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A bowl of goma-ae Japanese greens

Goma-ae Japanese greens

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  • Preparation and cooking time
    • Prep:
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  • Easy
  • Serves 4

Serve this flavour-packed side dish alongside a Japanese feast. Spinach and green beans are tossed in a dressing of soy, miso, mirin and sesame seeds

  • Vegetarian
Nutrition: Per serving
NutrientUnit
kcal120
fat5g
saturates1g
carbs10g
sugars8g
fibre4g
protein5g
salt0.9g
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Ingredients

  • 200g fine green beans , trimmed
  • 250g spinach

For the sauce

  • 4 tbsp sesame seeds , toasted
  • 1 tbsp soy
  • 1 tbsp caster sugar
  • 1 tbsp white miso
  • 1 tbsp mirin
  • gomashio (salted sesame seeds), to serve (optional, available from amazon.co.uk)

Method

  • STEP 1

    Get a bowl of iced water ready. Bring a pan of salted water to the boil, add the green beans and cook for 2-3 mins until bright green but still crunchy. Use a slotted spoon to remove the beans and plunge them into the ice water. Add the spinach to the boiling water and cook for 20-30 secs, then remove and add to the ice water. Once cool, drain the greens in a sieve over the bowl and set aside for 5 mins so that all the water drips out of them.

  • STEP 2

    Make the dressing by grinding the sesame seeds with a pestle and mortar or spice grinder, then mix in the other ingredients. Toss the greens in the dressing, top with the gomashio, if using, and serve.

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Recipe from Good Food magazine, May 2018

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