Spinach Goma-ae (Japanese Salad)

  • Date August 15, 2013
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Goma means sesame seed in Japanese and goma-ae are dishes prepared with sesame seasoning. As I preached about this in my "How to Order Sushi", ordering items other than sushi when you go out is a good way to make a healthy alternative to sushi. The other night we ordered in sushi and decided to make this spinach dish as a side to our take out order.  I will admit now that I made this dish in the afternoon with the intent of serving to the friends and family that I was staying with while in the Okanagan. However, spinach really does shrink up and I ended up eating it all! So it was never served with dinner, but it sure was good! 


300 calories for the whole dish!

  • 1 bunch spinach (I used a pre-washed container of baby spinach - 220 grams)
  • 3 tbsp roasted sesame seeds
  • Dash sesame oil
  • 1-2 tbsp. soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp sugar


 Put sesame seeds in a frying pan and roast them on medium heat until 2-3 sesame seeds jump (similar to popcorn).  

Keep shaking the pan to rotate the sesame seeds so they won't get burnt. Remove from the heat immediately.

Grind the roasted sesame seeds in a grinder or with a wooden pestle. In my case, I was blogging from a foreign kitchen and ended up having to crush the seeds with a spoon.  Took awhile, but it was a nice arm workout.

Add sugar and mix well, then add soy sauce. Mix all together and set aside. 

Boil water and add the spinach. 

I boiled for less than 2 minutes, then drained and let cool in some cold water with ice. 

Then I squeezed the spinach to get the water out (if I was in my kitchen I would have used a cheese cloth for expediency). 

Mix in the sauce. 

Let chill in the fridge and serve as a side to your meal!

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