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    How To Make Shabu Shabu Salad With Homemade Sesame Dressing-Japanese Taste

    How To Make Shabu Shabu Salad With Homemade Sesame Dressing

    by Mana Sobral

    Salad Pork Sesame Side Dish Gluten Free Easy Healthy Under 30 Minutes

    Shabu Shabu salad and sesame dressing form a dynamic duo in Japanese cuisine, offering an irresistible fusion of flavors and freshness.

    Sesame dressing, known as "goma dressing" in Japan, is a flavorful blend of toasted sesame seeds, soy sauce, vinegar, a hint of sugar, nerigoma (Japanese sesame paste), mayonnaise, and miso. With each bite, it's a burst of flavors, enriched by the inviting aroma of roasted sesame seeds.

    Picture a Shabu Shabu salad, inspired by the Japanese hot pot technique. This salad is all about diverse textures, featuring delicate pork slices briefly blanched in boiling water, alongside an array of crisp veggies like lettuce, cucumber, and radish. What makes it truly special is your ability to customize it with your favorite veggies, turning it into a canvas of flavors awaiting your creative touch.

    The true enchantment unfolds when you drizzle that nutty and savory sesame dressing over the Shabu Shabu salad. It's a culinary symphony, as the dressing beautifully complements the umami-rich meat and the fresh vegetables you've personally selected.

    But it's not only about the taste; it's also about health. Sesame seeds are a nutritional powerhouse, boasting calcium, iron, and healthy fats, including monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. Moreover, they're a valuable source of omega-3 fatty acids, a type of polyunsaturated fat renowned for its cardiovascular benefits. This nutrient combination transforms the Shabu Shabu salad into a delectable and nourishing choice.

    In essence, sesame dressing and Shabu Shabu salad form a harmonious pair, exemplifying the artistry and innovation of Japanese cuisine. With their rich flavors, invigorating textures, and a dash of cultural enchantment, they invite you to embark on a culinary adventure that's as gratifying as it is delightful.

    Whether served as a side dish or the star of your meal, this duo guarantees a dining experience you won't want to miss. Now, let's jump into the recipe!


    Prep time: 10 mins

    Cook time: 10 mins

    Total time: 20 mins

    Total servings: 2

    Difficulty: Easy

    • 200g Sliced Pork Belly or Shoulder, chopped bite-sized pieces
    • 100g English Cucumber, peeled
    • 80g Carrots, peeled
    • 60g Mixed Greens
    • 30g Cilantro
    • 1 Tbsp Sesame Seeds (for the dressing)
    • 1 Tbsp Mayo (for the dressing)
    • 1/2 tsp Red Miso Paste (for the dressing)
    • 1 Tbsp White Sugar (for the dressing)
    • 1 Tbsp Nerigoma (Japanese Sesame Paste, can sub Tahini) (for the dressing)
    • 1.5 tsp Soy Sauce (for the dressing)
    • 2 Tbsp Rice Vinegar (for the dressing)
    • 1 Tbsp Olive Oil (for the dressing)
    • 1 tsp Sesame Oil (for the dressing)
    • 1/4 tsp Salt (for the dressing)
    • 1 Tbsp Water (for the dressing)

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    shabu shabu salad ingredients
    1) Gathering the Ingredients

    Gather the ingredients for the salad and the dressing together.

    toasting sesame seeds toasted sesame seeds, after they turn golden brown
    2) Toasting Sesame Seeds For The Dressing

    Toast the sesame seeds in a small pan over low heat, stirring continuously until they become golden and release a fragrant aroma.

    grinding the sesame seeds sesame seeds, after they have been grinded
    3) Grinding the Sesame Seeds

    Grind the toasted sesame seeds using a mortar and pestle, like a suribachi. Then, set them aside. 

    sesame dressing ingredients adding the ingredients into a mixing bowl liquid ingredients for the dressing sesame dressing, mixed together adding toasted sesame seeds into the dressing
    4) Making the Sesame Dressing

    To make the dressing, mix sugar, nerigoma, mayo, red miso paste, and salt in a small bowl. Stir to combine.

    Next, add in the olive oil, soy sauce, sesame oil, rice vinegar, and water. Mix well. 

    Finally, add the toasted and ground sesame seeds. Set aside.

    Note: You can substitute nerigoma for tahini if desired. 

    Blanching sliced pork in hot water Taking the pork out, once it's cooked and no longer pink
    5) Cooking the Shabu Shabu Pork

    In a medium-sized pan, get some hot water ready. Blanch the sliced pork in the hot water until it changes color. Once it's cooked, take it out of the pot with tongs and let it cool on a tray lined with kitchen paper. Arrange the sliced pork on the tray to let any excess moisture drain.

    Peeling the carrot with a vegetable peeler Thinly shaved cucumber slices Cutting cilantro stems in half
    6) Preparing the Vegetables for the Salad

    Thinly shave the cucumber and carrots using a vegetable peeler. Cut cilantro stems into smaller, bite-sized pieces.

    Tip: Thinly sliced vegetables pair well with sliced pork.

    prepared shabu shabu salad ingredients plated shabu shabu salad
    7) Plating the Salad

    Arrange the vegetables and sliced pork as desired. 

    finished and plated shabu shabu salad with sesame dressing remaining sesame dressing
    8) Serving the Salad

    Drizzle sesame dressing and the remaining grinding sesame seeds on top. Enjoy!

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