The perfect partner: Spinach + avocado salad w/ sesame wasabi dressing21

Posted on April 18, 2009 by ChristieGluten Free, Sides, Taste Tests, Vegan, Vegetarian


[Spinach and avocado salad w/ sesame wasabi dressing]

This salad is just crying out to be served with some BBQ’d tofu – the perfect vegan meal!

It would also be right at home next to a nice piece of salmon, a grilled chicken breast, a juicy steak – can you see where I’m going with this?  Yes that’s right, it goes with everything!

I really like having a green salad with my dinner so I don’t overeat, but I like it to be varied and nutritionally valuable, so it needs to have more than just lettuce.

Avocado makes a consistent appearance  (I’m a major fan and they’re really cheap at the moment – 3 for $4!) as do spring onions (scallions), cucumber, rocket (rouquette), capsicum, snow peas (mangetout), beans, sprouts and cabbage.

One of the best combinations though is this one: spinach, cucumber and avocado. You get earthiness, crunch and creaminess, it’s simply perfect.

The next important step for a green salad is the dressing. I’m a big lover of the classic balsamic vinegar and olive oil. As long as they’re both of the highest quality you can afford. I’ve been splashing Single Estate Koron Peloponnese on everything lately.

This salad is jazzed up nicely with a spicy hit of wasabi, mellow sesame oil, tangy lime juice and a good sprinkling of vitamin E rich sesame seeds. I’ve used grated fresh wasabi stem that I got from Shima Wasabi but you can easily substitute in the one in the tube to taste. Although I recommend getting some from Shima as there really is no comparison to the real thing!

Happy cooking! Christie x

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RECIPE

Spinach and avocado salad w/ sesame wasabi dressing
serves 4 as a side salad

4 big handfuls baby spinach leaves
1 large avocado, diced
1 Lebanese cucumber, finely sliced into half moons
1 tablespoon sesame seeds

dressing:
1/2 lime, juiced
1/2 teaspoon freshly grated wasabi stem (or more, to taste)
2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 teaspoons sesame oil
1 tablespoon peanut oil
1 teaspoon rice wine vinegar
ground white pepper, to taste

1. Place all the salad ingredients, except the sesame seeds, into a large bowl or platter.

2. Whisk together all the dressing ingredients in a small bowl. Drizzle over the salad and toss lightly to coat.

3. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and serve.

LOVE SALADS? ME TOO! Here’s some more:

Tabbouli salad (GF, V, VG)
Spring vegetable potato salad w/ yoghurt dressing (GF, V)
Roasted cauliflower and chickpea salad (GF, V, VG)
Feta and preserved lemon salad (GF, V)

  • http://blog.lemonpi.net Y

    Mmm… tasty! I’m loving avocados at the moment too.

  • http://souvlakiforthesoul.com Peter G

    I love your philosophy behind salad prep Christie…these are great flavours and ingredients!

  • http://shizuokagourmet.wordpress.com/ Robert-Gilles Martineau

    Dera Friend!
    Greetings from Shizuoka, Japan!
    Why do I have the impression this recipe is Japanese inspired? LOl
    Great pic and great recipe?
    I actually live in the land of Wasabi as Shizuoka Prefecture produces 80% of the total Japanese crop!
    We even have a local wasabi salad dressing!
    It wil be easy for me to emulate your idea!
    Cheers,
    Robert-Gilles

  • http://www.hedonistichostess.com.au Hedonistic Hostess

    I’ve never used fresh wasabi at home, but I love the powdered wasabi. I’d imagine the fresh stem would be much more flavourful. Seriously tempted to order some online…in fact I think I will.

  • http://www.hungryandfrozen.blogspot.com Laura @ Hungry and Frozen

    This is so pretty! Unfortch avocados are getting more and more expensive here :( the dressing sounds gorgeous.

  • http://www.hogletk.wordpress.com Arwen from Hoglet K

    Nice salad Christie – you’ve got a great combination of textures and flavours.

  • http://aromasysabores-heidileon.blogspot.com/ heidi leon

    Hola Christie,

    Oh girl, looks like this post of you was made with me on your mind, I just looove salads so much, they have become my main dish, problem is I was about to start to get short on ideas of new salad recipes.

    I agree on the spinach-cucumber-avocadocombo. Is a winner!. The downsize is here in China avocados are so damn expensive, but since they are so healthy I will just ignore the price tag and put them on my basket when I hit the supermarket.

    Oh, if you ask me, I believe your salad is crying: salmon, salmon!!!! ;-D

  • http://raspberricupcakes.blogspot.com Steph

    Ooh yum, wasabi goes so well in salad dressings, what a perfect combination. I’m so envious of your fresh wasabi supply!

  • http://www.ecurry.com Soma

    I am in love with that dressing!! I always have avocados at home, nothing can beat this combinations. Lovely.

  • http://dragonskitchen.blogspot.com Dragon

    Is it wrong that I want to bathe in that dressing? :)

  • http://www.notquitenigella.com Lorraine @NotQuiteNigella

    I’ll take it! But with dressing on the side I think ;)

  • http://www.norecipes.com Marc @ NoRecipes

    I realize our seasons are reversed, but that salad looks positively springy!

  • http://www.figandcherry.com Christie

    @Y – They’re so yummy aren’t they?!
    @Peter G – Thanks Peter, appreciate it :)
    @Robert – I’d love to hear what your local wasabi dressing recipe is! Hope you enjoy my version.
    @Hedonistic Hostess – I’ve never tried powdered wasabi only the paste that comes in a tube. You’re right though, the fresh one in incomparable. Well worth seeking out.
    @Laura – Boo for expensive avos! Hope they come down in price soon for you.
    @Arwen – Thanks very much! :)
    @Heidi – I agree wholeheartedly! Salmon with this salad is divine.
    @Steph – I know! I love the spicy heat it adds.
    @Soma – :) Glad to have another avo lover here!
    @Dragon – Ha! You crack me up! Go ahead and bathe in it all you like mate.
    @Lorraine – One side would be lovely for dipping :)
    @Marc – You’re right, it’s very Spring-like. Enjoy!

  • http://beyondbeeton.com/recipes/step-by-step-recipe-orange-and-poppyseed-cupcakes-with-passionfruit-butter-cream Rachel

    This looks lovely and would be wonderful with some nice salmon. Actually it would be great with anything, thanks for the idea.

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  • http://dishinanddishes.wordpress.com Katie

    Mmmmmmmmm…love anything with asian dressing and avocado is heaven! I am intrigued with the addition of the wasabi to the dressing….a MUST try for me!

  • http://www.huggingthecoast.com Hugging the Coast

    This looks terrific! I’ll definitely be mentioning it on our blog on Monday.

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