This salad is a staple in Japanese cuisine. It’s called Goma Ae. Goma is the Japanese word for sesame seeds, and Ae means to dress vegetables. That’s exactly what we’re doing here. You’ll commonly find it made with green beans and spinach, which is what we’re using.
It’s a raw preparation, so you get all of the vitamins and minerals in the spinach with no degradation, but because of the technique I describe, the spinach is almost wilted. I think you’re really going to like it. And if you’ve never had Goma Ae you’re in for a treat.
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I love finding the best healthy recipes from around the world, and bringing them to you to eat deliciously and nutritiously, so be sure to give this one a try.
JAPANESE GOMA AE
Ingredients [Serves 2]
Spinach (5 oz. bag)
1 cup raw tahini (sesame butter)
1 tbsp. gluten-free tamari
2 tbsp. liquid coconut nectar (I prefer Coconut Secrets brand)
1/4 cup filtered water
2 tbsp. raw sesame seeds
Add all ingredients, except spinach, to a mixing bowl and mix with a fork.
Next, take the spinach on a cutting board, and roll over the spinach a few times with a rolling pin, and massage in hands to make it limp, giving it a “sautéed” like appearance. Place in a bowl, combine with sesame sauce, and mix again with a fork. Garnish with sesame seeds.
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