning gold and fragrant, roughly about 2 to 3 minutes.
- Grind sesame seeds using a mortar and pestle or an electric grinder.
- Mix ground sesame seeds with soy sauce and sugar in a small bowl.
- Mix spinach with the sesame dressing.
- Sprinkle 1 teaspoon whole sesame seeds over spinach and serve.