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Sesame Shiitake Vinaigrette and Asian Radish Salad
Sesame Shiitake Vinaigrette with Asian Radish Salad
Prep Time
20 mins
Total Time
20 mins
 

This delicious sesame shiitake dressing goes with all variations of fresh leafy salad greens and crisp vegetable. Makes 1 3/4 cup dressing. Plenty for a week's worth of salads.

Course: Salad, Salad Dressings
Cuisine: Vegan, Vegetarian
Keyword: #healthy #saladrecipes #shiitake #sesame #saladdressings
Servings: 2 cups
Author: Letty Flatt
Ingredients
For the vinaigrette:
  • 2 dried shiitake mushrooms
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons sesame seeds
  • 1 cup avocado or grapeseed oil
  • 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons and 2 teaspoons tamari soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons reserved mushroom soaking water
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon xanthan gum powder , optional (see note)
The salad:
  • 4 radishes , trimmed and washed
  • 1 carrot , peeled
  • Sesame Shiitake Vinaigrette , as needed
  • 4 handfuls mixed salad greens
  • 1/4 sheet nori (Japanese seaweed)
Instructions
The vinaigrette:
  1. Put the mushrooms in a small bowl and cover with boiling water. Let soak until the mushrooms are soft, about 10 minutes. Toast the sesame seeds in a small skillet, stirring until they are golden in color. Remove from the heat so they don’t burn.
  2. Drain the mushrooms, reserving 3 tablespoons of the soaking water. Trim and discard the stem; chop the mushrooms.
  3. In a blender jar, put the oil, vinegar, soy sauce, reserved soaking water, sesame oil, the chopped mushrooms and xanthan gum, if using. Whir about 10 seconds, just until the mushrooms are tiny pieces. Add the toasted sesame seeds and blend a few seconds more.
  4. Store in a glass jar, refrigerated.
Assemble the salad:
  1. Chill 4 salad plates. Slice the radishes thinly. Using a vegetable peeler, peel thin ribbons from the carrot stick.
  2. Pour about 2 tablespoons of Sesame Shiitake Vinaigrette into a mixing bowl. Add the greens, gently tossing so they are lightly coated. Divide between the chilled plates.
  3. Pour another tablespoon of dressing into the bowl. Toss the radishes and carrot ribbons until lightly coated. Arrange on top of the greens. Cut the nori strips in slivers and sprinkle on top of the salad. Serve immediately.

Recipe Notes

Xanthan gum is an optional ingredient--definitely not crucial to the flavor of the vinaigrette or the finished salad.