Recipe courtesy of Curtis Aikens

Spinach with Sesame Dressing

  • Total: 30 min
  • Prep: 30 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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1 pound spinach


2 tablespoons sesame seeds

1/2 teaspoon sugar

1 1/2 tablespoons soy sauce

2 tablespoons dashi (recipe above)


  1. In a large pot of boiling salted water blanch spinach for 1 to 2 minutes and refresh. Squeeze water out firmly but do not wring. Lightly toss spinach to separate stems and leaves, and place in a bowl.
  2. In a hot dry skillet, toast sesame seeds until they begin to pop. Reserve a teaspoon of toasted seeds for garnish. Transfer the rest of the seeds to a spice grinder or mortar and pestle. Grind until smooth. Pour into a bowl, if necessary, and add sugar, soy sauce and dashi. Mix well and pour over spinach. Toss to coat. Garnish with reserved seeds.

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