Gluten Free, Salads, Sauces, Side Dishes, vegetarian
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Wakame Avocado Salad with Toasted Sesame Dressing

Wakame Salad with Toasted Sesame Dressing recipe

Sesame sauce is hugely popular in Asian countries, I grew up eating steamed wobbly rice rolls topped with flavoursome sesame sauce for breakfast, one of my absolute childhood favorites. The other of my beloved dish is hand-torn chicken and julienned cucumber served with silky, sweet sesame sauce. In fact, I love everything with a toasted sesame flavour, so sesame oil becomes my definite pantry item, a drizzle here and a drizzle there, a natural flavour enhancer.

I was at my daughter’s school summer fair the other day and I was helping out at one of the food stalls. A fellow mother made summer rolls with a sesame dipping sauce which were so delicious that they sold out almost within just an hour. I was definitely spellbound by the smooth, delectable sauce that I didn’t hesitate to ask her for the recipe. She has given me the list of ingredients but I have to work out the quantities myself. So here is my version of the sesame sauce which I serve here as a salad dressing, and I hope you will like it and will make it again and again.

Note: you can use a blender instead of grounding the seeds by hand, but I don’t have a powerful blender so I use pestle and mortar instead. You can also use chicken/vegetable stock or dashi in place of water, which I will try for sure for my next batch of dressing.

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Serves 4

For the dressing:

  • 1 cup toasted sesame seeds
  • 1/4 cup tamari (or regular soy sauce if not gluten free)
  • 1/4 cup mirin
  • 1.5 tbsp. agave syrup
  • 2 tbsp. toasted sesame oil
  • 2 tbsp. rice wine vinegar
  • 8 tbsp. water (plus more if needed)

For the salad:

  • Dried wakame seaweed (1 tbsp. per person), rehydrated with water
  • avocado, peeled and chopped
  • cherry tomato, halved
  • radicchio, torn into small pieces (or chopped)
  • mixed lettuces
  • chopped cucumber (optional)
  • reddish, sliced (optional)

In a dry frying pan, toast the sesame seeds until fragrant (about 2 minutes). Transfer them to a pestle and mortar then ground, in batches, until they are mostly in powder.

In a medium mixing bowl, combine all the rest of the ingredients and mixed well. This dressing is a bit thicker than the usual salad dressing, but feel free to add more water (one tablespoon at a time) if you would like it thinner, but adjust the seasoning accordingly.

Add into the salad and mixed well.





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